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Juan Carlos Ferrero Open: Boys' Semifinalist Player Bios

Juan Carlos Ferrero Open: Boys' Semifinalist Player Bios
Photo: Equelite - Juan Carlos Ferrero Sport Academy
All of the semifinalists on the boys side at the Trofeo Juan Carlos Ferrero tournament are well within the top 100 in the ITF junior rankings. Expect great matches and top-level tennis heading into this weekend's matchups in Alicante, Spain.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 

(ESP) [1] - Current world No. 10
Fokina is back! He lost in the finals of the Trofeo Juan Carlos Ferrero tournament last year, so he's looking to close out with a victory this time around. Fokina has graced the world top 10 with an ITF junior ranking of No. 7. He has been in the main draw of the Junior US Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon and has made it as far as the round of 16 in the slams. He has also made made all the way to the semis of the Italian Open, (another Grade A tournament -- on the same level as the slams). Fokina won his last Grade 1 tournament and has been extremely active on the futures challenger pro tour, where he consistently makes it to the quarterfinals of the tournaments.

Zizou Bergs 

(BEL) [3] - Current world No. 28
Bergs is coming off two back-to-back Grade 2 tournament wins. He took both the singles and doubles titles in the events. He has made it to the main draw of Junior Australian Open and the semifinals of the Junior US Open for doubles. Bergs lost in the round of 16 last year but has improved wildly since then. He is also on a 13-match winning streak on the junior circuit right now, and it doesn't look like he'll be breaking that anytime soon.

Simon Carr 

(IRL) [11] - Current world No. 58
Carr lost to Zizou in the finals of the Grade 2 event last week, so he has his work cut out for him in the semis here. Carr has made it into the main draw of Junior Australian Open and multiple pro level future tournaments. Carr dropped out of school at age 15 to fully commit to tennis, and although juniors is not his focus, he plays a mix of futures and junior events.

Barnaby Smith 

(GBR) [13] - Current world No. 81
Smith has made it to the finals of a Grade 2 event but has not won a tournament this year. He has also played in the Junior Australian Open. Smith has taken a different route than the three other players left in this tournament. Instead of trying to make it on the pro tour, Smith has focused more on playing juniors in hopes of playing college tennis in the US.

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