With the tennis season winding down on both the WTA and ATP tours, players on the ITF tour — the level right under the two high-class tours — continue to travel around the world in an attempt to accumulate enough points to get into the qualifying or main draws of tournaments at the highest professional level.
Among those players are 19-year-old Jana Fett. The 2014 Australian Open Girls' Singles runner-up has been attempting to make a major breakthrough on the ITF tour as of late, won the $75,000 tournament in Toyota, Japan, defeating Luksika Kumkhum in the final. En route to the title, Fett defeated second seed Patricia Maria Tig, fifth seed Misa Eguchi and seventh seed Naomi Osaka before getting the better of Kumkhum, all of which are well-established players on the ITF tour.
Apart from the $75,000 event won by Fett in Tokyo, all of the other tournaments on the women's calendar were $10,000 events played in South America, Europe and the Middle East.
In Santiago, Chile, home favourite and third seed Daniela Seguel got the better of Catalina Pella to capture the title after Pella was forced to retire shortly after splitting sets. Meanwhile, in the Colombian city of Pereira, Brazil's Laura Pigossi was able to overcome top seed Victoria Bosio in three sets in the final, capturing her third career ITF singles title.
Travelling to the Middle East, top seed Naomi Totka steamrolled to the title in Cairo, Egypt with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Helen Ploskina while Barbora Stefkova was crowned the champion in Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan, Israel, defeating Olga Doroshina 6-1, 6-4 in the showpiece.
Other winners of $10,000 events this week included India's Prerna Bhambri, France's Lea Tholey and Oleksandra Korashvili, amongst others.
On the men's side, the winners of the three $15,000 events were Czech Republic's Jan Mertl who won the F7 Futures event in his homeland, South Korea's Duck He Lee who won the F8 Futures event in Thailand, and Switzerland's Henri Laakonsen who won his second title in two weeks at the F34 Futures event in Waco, Texas, USA.
Apart from the three $15,000 events on the men's calendar, there was fourteen $10,000 events won by Serbia's Miki Jankovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina's Aldin Setkic and Ireland's Sam Berry.
Next week, there will be fifteen tournaments on the men's calendar ranging from the United States to Cambodia to Honduras. However, for the women, there will only be five tournaments next week after the cancellation of the $10,000 event in Djibouti. The five tournaments will all be played in the same city and venue as most of this week's events, with the five events being played in Cairo, Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan, Antalya and El Kanatoui.