The FILA International Junior Championships are set to begin at the 2023 BNP Paribas Open on Monday as the tournament debuts its first-ever amateur event. The tournament will feature top promising North American players and run from March 13-19 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden alongside main draw play of the BNP Paribas Open.
Headlining the player fields for the junior event are No. 1 seeds Kyle Kang and Iva Jovic respectively for the Boys’ and Girls’ singles competition. The 18-year-old Kang enters the FILA International Junior Championships fresh off a run to the Round of 16 at the 2023 Australian Open Boys’ singles tournament, while the Southern California native Jovic is a 2021 Easter Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl champion.
Other notable players include No. 3 girls seed Clervie Ngounoue, who arrives in the desert after recently adding her second career ITF title (W25 Spring, TX) earlier this month. Jagger Leach, the son of six-time Grand Slam champion and two-time Indian Wells champion Lindsay Davenport, will also be in action on the same courts his mom once dominated two decades ago.
In collaboration with tournament partner FILA, this inaugural junior tournament will spotlight the next generation of tennis stars and give promising young talent the chance to play on the same esteemed courts as the professionals in Indian Wells. The introduction of this amateur event in Indian Wells comes as part of FILA’s ongoing commitment to empowering the future of tennis.
Fans attending the 2023 BNP Paribas Open can see these young stars in action and experience the junior championships with a daily tournament grounds pass. The event will feature a 48-person singles draw and 24-team doubles draw, with matches held on Stadiums 7-8 and Practice Courts 15-20 of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The championship matches for each draw will be held in Stadium 2 beginning at 10:00am on Sunday, March 19, with the Girls’ and Boys’ singles champions receiving wild cards into their respective qualifying draws for the 2024 BNP Paribas Open.