Americans sweep 2024 Australian Open junior doubles titles
American teams swept the Australian Open junior doubles titles on Friday in Melbourne, marking the first time since 1992 that American teams won both junior doubles titles at a Grand Slam.
In the girls’ doubles final, Iva Jovic (16; Torrance, Calif.) and Tyra Grant (15, Bordighera, Italy) won in straight sets. The third-seeded pair didn’t drop a set the entire tournament. Jovic and Grant, who are both ranked in the Top 20 in the ITF world junior rankings, are regular partners, and recently won the girls’ 18s doubles title at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships for the second consecutive year.
Max Exsted (16; Savage, Minn.) and Cooper Woestendick (17; Olathe, Kan.) prevailed in the boys’ doubles final as the unseeded duo knocked off three of the tournament’s Top 5 seeded teams en route to the title. This is the second title the pair have won this month; they teamed up to win the doubles crown at the ITF junior event in Traralgon, Australia, prior to the start of the Australian Open.
USTA National Coaches Tom Gutteridge (girls) and Mario Rincon (boys) supported American juniors at the Australian Open.
The last time all-U.S. teams won both junior titles at a Grand Slam came at the 1992 US Open. Jimmy Jackson and Eric Taino won the boys’ doubles title, while future Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport and Nicole London won the girls’ doubles title.
Also on Friday in Melbourne, American David Wagner won the quad wheelchair doubles title alongside Great Britain’s Andy Lapthorne. The title is Wagner’s 23rd Grand Slam quad wheelchair doubles title and first since the 2022 Australian Open.