By E.J. Crawford, USTA.com
Fed Cup camp invitee Tornado Alicia Black was the girls' singles runner-up at the 2013 US Open.
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Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties are not only a time for the top pros in the country to play on the biggest stages. Now the juniors get to show their stuff, as well.
In conjunction with U.S. Davis Cup’s first-round tie against Great Britain and the U.S. Fed Cup team’s opener against Italy, USTA Player Development held camps for top juniors, allowing the young players to train with each other and interact with the U.S. squads.
The USTA Player Development camp was held in conjunction with the tie, hosted in San Diego from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, and featured 11 top junior players from California, including three from San Diego. Those selected for the Davis Cup camp were Alafia Ayeni (San Diego), Robert Baylon (Buena Park, Calif.), Roscoe Bellamy (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), Jacob Brumm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Stefan Dostanic (Irvine, Calif.), William Grant (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Danilo Milic (Los Angeles), Brandon Nakashima (San Diego), Govind Nanda (Redlands, Calif.), Sangeet Sridhar (Simi Valley, Calif.) and Ivan Thamma (San Diego).
The Davis Cup camp was run by USTA National Coach Stephen Amritraj and held at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center.
2013 US Open girls’ singles runner-up Tornado Ali Black was among the six players selected for the Fed Cup camp, being held alongside the U.S.’s Fed Cup quarterfinal against reigning champion Italy, Feb. 8-9, at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium. In addition to the 15-year-old Black (Boca Raton, Fla.), the others selected to attend were Amanda Anisimova (Hallandale Beach, Fla.), Hurricane Tyra Black (Boca Raton, Fla.), Elizabeth Halbauer (Boca Raton, Fla.), Sofia Kenin (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and Alexis Nelson (St. Paul, Minn.).
The Fed Cup camp was led by USTA National Coaches Kathy Rinaldi and Jamea Jackson and hosted at The Cleveland Racquet Club.
For more on the U.S. Davis Cup and Fed Cup squads, please visit the Davis Cup and Fed Cup pages on USTA.com.
For more on USTA Player Development, please click here.
And to learn more on getting your child started in tennis, and to find facilities and programs in your area, visit YouthTennis.com.