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ASTANA, Kazakhstan, Jan. 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Amir Omarkhanov, a 16-year-old Kazakh tennis player, made history during his debut at the Australian Open Junior Championships. Omarkhanov, number 27 in the ITF junior rankings, became the first Kazakh junior player to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament.
In the first round, Amir sensationally defeated the highest ranked player in the tournament. However, due to a muscle strain, he was unable to play at his best in the quarterfinals and lost to a strong opponent.
After the match, Omarkhanov expressed his gratitude to the fans, Kazakhstan Tennis Federation President Bulat Utemuratov and his team for their unwavering support.
In another junior tournament held in Australia, the Asia-Pacific Elite 14U Trophy, Kazakh Eva Korysheva reached the women's final. Eva won all of her group matches and earned a straight sets victory against an Australian player, whom she faced again in the final. It was a very intense and emotional match where luck finally favored her opponent.
Another talented Kazakh player, Asylzhan Arystanbekova, reached the quarterfinals of the junior doubles tournament.
These victories mark significant milestones for young Kazakh players on their path to achieving even greater success on the international stage.
His success on the world tennis scene is no coincidence. Since 2007, the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation, led by Bulat Utemuratov, has built 41 modern tennis centers, multiplying the number of courts in the country by six, reaching 364. Last year, the number of children playing tennis reached number of 30,000, and 3,500 of the most talented young players had the opportunity to train for free, in addition to accessing tennis material and support in tournaments.
The Federation also runs a specific program that offers financial assistance to more than 100 young players between the ages of 11 and 14 from all over Kazakhstan. Another integral component of the youth development system is the Kazakhstan Team Academy, created in 2008 for promising youngsters aged 14 and up. More than 300 of the country's most talented young players have already received training at the Academy.
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