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U.S. Juniors set to compete in World Junior Tennis Finals

August 5, 2013 04:26 PM
Thirteen-year-old Claire Lui of Thousand Oaks, Calif., will be one of the junior tennis players representing the United States in the World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic, from August 5-10.
Prostejov, Czech Republic -- The World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic, kick off this week and several of the top young American boys and girls ages 14 and under will compete for the U.S. in the premier world team event, which runs from August 5-10.
Thirteen-year-old Patrick Kypson of Greenville, N.C., Sam Riffice, 14, of Roseville, Calif., and Gianni Ross, 14, of Burr Ridge, Ill., will play for the boys and will be coached by USTA National Coach Andy Brandi.
Fourteen-year-old CiCi Bellis of Atherton, Calif., Michaela Gordon, 14, of Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Claire Liu, 13, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., will play for the girls and will be coached by USTA National Coach Richard Ashby.
The 16 nations competing are drawn into four round-robin groups. The winners of each group then advance to the semifinals and compete in a knockout bracket to determine the champion.
The U.S. is attempting to win back-to-back World Junior Tennis boys’ titles for the first time in 10 years, after Francis Tiafoe, Michael Mmoh and William Blumberg brought home the 2012 crown. The U.S. also won World Junior Tennis boys' gold in 2002-03 and 2008. The U.S. won the World Junior Tennis girls’ title four straight years from 2007 to 2010 as well as in 1992.
Former U.S. junior international team members include Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Sloane Stephens, Christina McHale and Lindsay Davenport. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have also represented their countries in junior international team competition.
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