AN EVENT THAT SUCCESS COMES TO 34 YEARS

The International Tennis Championship of youth arrives in 2017 celebrating 34 years of absolute success in the sports world. Considered the most important Latin American competition youth tennis, the Championship happens on 10 until 19 February (qualifier on 11 and 12, and main draw 13 until 19). In its latest edition the Gerdau Cup met players from over 50 countries.


Throughout its history the event has had the participation of thousands of players from all continents, arriving in Porto Alegre with the certainty of finding a great tournament, with characteristics similar to a professional competition and in some cases even higher, such is the structure offered to players, coaches, parents, managers and referees. This concept is inspired by the dedication and work that the protein Promotions Sports has been developing since the inaugural event in 1984.

 

Another striking aspect to be highlighted is that this event is the only sporting event sponsored throughout its existence by the same company, in the case GERDAU, something unheard of when it comes to athletic competition. This fact also deserved recognition for 5 consecutive years, the Tennis Award - The best of the Year, for the best juniors championship.


The  Best of 2009, The Best of 2010, where he was made a tribute to the entrepreneur Frederico Johannpeter dedicated to the support of Tennis championship,  The Best of 2011, The best of 2012 and The best of 2013.
 
The Tennis Award - Best of the Year, is sponsored by TENNIS Magazine, in partnership with CBT - Brazilian Tennis Confederation, and since 2009 chooses the best tennis players, tournaments and highlights of the season is an event that honors the highlights of tennis year and is considered the Oscar of the Brazilian tennis.

 

FORMER CHAMPIONS | Names today enshrined in the Professional Circuit began by Gerdau Tennis Cup in these 30 years. Gustavo Kuerten, champion of Roland Garros, was the champion of 18 years in 1994. Andy Roddick, David Nalbandian, Joachim Johansson, Fernando Gonzalez, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Mariano Zabaleta and Juan Martin del Potro (who participated in four editions of the Copa Gerdau) were other highlights. In 18 years male is important to remember that the Pernambuco José Pereira Júnior "recovered "from the title for Brazil in 2008 after two years of foreign presence in the highest place of the podium. José Pereira won again in 2009, when he passed the American Tennys Sandgren by 2 sets to 1, partial 4/6, 6/1 and 6/4. In 2010 Frenchman Mathias Bourgue won the title 18 years. Bourgue became champion by defeating Czech Jiri Vesely, 11 head-to-key, in two sets, partial 6/3 and 7/6 (2) in 1h58min. In 2011 came the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro win the title 18 years. Monteiro won the Bolivian Hugo Dellien, number 2 in the world among youth who was the main favorite, by 2 sets to 1, partial 6/4, 3/6 and 6/4. The match lasted 2h02min. In 2012, the Frenchman Mathias Bourgue won the championship in 18 years male. Bourgue Belgian Kimmer Coppejans defeated in straight sets, partial 6/3 and 6/2.


In 2013 the Italian Gianluigi Quinzi won the title 18 years. Quinzi became champion by defeating Stefan Kozlov in two sets, partcial 6/4 and 6/3 in 1h30m.


In 2014 the Brazilian Orlando Luz won the title of champion. The Brazilian won the Belgian Clement Geens. The 16 year old tennis player lifted the trophy after two sets, winning with partial 6/4 and 6/2. The last Brazilian to win the tournament was the Ceará Thiago Monteiro, champion in 2011. In 2015 the brazilian Orlando Luz celebrated winning the championship for the second year. Orlandinho, 17 and current number 2 in the world ranking category, defeated American William Blumberg, 17, and head number six of the tournament in straight sets, with partial of 6/3 and 6/4. The starting took an hour and 50 minutes. 

In 2016 the Japanese Yosuke Watanuki took the title of champion, playing with the North American John McNally, winning in two sets, with partial of 6/2 and 6/0.


