Playing only his second junior Grand Slam, the 17-year-old won 7-5, 6-3 in the final which lasted one hour 22 minutes.
Banerjee’s parents moved to America in the 1980s.
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At the junior French Open, Banerjee, ranked 19th in the world, crashed in the first round.
India has struggled to field a worthy contender in the junior Grand Slam tournaments for some time now.
Due to the lack of a robust national circuit and the lack of home competitions to earn points in the world rankings, India is struggling to create the next generation of young people.
Yuki Bhambri was the last Indian to win a junior singles title when he triumphed at the Australian Open in 2009, while Sumit Nagal won the Wimbledon boys’ doubles in 2015 with Vietnamese Ly Hoang Nam.
Ramanathan Krishnan was the first Indian to win a Major Junior when he won the Wimbledon Junior Championship in 1954.
His son Ramesh Krishnan won the junior titles at Wimbledon and Roland Garros in 1970 while Leander Paes won the junior Wimbledon and the US Open junior in 1990. Paes was also a finalist at the junior Australian Open.