Alex Eala targets second Grand Slam at Roland Garros

Published October 3, 2020, 2:08 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Photo from Alex Eala Facebook page

The country’s top junior player Alex Eala seeks a second Grand Slam trophy this week when she competes as a second seed in the girls singles of the 2020 French Open.

The 15-year-old Eala hopes to follow up her Australian Open doubles title last January with a singles crown this time.

This will be Eala’s second French Open appearance after a second-round finish in the qualifying draw in 2018.

But Eala has improved since then. She is currently No. 4 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior rankings – thanks to her training as a scholar at the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy in Mallorca, Spain.

This will be Eala’s first major tournament since the Australian Open due to the pandemic.

Eala will also pair up with United States’ Elina Kalieva – her partner in last year’s US Open – in the doubles event.

Draw is not available as of press time.

The French Open is the concluding Grand Slam Juniors event this year after the juniors’ exclusion from the recent US Open and the cancellation of the Wimbledon last June.