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June 2013 Honor Roll

July 12, 2013 07:29 AM
Louisa Chirico will square off against No. 2 Nicole Gibbs in the Carson semifinals.
The USTA Player Development Player and Coach Honor Roll recognizes the top performing young Americans and their coaches each month.
 
Here’s a look at some of the most outstanding performances turned in by American tennis players ages 20 and younger in June:
 
Helen Abigail Altick (May 20, 1998), Monroe, La. – Altick reached the singles final of the Copa Cariari ITF Junior event in San Jose, Costa Rica, and captured the doubles title at the Copa Indes Internacioal ITF Junior event in El Salvador. She is coached by Tom Downs.
 
Brooke Austin (Feb. 12, 1996), Indianapolis – Austin reached the semifinals of the USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 event in Bethany Beach, Del. She is coached by Bryan Smith.
 
Jack Barber (Feb. 12, 1997), La Jolla, Calif. – Barber won the singles title at the Air Pacific Open Junior Championships in Fiji.
 
CiCi Bellis (April 8, 1999), Atherton, Calif. – Bellis continued her strong 2013 by winning the annual International Grass Court Championship in Haverford, Pa.
 
Ulises Blanch (March 25, 1998), Pompano Beach, Fla. – Blanch reached the singles final at the Chang LTAT ITF Junior event in Thailand and also made the semifinals at the Junior 10 Jingshan event in China.
 
Alexa Bortles (July 3, 1998), Alpharetta, Ga. – Bortles took the singles title at the Copa Cariari ITF Junior event in San Jose, Costa Rica. She trains at Lifetime Fitness ATL, a USTA Certified Regional Training Center.
 
Louisa Chirico (May 16, 1996), Harrison, N.Y. – Chirico catapulted into the Top 20 of the world junior rankings in June, reaching the semifinals of the French Open Junior Championships, the best performance by any American junior at Roland Garros. Additionally, she advanced to the final of the renowned Astrid Bowl in Charleroi, Belgium. She works with USTA National Coach Jay Gooding.
 
Bjorn Fratangelo (July 19, 1993), Pittsburgh – Fratangelo, the former French Open boys’ champion, won his third professional title in June at the $10,000 Futures in Amstelveen, Netherlands. He works with USTA National Coach Stanford Boster.
 
Elysse Graci (Sept. 10, 1996), Ocean Ridge, Fla. – Graci reached the singles final at the Bank of Bermuda Foundation ITF Junior event in Bermuda. She trains at L’Academie de Tennis.
 
Olivia Hauger (Sept. 26, 1997), Tulsa, Okla. – Hauger won the Estonian Junior Open singles title and also reached the doubles final. She trains at the Tucker Tennis Academy, a USTA Certified Regional Training Center.
 
Madison Keys (Feb. 17, 1995), Rock Island, Ill. – After a second-round showing at the French Open, Keys reached the quarterfinals of the WTA event in Birmingham, England, knocking off No. 6 seed Mona Barthel in the process. Keys then made a run to the third round at Wimbledon – her second appearance in the third round of a Grand Slam this year (Australian Open). She works with USTA National Coach Juan Todero.
 
Mitchell Krueger (Jan. 12, 1994), Fort Worth, Texas – Krueger won his first professional title at the $10,000 Futures in Alkmaar, Netherlands. He works with USTA National Coach Stanford Boster.
 
Angela Kulikov (March 31, 1998), Sun Valley, Calif. – Kulikov captured the singles title at the Deloitte Junior Cup in Denmark and also took the doubles championship at the ITF Junior Event in Odense, Denmark, with fellow American Michaela Gordon. She works with USTA National Coach Leo Azevedo.
 
Kaitlyn McCarthy (Dec. 4, 1997), Cary, N.C. – McCarthy advanced to the singles final at the International Grass Court Championship in Haverford, Pa. She is coached by Jake Lester.
 
Brianna Morgan (Feb. 19, 1994), Los Angeles – The University of Florida-bound Morgan won her first professional title at the USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 event in Bethany Beach, Del. She is coached by her father Alfred.
 
Dennis Novikov (Nov. 6, 1993), San Jose, Calif. – The reigning USTA Boys’ 18s National Champion and UCLA sophomore won his first pro title at the USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Men’s Futures in Amelia Island, Fla. He is coached by his father Vladimir.
 
Bernarda Pera (Dec. 3, 1994) – Pera went on a tear in June, winning consecutive $10,000 ITF Pro Circuit events in the Netherlands and making the semifinals in another. She is coached by Miro Nincevic.
 
Peggy Porter (Nov. 10, 1995), Dallas – Porter reached the semifinals of the $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Bethany Beach, Del. She trains at TBarM Racquet Club, a USTA Certified Regional Training Center.
 
Alex Rybakov (Jan. 27, 1997), Coral Springs, Fla. -- Rybakov took home the singles title at the annual International Grass Court Championship in Haverford, Pa. Alex is coached by her father Nick.
 
Sloane Stephens (March 20, 1993), Coral Springs, Fla. – Stephens reached the fourth round of the French Open – one of four American women to do so – matching her best finish at Roland Garros thus far. She is coached by USTA National Coach David Nainkin.
 
Taylor Townsend (April 16, 1996), Chicago – Townsend, who turned pro to begin 2013, returned to junior competition by reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open Junior Championships, then advancing to the semifinals of the AEGON Junior International Roehampton event in England. Taylor works with USTA National Coaches Juan Todero and Jay Gooding.
 
Dennis Uspensky (Oct. 22, 1996), Atlantic Beach, N.Y. – Uspensky advanced to the singles final of the Epitok-Abris Cup ITF Junior event in Budapest, Hungary.
 
James Wasserman (March 17, 1997), New York – Wasserman won the singles title at the Bank of Bermuda Foundation ITF Junior event in Bermuda.
 
David Wilczynski (Sept. 13, 1995), Richboro, Pa. – Wilczynski reached the singles final at the annual International Grass Court Championship in Haverford, Pa. He trains at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education, a USTA Certified Regional Training Center.
 
Julian Zlobinsky (Jan. 8, 1996), Greenvale, N.Y. – Zlobinsky swept the singles and doubles titles at the ITF Juniors G3 Almaty event in Kazakhstan. He is coached by Artem Derepasco.
 

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