In females, important to mention the presence of champions in recent years: a tennis player from Zimbabwe Cara Black won the 18 in 1997, the Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik was champion in 1998, Argentina's Gisela Dulko won in 1999, the Hungarian Tunde Nemeth in 2000, the Croatian Matea Mezak in 2001, beating none other than Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, Switzerland's Myriam Casanova in 2002, the year the Copa Gerdau also counted with the presence of Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia. The Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko became champion in 2003, the Russian Irina Kotkin in 2004, the Romanian Alexandra Dul Gheru 2005 and Czech Katerina Vankova in 2006. In 2007, it was the turn of France Cindy Chala. In 2008 the title was in the hands of Romanian Elena Bogdan. And in 2009 the victory was Silva Njiric, Croatia, who beat Jana Cepelova, Slovakia, by 6/3 and 7/6 (7) continuing the taboo category, where Brazil have not won since 1996. The title won the 18 years in 2010, won the Puerto Rican Monica Puig. Puig won the trophy by beating American Jessica Pegula turning, partial 2/6, 7/6 (5) and 6/3, in 2h20minutos. In 2011, the victory was 18 years with Canada's Eugenie Bouchard, who needed only 56 minutes to beat the Slovakian in straight sets Viktoria Malova, partial 6/1 and 6/2. In 2012, the title remained with the Kazakh Danilina Anna, who won the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia also in straight sets, with partial 6/2 and 6/3.


In 2013 Varvara Flink won the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia by 2 sets to 1, 1/6, 6/2 and 6/1 in 2h10m.


In 2014, after two hours and 50 minutes of match, played on the main court of the Leopoldina Youth Association, the Swiss Jil Belen Teichmann won the title by winning the Spanish Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov upset by 3/6, 6/4 and 7 / 6 (10). The trophy of the gaucho is the first international tournament won by tennis player in his entire career. In 2015, the American Usue Maitena Arconada, in just under an hour and a half game, the seeded number 3 won the Argentinean Julieta Lara Estable, first presorted by 2 sets to 0, with partial 6-2 6-4.

In 2016, after taking a 0/6 in the first set - that US Usue Maitane Arconada, get de Bi championship. Arconada defeated compatriot Amanda Anisimova by 2 sets to 1, with 0/6, 6/4 and 6/2 in an hour and a half of a game.

 For all these reasons, and public recognition of athletes, coaches, officials, parents of players and entrepreneurs, the Cup remains a single case of success when it comes to international youth tennis.

PRESS | The International Tennis Championship of youth, held in courts of two great clubs - Associação Leopoldina Juvenil and Sogipa - has an extensive press coverage, both in electronic media (TV, radio, Internet) and in print media (newspapers, newsletters and magazines).

 

HISTORY | The first edition of the Gerdau Cup, happened in 1984, only in the category 18 years and restricted to local players. Until 1986, the event was played in a single category, counting points for the state ranking. Since 1987 the event grew to count points on the ranking and also leaving room for disputes in 12, 14 and 16 years. In 1991, Gerdau Cup scoring points for the ranking of the Confederation of South American in 14, 16 and 18 years. In 1993 the category became effective 18 years for ranking points as the ITF Group 5 event, where he remained until 1994. In 1995 it passed into the ITF Group 4, where he remained until 1997. In 1998, went to Group 3, where he stayed until 2000. In 2001, Gerdau Tennis Cup, he joined the Group 2 of the ITF in 2004 and came to a Group, where he remained until 2006.

 

Gerdau Cup in 2007 was elevated to Group A, the most important worldwide, next to the Orange Bowl (USA), Italian Open, Osaka Cup, Casablanca Cup, Wimbledon, Roland Garros, U.S. Open and Australian Open. The ITF (International Tennis Federation) and COSAT Confederation (South American) awarded this qualification to the Cup, making it an event for Group A, and making the tournament so deserved it joins the select group of nine international competitions have this degree.

 

In 2010, Gerdau Cup was renamed the International Youth Tennis Championship in Porto Alegre (Campeonato Internacional Juvenil de Tênis de Porto Alegre), as it is known today, with the support of the Federal Law for Encouragement of Sport, which was repeated in the years 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and will be repeated again in 2017.

 

In 2013, Itaú group began with Gerdau group, the main sponsor of the event. Repeating this partnership again on 2014, 2015, 2016 and on this year, 2017.

 


 

 

 

 

PATROCÍNIO
APOIO REALIZAÇÃO

SEDES

Federação Gaúcha de Tênis Federação Gaúcha de Tênis
ORGÃOS
OFICIAIS

ITF Tennis
Confederación Sudamericana de Tenis
Confederación Sudamericana de Tenis
Federação Gaúcha de Tênis


ORGANIZAÇÃO

Protênis Promoções Esportivas