USTA SELECTS TOP JUNIORS TO COMPETE IN TWO PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL 14-AND-UNDER TOURNAMENTS
Two-Week Trip to Europe includes Teen Tennis in Bolton, England, and Les Petits As in Tarbes, France
The USTA has 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, Jan. 20-25, and finishes with Les Petits As Junior Championships in Tarbes, France, Jan. 28-Feb. 3.
The following juniors have been selected to represent the United States:
|U.S. Boys||U.S. Girls|
|Reo Asami, Irvine, CA||Breaunna Addison, Boca Raton, FL|
|Robert Livi, Miramar, FL||Kyle McPhillips, Wiloughby, OH|
|John Harrison Richmond, |
Pawleys Island, SC
|Grace Min, Lawrenceville, GA|
|Alexios Halebian, Glendale, CA||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.
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. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with 700,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game.