The Oracle Pro Series shifts to the east coast to visit Orlando at the home of American tennis – the USTA National Campus. The player fields are packed with both experienced veterans and new faces looking to break through. Here are four to keep your eye on this week in Orlando:
Bianca Turati (ITA) – Fresh off a win last week at the Oracle Pro Series – Malibu, the Italian is riding a wave of confidence. She has been No.1 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings as a Longhorn at the University of Texas and was the 2018 Big 12 Player of the Year. Her twin sister, Anna, is also on the Texas Women’s Tennis Team, and reached the final of last week’s Oracle ITA Fall National Championships as Bianca claimed the Oracle Pro Series title.
Martin Damm (USA) – A 16-year-old American who trains at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, Martin Damm is the son of the former Top 5 ATP doubles player of the same name. Damm reached the semifinals of both Junior Roland Garros and Junior Wimbledon this year and achieved a junior ranking of No.4 in the world. He joined Toby Kodat to win the USTA 18’s National Boys’ Doubles title, earning a wildcard into the main draw of the US Open Doubles tournament. There, they became the youngest-ever team to win a match at the US Open when they defeated Tim Smyczek and Mitchell Krueger in the first round.
Emilio Nava (USA) – Another top junior player, 17-year-old Nava reached the singles finals of the Junior Australian Open and Junior US Open this year, losing in 3-set heartbreakers each time. The Southern California native also reached two Junior Grand Slam doubles finals at the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open and reached the Top 5 in the junior rankings. Nava has dabbled in the pro circuit, but he is one to watch as he continues to transition to the top ranks of the game.
Arantxa Rus (NED) – The Dutchwoman is a Top 100 player who reached her career-high ranking of 61 in 2012 after reaching the Round of 16 at Roland Garros. En route to that career-best Grand Slam appearance, she notched the biggest win of her career by defeating World No.2 and eventual Hall-of-Famer Kim Clijsters after saving two match points. She has won 23 ITF titles, nine of which have come in 2019, and is primed to take her 10th of the year.