With three Top 5 seeds, Americans descend on 2023 Orange Bowl
The world's top juniors will descend on the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla. this week hoping to match the achievement of current and former tennis stars including Roger Federer, Coco Gauff and Andy Roddick: winning the famed Orange Bowl.
Americans come into this year's event, which will be played from Dec. 4-10, hoping to break a drought: No U.S. boy has won the title in the 18s event since Stefan Kozlov in 2014, while the last American girl to triumph in Plantation was Ashlyn Krueger in 2020—the last of four straight American champions.
But Top 5 seeds Alexander Frusina, Kaitlin Quevedo and Iva Jovic are among those hoping to change that. The trio leads a total of 45 U.S. players—20 boys and 25 girls—in the singles draws for this year's tournament. Quevedo and Jovic are the highest-seeded of all, coming into the girls' field at No. 2 and No. 4 in the seeds respectively, and in total, eight Americans are among the Top 16 in the two singles draws.
Joining the pair are No. 5 Frusina, No. 6 Adhithya Ganesan, No. 9 Kaylan Bigun and No. 12 Roy Horovitz on the boys' side, and No. 6 Tyra Grant in the girls' field. Grant, 15 and one-half of this year's Roland Garros-winning girls' doubles team with Clervie Ngounoue, comes into the event hot, having joined Jovic in reaching the semifinals last week at the Eddie Herr International Junior Championships.
Other notable competitors in the 18-and-under field include 16-year-old Jagger Leach, the son of three-time Grand Slam champion and new U.S. Billie Jean King Cup captain Lindsay Davenport; Alanis Hamilton, who joined Grant and Jovic on the U.S.'s winning junior Billie Jean King Cup team last month; Victoria Osuigwe, the younger sister of 2017 champion Whitney; and Olivia Center and Kate Faikh, who were the girls' doubles champions at this summer's USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships in San Diego. (Ganesan and Frusina won the boys' title.)
The 16-and-under event will be played simultaneously to the 18s event, and will also crown boys' and girls' singles and doubles champions. While U.S. players are seeking to reestablish a championship pedigree in the 18s division, there has been no such drought in the 16s: The last five girls' singles champions have been American, while two of the last three boys to win have represented the red, white and blue. No. 2 seeds Dominick Mosejczuk and Leena Friedman are the highest-seeded Americans in these draws.