Australian Open: Alexander Blockx to play junior singles final
On Friday, Alexander Blockx (ITF 10/N.3) qualified for the junior singles final of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. The 17-year-old from Antwerp defeated Chinese Yi Zhou (ITF 25/N.11) in the semi-final in two sets: 6-4, 6-1. The match lasted one hour and 15 minutes.
Blockx, who reached the quarter-finals of the US Open juniors in 2022, provides Belgium with a third junior singles final in the last four Grand Slams after Gilles Arnaud Bailly lost at the French Open and the US Open in 2022.
Kimmer Coppejans was the last Belgian to win a title in four Grand Slam tournaments, not counting wheelchair tennis. He won junior singles at the French Open in 2012.
After the singles semi-final, Alexander Blockx will play the doubles final at Melbourne Park with Brazilian Joao Fonseca (ITF 23), with whom he is ranked No 1 in Australia. The pair will face Americans Learner Tien (ITF 27) and Cooper Williams (ITF 15).
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