Rogers Junior National Championships: One to Watch, Martin Beran

In this picture: Martin Beran

Martin Beran, from Ontario, has passed into the quater finals yesterday on the Nun’s Island Tennis club courts.

Martin Beran from Ontario is one player to watch. Beran frequents the ITF circuit and accumulated a few points while playing in Dubai in January where he made the quarters of an ITF. Next comes the defence of these points but Beran has shown he has the goods. He also made the finals of the under 18 provincial tournament and won the under 16 provincial tournament this year. He is always keep his eyes on the prize! Martin is an inspiration to all players who dream of someday becoming great players. Martin’s objectives are high and would like to reach an ITF ranking of 200 and 1000 on the ATP circuit by the end of 2011. For now, he is very proud to be right after Hugo DiFeo in the national ranking. He is now number 2 in Canada and he will work very hard to reach the # 1 position and will make some big sacrifices to achieve his goal. Good luck Martin!

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