USTA Selects Top Juniors to Compete in Two Prestigious International 14-and-Under Tournaments
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The USTA today announced the four boys and four girls who have been selected to compete at two of the most prestigious 14-and-under tournaments in the world. The two-week trip begins with Teen Tennis in Bolton, England, January 20-25, and finishes with Les Petits As Junior Championships in Tarbes, France, January 28-February 3.
The following juniors have been selected to represent the United States:
Reo Asami, Irvine, CA
Robert Livi, Miramar, FL
John Harrison Richmond, Pawleys Island, SC
Alexios Halebian, Glendale, CA
Breaunna Addison, Boca Raton, FL
Kyle McPhillips, Wiloughby, OH
Grace Min, Lawrenceville, GA
Chanelle Van Nguyen, Coconut Grove, FL
USTA National Coaches Kent Kinnear and Jai DiLouie will accompany the boys and girls respectively.
Americans have won the boys’ singles title at Les Petits As six times (second only to France with seven boys’ titles) including Michael Chang (1986) and more recently Donald Young (2003) and Chase Buchanan (2005). Other notable boys’ champions include Rafael Nadal (2000), Richard Gasquet (1999) and Juan Carlos Ferrero (1994). On the girls’ side, the U.S. has won five singles titles, tied for most all-time with Russia and Switzerland. Past champions include Kim Clijsters (1997), Anna Kournikova (1994) and Martina Hingis (1991, 1992). Lindsay Davenport was the runner-up in 1990.
The most recent American singles champions at the Teen Tennis competition include Raymond Sarmiento (2006) and Gail Brodsky (2005). Madison Brengle also won the event in 2004.
USTA Player Development is charged with providing American junior, collegiate and young professional players with the opportunities to reach their maximum potential.
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