Talented Serbian Milojevic wins “Mediterranee Avenir” in Casablanca
Talented Serbian player Nikola Milojvic won the 26th edition of the “Mediterranee Avenir” held last week in the Olympic Club of Casablanca tennis club (COC) amid the absence of members of the Moroccan tennis federation.
World number three in the International Tennis Federation ranking and number one seeded in the tournament beat Chili’s Jaime Ignacio Galleguillos ranked 105 in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
Milojevic showed the mere crowd he has got all what it takes to become a future champion among the senior players and is surely following in world number one Novak Djokovic’s footsteps as he won the “Grade 1” tournament, without dropping a set.
“There was high quality tennis in the boys’ final which dazzled the crowd,” said the tournament’s director Faycal Lalami.
Members of the Moroccan tennis federation (FRMT) failed to attend the finals of the only such tournament in Africa and the Arab world, raising many questions marks among both the crowd and organisers.
“Unfortunately, we did not have any FRMT representative. It would be preferable if one of them attended the event as moral support to COC’s efforts to keep this tournament up and running,” said Lalami despite the financial constraints “we faced this year” due to the gloomy economic climate in Morocco.
“We want to keep Grade 1 for next year and hopefully we will get more help from our sponsors and FRMT,” added Lalami.
52 Moroccan players took part in both draws.
In the boys’ draw, only five players managed to make it to the second round. Soufiane Mouline lost to Galleguillos in a marathon game 3-6, 6-0, 3-6. He could have won the game had he had more experience in the ITF circuit.
Lalalmi said that some Moroccan players "have the skills to compete with the top ITF players" but needed both financial and technical support.
He called for setting up a federal training camp with all the infrastructure that would allow them to improve their tennis and join the elite in the junior circuit.
In the girls’ draw, Rita Atik was the only Moroccan player to reach the last 16. Rita Lost to American player Johnnise Renaud ranked 82 in ITF in three sets 2-6, 6-4, 2-6.
Renaud, the surprise guest of this tournament who celebrated her 17th birthday in COC, lost to number two seeded Marie Bouzkova (81 in ITF) of the Czech Republic 1-6, 4-6.