“A lot of the juniors that did well here did go on to become good pros, but a lot of them didn’t go on to become good pros,” Lilov said. “And some who didn’t do well or didn’t even play became top pros, so I don’t think this tournament is really going to determine my career path. It could help boost it, but it’s up to me to see what I do, and if I improve my game enough.”
Banerjee, a rising high school senior, has committed to playing collegiate tennis for Columbia University. He said his win on Sunday would encourage him to enter more pro tournaments.
“College is still in the picture right now, but I’ll try to play a couple pro tournaments and see how it’s going,” he said. “I think I can decide on what I want to do in my future after that. Even if I go to college, I’ll definitely try to give it a shot on the pro tour after college, for sure.”
Lilov, who was born in London, Ontario, to Bulgarian parents and now lives in Delray Beach, Fla., turned professional three years ago at age 14.
“It’s just a junior tournament,” he said. “We’ll see who develops their game the most.”