by Ian Marshall, Editor
Notably the names of Guilherme Teodoro and Vladislav Ursu appear prominently on the junior boys’ singles entry list; semi-finalist at last year’s Pan American Junior Championships, Guilherme Teodoro is the no.2 seed, quarter-finalist earlier this year in the Czech Republic, Vladislav Ursu occupies the no.3 seeded position.
Likewise, in the junior boys’ team event, Guilherme Teodoro and Vladislav Ursu line up alongside Felix Cozmolici also from Moldova, the trio occupies top spot; Spain’s Francisco Miguel Ruiz, Marc Gutierrez and Alberto Lillo are the no.2 seeds.
Meanwhile, on duty at the recent Liebherr 2019 World Team Championships in Budapest, next in line in the junior boys’ singles seeding is Hungary’s Csaba Andras; he is followed by Switzerland’s Pedro Osirio and Croatia’s Ivor Ban; Spain’s Alberto Lillo and Italy’s Carlo Rossi complete the top eight seeds. All are familiar names on this year’s ITTF World Junior Circuit, the player to shine being Ivor Ban, in February, he was the runner up in the Czech Republic.
International experience of note, it is the same in the cadet boys’ singles event. The winner earlier in the year in Chile, Peru’s Carlos Fernandez is the top seed; he is followed by Germany’s Mike Hollo and the Russian duo of Denis Izdrumov and Vladislav Makarov. Earlier this year in the Czech Republic Denis Izdrumov emerged the winner; Vladislav Makarov progressed to the semi-final round losing to Japan’s Sora Matsushima.
Equally in the cadet boys’ doubles event the names of Vladislav Makarov and Mike Hollo appear prominently; Vladislav Makarov alongside Sergey Ryzhov occupy the top seeded spot, Mike Hollo and Tayler Fox are the next in line. Somewhat similarly, in the cadet boys’ team competition, Denis Izdumov and Vladislav Makarov reserved the top seeded position; Mike Hollo and Felix Kohler are the next in the order.
Impressively, the junior boys’ singles event has attracted 91 entries, a total of 51 competitors being the number for the cadet boys’ singles competition.