Moutet seizes the day

Fifth seed Corentin Moutet has emerged this year’s boy’s champion at the Traralgon International after defeating Hungarian Zsombor Piros.

In a match where tempers occasionally flared, the 17 year-old Frenchman took a hard-fought first set 7-5 before overcoming his opponent 6-2 in the second.

Moutet qualified for the grand final after defeating Germany’s Marvin Moeller 6-3 7-5.

After competing at the Canberra Challenger two weeks ago against adult players, Moutet said he was happy to have his name on the Traralgon honour board, where it will appear alongside tennis pros like Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios.

“Yeah, (I’m) really happy because I just played two weeks before and it was a Challenger, so it’s good to be back in juniors and win a tournament,” he said.

“I think we played a good match, both players.

“It was really close because there were (a lot of) break points.

“It was good so I’m really happy with my level.”

After the Traralgon International, Moutet returned to Melbourne for the Australian Open Junior Championships, where he was seeded fifth.

Yesterday, he defeated Australian Ken Cavrak 6-0 6-1 to progress to the second round.

On Thursday he said winning in Traralgon would provide good preparation for the junior grand slam.

“I finished the preseason so I need to play more matches and I played five matches so it’s pretty good for Melbourne,” Moutet said.

“I showed to the other players that I won the tournament… they will be a bit scared to play (me).”

But he admitted the conditions in Traralgon took some getting used to.

“Here it’s strange because it depends on the day because it can be really hot or it can be really windy,” Moutet said.

“It’s different every day (but) I like the people here and everyone’s smiling and I like that.”

In the women’s singles Poland’s Iga Swiatek easily accounted for 14 year-old Ukrainian opponent Marta Kostyuk 6-3 6-3.

Swiatek was unavailable for an interview as she was preparing to compete for the women’s doubles with fellow countrywoman Maja Chwalinska against Australian duo Gabriella Da Silva Fick and Kaitlin Staines.

Swiatek made it her day when the Polish pair won 3-6 6-4 (10-7).

Italian pair Francesco Forti and Mattia Frinzi fought out a thriller in the men’s doubles, defeating Kiwi Ajeet Rai and Netherland’s Ryan Nijboer 7-6 (6) 7-6 (7).