Les Petits As – USA Playoffs Lacoste presented by AQR 2023 ends on November 3 at Canas Tennis in the Tropical Park Tennis Center, Florida. After a hard-fought week, the top 8 players of the competition (4 boys & 4girls) got qualified for the 2024 edition of Les Petits As – Le Mondial Lacoste.

In the girls’ category, Welles NEWMAN is the first to qualify for Tarbes. Calm as the night, #1 seed didn’t concede a single set to her opponents during the final stages, and  won the tournament. Alongside Welles, Maggie SOHNS, overcame Sarah YE seeded #2 during a stunning quarter-final in which the young New Yorker conceded the first set, but manages to turn the match to her advantage and win (4/6 6/3 6/4). 

In the same bracket, Caroline SHAO leaves us in astonishment. Hailing from Florida, she has been selected following the withdrawal of another competitor, and came out on top in a scrappy match against Yui WATANABE (6/2 2/6 6/1) allowing her to get her ticket to France.

Last qualifier for Les Petits As – Le Mondial Lacoste 2024: Janae PRESTON. She faced her best friend Hannah AYRAULT, with whom she could see herself going to France. An endless and heart-breaking embrace between the two players at the end of the match shows just how important the match was and what does this tournament represents to these young talents.

On the boys’ side, John McEnroe Tennis Academy’s member Izyan AHMAD aka “Zizou”, is accustomed to Les Petits As as he qualified to Tarbes last year. Forced to retire from his first group match against Tabb TUCK, whom he would later meet again in the final he won (6/3 6/1). Two friends, respectively #1 and #2 seeded, qualified for the World Championship. 

Arjun KRISHNAN was in fine form during quarters, easily defeating #1 seeded Sulaiman SYED (6/2 6/0), who had distinguished himself in the group stage by losing only 6 games during his 3 first matches. Arjun KRISHNAN will therefore go Tarbes with whom he fought against for 3rd place but didn’t succeed : Jason EIGBEDION. 

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Congratulations to all and see you in January!


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