14 & Under European Summer Cups in the organization of the Tennis Europe has gathered some of the finest European U14 players in the last 10 days, with 68 nations trying to reach the final rounds in Murcia and San Remo this weekend.
In the end, France has won the boys title, beating the defending champions Spain 2-0 to lift the first title since 2010 (they had lost in the final against Italy in 2016). Luca Van Assche toppled Alex Padro Parra 6-3 7-5 and it was Sean Cuenin who delivered the deciding second point for his country, ousting Daniel Merida Aguilar 6-7 6-2 6-1.
Merida Aguilar fought well in the opening set but he lost the ground in the rest of the match, winning just three games and failing to keep Spain in contention until the doubles encounter. The Czech Republic was beaten in the finals in 2015 and 2015 against Russia and Ukraine but they have managed to go all the way this time, winning the eight title overall and the first since 2013.
The Czech girls have opened the campaign with a commanding with over Belgium and Turkey but they had to work harder against the Russia who toppled the defending champions Ukraine in the semis. In the battle for the crown, the Czech Republic prevailed 2-1 after a crucial win in the doubles match to complete a perfect week and travel home with the crown. Linda Noskova earned the first point for the top seeds overcoming a slow start to defeat Nadezda Khalturina 0-6 6-4 6-0, finding her rhythm in set number two to wrap up the win with a dominant performance in the decider.
Diana Schnaider scored a win for Russian in the semis against Ukraine and she did the same in the final as well, ousting Linda Fruhvirtova 6-4 6-1 to level the score and set up a deciding doubles match to determine the champion.
Linda Noskova/Linda Fruhvirtova had enough strength to play doubles after their singles duties and they beat Nadezda Khalturina/Diana Schnaider 6-2 6-3 to clinch the title for the Czech Republic. Final results: