The Kungens Kanna & Drottningens Pris is ranked as one of the world’s best junior tournaments for 14-year-olds. No less than 30 countries will be participating in the starting line-up. All of Europe’s leading tennis nations will be sending their national team and coaches to Stockholm.
On the boys’ side, fourteen of the 20 top-ranked players will start the tournament when it kicks off in 9 days at the Royal Tennis Hall. An interesting question for this year is if Russia continues its past dominance. There has normally been an army of Russian talent invading the tournament. However this year, players seem to be more evenly spread out between the nations.
The strong Croat, Borna Devald are many people’s favourite due to his efforts in Teen Tennis (Bolton) and unofficial Indoor World Cup – France Tarbes, he was a finalist in both events and is now ranked number 2 on the Tennis Europe rankings. Borna will leave nothing to chance and will meticulously prepare this week at Magnus Normans successful tennis academy Good to Great.
Interesting opponents to Borna Devald are David Taczala (POL) and Victor Jovic (SRB) who both performed well in Tarbes. Also, outsiders Jeffrey von der Schulenburg from Switzerland and Israeli Victor Gaponenko are interesting players to keep an eye on.
As for the Drottningens Pris, half of the top 20 girls are registered for the tournament. A strong trio who are all ranked among the top ten will be exciting to look out for. All of them reached the quarter finals this year in Tarbes. Daria Snigur (UKR), Frayman Daria (RUS) and Romana Cisovska (SVK).
Adding to the excitement is that many of the world’s best 13-year-olds also will be showing up. Younger girls worth pointing out are Dasha Lopatetskaya (UKR) winner of the Orange Bowl, Noah Krznaric (CRO) who recently won the Eddie Herr International Junior Championships in Florida and Britain’s Holly Fischer.