Madeira's Caty McNally wins French Open juniors doubles, runner-up in singles

Posted at 11:41 AM, Jun 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-10 13:50:21-04

CINCINNATI -- Madeira's Caty McNally will bring home her first Grand Slam title, after she and her partner won the French Open junior doubles final Saturday in Paris.

The 16-year-old also was runner-up in junior singles.

McNally and partner Iga Swiatek of Poland defeated Yuki Naito and Naho Sato of Japan, 6-2, 7-5.

Fellow American Cori Gauff defeated McNally to claim the junior singles title.

McNally told the Tennis Channel she went to the U.S. Tennis Association's National Campus in Orlando for about 12 days so she could train on clay tennis courts before traveling to Europe. The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament held on clay, at Paris' Stade Roland-Garros. 

"I really like playing on red clay," McNally said. "I never grew up playing on red clay like a lot of these people."

Ahead of Saturday's singles final, she also said she looked forward to competing against Gauff.

"To play another American is awesome because you know that no matter what, there's going to be an American winning and that's really good for U.S. tennis."