Junior Slams: A Precursor to Future Success?


With junior tournaments typically kept separate from the main ATP and WTA Tours, the Slams offer a unique chance to run the rule over some of the hottest talents in the sport. The first sighting of junior Slam events came Down Under, when Australia’s Alan Yeldham won the boy’s singles title in 1922, but it took more than half a century for singles majors – for both boys and girls – to be on offer at all four Grand Slams. Many greats of the game won junior Slams, but is youthful victory on the biggest stage a precursor to future success? And is there a difference in whether junior champions are more likely to succeed on the main tours, depending on if they’re male or female?


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