Japan’s Toru Horie made the biggest splash on the opening day of the 52nd Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, knocking No. 3 seed Camilo Ugo Carabelli out of the boys’ 14-and-under draw with a three-set win.
“I normally win when I go to a third set,” Horie said after Tuesday’s 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 victory at the University of Miami’s Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
Ugo, from Argentina, entered the week atop South America’s rankings in the boys’ 14s.
The Argentine’s departure was easily the most notable on a warm, breezy day that largely held to form in all four divisions. He was the only one of the top four seeds in any bracket to lose in the opening round.
Three of the four top seeds, in fact, advanced without losing a game. Italy’s Samuele Ramazzotti (boys’ 14s), Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic (girls’ 14s) and Russia’s Anastasiya Potapova (girls’ 12s) each won by 6-0, 6-0 scores. The exception was Adam Neff (Bradenton) in the boys’ 12s, who beat Mexico’s Arturo Perales 6-1, 6-2.
Complete results can be found online by going to jrorangebowl.com/tennis and then clicking on the USTA link.