Eighteen-year-old Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of Charlotte, N.C., and 16-year-old Christina Makarova of San Diego are among the top American juniors who will compete in four clay-court International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tournaments in South America over the next month.
The players will compete in at least one of the four events -- Copa Milo in Santiago, Chile, Feb. 25-March 2; Asuncion Bowl in Asuncion, Paraguay, March 4-9; Banana Bowl in Carvalho, Brazil, March 11-17; and Copa Gerdau in Porto Alegre, Brazil, March 18-24.
In addition to Kwiatkowski, ranked No. 17 in the ITF World Junior Rankings, American boys playing in South America include No. 20 Spencer Papa (17, Edmond, Okla.), No. 30 Mackenzie McDonald (17, Berkeley, Calif.), No. 36 Luca Corinteli (17, Alexandria, Va.), No. 56 Martin Redlicki (17, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), No. 66 Stefan Kozlov (15, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), No. 84 Daniel Kerznerman (17, Brooklyn, N.Y.) and No. 94 Michael Mmoh (15, Temple Hills, Md.).
Kozlov and Papa, who both train at the USTA National Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., will travel with USTA National Coach Nicolas Todero.
Along with Makarova, ranked 16th in the world, the girls’ competitors include Louisa Chirico (16, Harrison, N.Y.), a U.S. Junior Fed Cup champion who reached the final of a USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 women’s tournament in Surprise, Ariz., last week, as well as No. 79 Katrine Isabel Steffensen (16, Scarsdale, N.Y.), No. 84 Dasha Ivanova (16, Beaverton, Ore.), No. 85 Madison Bourguignon (15, Boynton Beach, Fla.), No. 86 Alicia Black (14, Boca Raton, Fla.) and No. 93 Rasheeda McAdoo (17, Boca Raton, Fla.).
Chirico trains at the USTA Training Center-East at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., while Black trains at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton.
The complete entry lists for each tournament can be found here