The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Athletes from 29 countries will play from tomorrow for the Copa del Café in Costa Rica, one of the biggest youth tournaments of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) circuit.

The youth tournament, which ends on January 11, will be held at the Costa Rica Country Club in San Jose, and brings together athletes from Colombia, Argentina, USA, Russia, Norway, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Sweden, Venezuela, Brazil, Canada, Bolivia, Japan, and France, among others.

For men, the top player is Japan’s Fora Sukuda, who will debut tomorrow against American Pietro Rimondini. The men’s player in second place is Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic, who will face the American, William Howells.

In Latin America the first round matchups are Mexico’s Alan Cincunegui against Brazilian Gabriel Decamps, and Dominican Tristan Bautil with Peruvian Guillermo Cabrera.

In women’s, the favorite is American Sofia Kenin, who face off against Canada’s Ashley Zhu.

The main Latin American hopefuls are Brazil’s Thaisa Pedretti, Peruvian María Fernanda Torres, and Mexico’s Daniela Morales.

The Copa del Café is one of the most important youth (under 18) tennis tournaments in the world  and is part of the ITF junior circuit.

The annual tournament, held in Costa Rica continuously since 1965, has seen the first steps of great players like Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro, Bjorn Borg and Victoria Azarenka. (EFE)

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

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