Aussie junior Luke Saville secures 2nd junior slam title

29 Jan

Aussie junior Luke Saville serves up a storm.

Luke Saville, the 17 year old right hander from Adelaide, who looks as though he would be more comfortable on a beach with a surfboard tucked under his arm, won the Australian Open boys junior singles title yesterday. He defeated Canada’s Filip Peliwo 6/3 5/7 6/4.

In what must have been a huge thrill for the players, the boys singles was played as the warm-up match on Rod Laver Arena prior to the women’s singles final. It is extremely unusual for the juniors to play on the main arena – and does not happen at all at either Wimbledon and the US Open. A key staffer with the ITF recalled a French Open junior final being played on the Stadium court at Roland Garros the year Richard Gasquet was in the final.

Saville and Peliwo have something of a junior rivalry going on with Peliwo winning the previous battle in another tight 3 set match just last week in the lead-up event for the juniors down at Traralgon. Saville had match points in that one – but could not convert, so this victory was sweet revenge. Luke Saville completes a trifecta of recent winners of the boys singles for the home nation. Brydan Klein (2007) and Bernard Tomic (2008) were the most recent winners.

Saville is the current number 1 world ranked junior boy and also is the current Wimbledon junior singles title holder. He hopes to clean up in a couple more junior slams this year whilst also embarking on a breakthrough year on the mens ATP tour. He currently is ranked around 1200 on the ATP computer. Saville’s goal is to finish 2012 inside the top 400 on the ATP mens computer. He is one to watch.

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