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Rubin, Black headline 2014 US Open junior field

July 23, 2014 03:38 PM
Last year's US Open girls' finalist, Tornado Alicia Black, will be hoping to go one step further at this year's event.

By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com

Reigning Wimbledon junior champion Noah Rubin and 2013 US Open girls' singles finalist Tornado Alicia Black are among the top American junior players set to compete in the 2014 US Open Junior Championships, which includes 23 of the world's Top 25 boys and 21 of the world's Top 25 girls.

The 2014 US Open Junior Championships will be played Aug. 31 through Sept. 7 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

Rubin became just the second American boy since 1994 to capture a junior singles title at Wimbledon. He has played primarily in pro events in 2014, reaching two ITF Pro Circuit finals and achieving a current world ranking of No. 537. Rubin competed in the men's singles qualifying draw at last year's US Open.

He will be joined in the tournament by several top American junior players including world No 2. Stefan Kozlov, who reached the junior singles final at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year; No. 6 Francis Tiafoe, who won the prestigious Orange Bowl last year and held the No. 2 junior ranking earlier in 2014; and No. 11 Michael Mmoh.

Other notable names in the boys' singles draw include world No. 1 and reigning French Open junior champion Andrey Rublev, of Russia, and 2013 Wimbledon boys' champion Gianluigi Quizzi, of Italy.

Black reached the US Open girls' final last year as an unseeded wild card. She has since won two $10,000 events on the USTA Pro Circuit and made her main draw WTA debut last March in Acapulco, Mexico. Black is currently ranked No. 4 in the ITF junior rankings.

She will be joined in the draw by world No. 2 CiCi Bellis, the Easter Bowl and International Spring Championships winner who went on a 30-1streak in junior competition at the beginning of 2014. Other notable names in the girls' singles draw include reigning Wimbledon junior champion Jelena Ostapenko, of Latvia.

Five other Americans boys will compete in the junior events this year: Taylor Fritz, Alex Rybakov, Logan Smith, Henrik Wiersholm and Jared Donaldson.

Four other Americans girls have also received direct acceptance: Sofia Kenin, Usue Arconada, Dasha Ivanova and Michaela Gordon.

Those competing this year will look to join the ranks of former US Open junior champions who have gone on to win Grand Slam titles, including Stefan Edberg (1983), Andy Roddick (2000), Andy Murray (2004), Jennifer Capriati (1989), Lindsay Davenport (1992), Marion Bartoli (2001) and Victoria Azarenka (2005).

 

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