USTA Names U.S. Junior Teams
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The USTA announced today the top American juniors who will represent the United States in the qualifying events for the Junior Davis Cup (16-and-under) and Junior Fed Cup (16-and-under) by BNP Paribas and the World Junior Tennis Competition (14-and-under). Each event features a four-team round robin competition April 30 - May 2 at the USTA Training Center Headquarters, located at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla. Other nations participating include: Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico.
The top two teams from each division in the World Junior Tennis qualifying event in Boca Raton will advance to the 16-nation World Final, held August 2-7 in Prostejov, Czech Republic. The Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup World Finals will be held September 28 - October 3 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. As the host country, Mexico’s teams automatically qualify for the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Finals, meaning only one other team from each division will advance from Boca Raton to the 16-nation World Final.
Junior Davis Cup Junior Fed Cup
Alexios Halebian, Glendale, Calif. Kyle McPhillips, Willoughby, Ohio
Mitchell Krueger, Aledo, Texas Grace Min, Duluth, Ga.
John Harrison Richmond, Pawleys Isl., S.C. Chanelle Van Nguyen, Coconut Grove, Fla.
Coach: Ricardo Acuna Coach: Sarah Taylor
World Junior Tennis - Boys World Junior Tennis - Girls
Jordan Belga, Elk Grove Village, Ill. Gabrielle Andrews, Pomona, Calif.
Daniel Kerznerman, Brooklyn, N.Y. Brooke Austin, Indianapolis
Noah Rubin, Merrick, N.Y. Christina Makarova, San Diego
Coach: Michael Sell Coach: Kathy Rinaldi
Four of the players - Halebian, Kerznerman, Min and Van Nguyen - train full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.
Last year, the U.S. girls’ World Junior Tennis team won its third consecutive (and fourth overall) world title. McPhillips, Min and Halebian all participated on the 2008 World Junior Tennis teams, when the U.S. became the first country in the history of the junior team competitions to sweep all four titles in the same year.
In addition to 2008, the U.S. boys’ World Junior Tennis team won back-to-back titles in 2002-03, and the Junior Davis Cup team won the title in 1999. The U.S. Fed Cup team won its first title in 2008.
Former U.S. junior international team members include Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, Jamea Jackson, Ashley Harkleroad, and Lisa Raymond.
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