Success for Torrevieja at Rolan Garros on Saturday as the 17-year-old Torrevieja player Nicolás Kuhn, won the junior doubles final along with his partner, Hungarian Zsombor Piros. The pair beat Americansr Vasil Kirkov and Danny Thomas, 6-4 and 6-4 , in 1 hour and 5 minutes.
Kuhn won the doubles final just hours after losing the individual final against Australian Alexei Popyrin, 7-6 (5) and 6-3, in a game that lasted for 1 hour and 21 minutes.
After losing the individual title, the torrevejense finally tasted success in a game that lasted little more than an hour. The Spanish-Hungarian duo, number one seeds for the tournament, achieved their first title as ATP pair.
The Torrevieja Town Hall were quickly on the case as Kuhn arrived back in his home town with a hastily arranged reception for the tennis star with mayor José Manuel Dolón.
In front of family and friends the mayor praised Kuhn for “having taken the name of Torrevieja to the top” For his “work”, his “effort” but “above all for his humility, for being a great sportsman and a great person.”
He also thanked also thanked all the people who have helped him throughout his career and wished the player “much success in his future career.”
In answering questions from journalists Kuhn said that his main ambition is to be the number one in the world he spoke of upcoming tournaments but he added that he would remember these last few days in a “very special way” including the reception that he had in the airport “I will remember it all my life”.
Kuhn has become the ninth Spaniard to win the Junior Doubles title at Roland Garros after Marc López and Tommy Robredo (2000), Pablo Andújar and Marcel Granollers (2004), Andrés Artunedo and Roberto Carballes (2011) and Álvaro López San Martin and Jaume Munar in 2015.
At 17, this will be a defining season in his career after his biggest success to date, although it must be remembered that just a few weeks ago he won his first professional title in Zamardi (Hungary).
Kuhn, is the son of a German father and a Russian mother who first moved to Torrevieja when he was just three months old.