Jimenez Kasintseva, Shang headline junior draws

 - Chris Oddo

Future stars of tennis are set to take the court in Paris, beginning with boys' and girls singles' action on Sunday

Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva, Roland Garros 2020, juniors© Loïc Wacziak/FFT

The future of tennis will be on display at Roland-Garros, beginning on Sunday June 6.

The draws for the boys' and girls' singles have been made, and feature a talented cast of budding stars aiming to win the most prestigious clay-court title on the junior circuit. 

Each 64-player draw was revealed on Saturday in Paris. 

Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva of Andorra is the top seed in the girls’ draw. The 2020 Australian Open girls’ singles champion is the only player in either junior event that has previously won a Grand Slam title. 



France’s Maelie Monfils, a wildcard recipient, is the younger sister of Gael Monfils. She'll be looking to emulate her big brother, who won the boys’ singles title in Paris in 2004. 

Rafa Nadal Academy players, Alexandra Eala, is the second seed in the girls’ draw. At the 2020 Roland-Garros Junior Championships, she became the first player from the Philippines to reach the semi-finals of a junior Grand Slam in 35 years. She also won the Australian Open junior doubles title last year, partnering Priska Nugroho.

The junior tournament at Roland-Garros is the ultimate pathway to success. A total of 12 players - six boys and six girls - have gone on to win a Roland-Garros title after capturing the trophy as a junior. 

Arthur Fils, Roland Garros 2021, men's qualifying© Philippe Montigny/FFT

On the boys’ side China’s Shang Juncheng will take his place as the top seed, in a draw that also features Leo Borg, the son of six-time Roland-Garros champion Bjorn Borg. The unseeded 18-year-old Swede is making his first appearance at a Grand Slam juniors main draw.

Bruno Kuzuhara of the United States is seeded second in a draw that features plenty of home hope for the French side. Four boys - No.5 seed Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard, No.9 seed Sean Cuenin, No.13 seed Luca Van Assche and No.14 seed Arthur Fils - are among the 16 seeds.