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Eight named to National Junior Team

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The USTA today announced that eight top junior boys qualified for the 2016 Team USA National Junior Team, a training program designed to give a collection of America’s best young players, born in either 2000 or 2001, opportunities to train together during the summer and travel to play against top junior competition from around the world. The girls’ team will be selected in May.

Players qualified for the team through a playoff, held this past weekend at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla. Players were invited for the playoff based on tournament results, USTA national or ITF world ranking.

2016 Team USA National Junior Team - Boys

(Full results from the playoff are listed below)

USTA Player Development will provide the National Junior Team with training opportunities and coaching and travel assistance to select ITF junior tournaments throughout the summer, beginning with the Delray Beach ITF junior event on April 28.

Alshon, the No. 2-rated player in the USTA Boys’ 16s national standings, won the Boys’ 16s singles title at the USTA Winter National Championships in December and recently reached the Boys’ 16s singles quarterfinals at the prestigious Easter Bowl junior tournament. Fenty, the son of former Washington, D.C., mayor Adrian Fenty, is the No. 12-ranked sophomore in the country by Tennis Recruiting Network, while Heller is its No. 5-ranked freshman nationally. Lyeons, also a Boys’ 16s quarterfinalist at the 2016 Easter Bowl, is rated the No. 1 freshman in America by Tennis Recruiting Network.

Nanda has risen more than 600 spots in the ITF world junior rankings for all players ages 18 and under in 2016, to No. 212, after winning an ITF singles title in Guatemala and reaching two additional ITF singles finals. Neff, who has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, was a Boys’ 16s singles quarterfinalist at the Easter Bowl and finalist at the USTA International Spring Championships this year. Nefve, meanwhile, defeated Neff for the USTA International Spring Championships Boys’ 16s singles title. Sridhar reached the Boys’ 16s semifinals at the prestigious Eddie Herr junior tournament in December.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.

2016 TEAM USA National Junior Team - Boys

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