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U.S. teams third at 2022 ITF World Junior Tennis Championships

Dan Levinsohn | August 09, 2022


At last week’s 2022 ITF World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic, Team USA placed third in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions. Switzerland won the former competition, and the Czech Republic claimed the latter. 

 

This year, the American boys were seeded third: Captain Jose Cabellero led up-and-comers Carel Ngounoue, Keaton Hance and Jack Kennedy. The second-seeded girls – guided by Kathy Rinaldi – included Capucine Jauffret, Shannon Lam and Julieta Pareja.

 

“We’re just so proud of the boys and girls – Team USA,” Rinadli told itftennis.com.

 

Team USA's girls at the 2022 ITF World Junior Tennis Championships. Credit: Serdjan Stevanovic

Each night, Team USA would gather in the hotel dining room for pizza and chicken wing dinners, as well as card games. Post-match meetings helped the kids bond and provided an opportunity to discuss the day’s competition – as well as prepare for upcoming challenges.

 

Team USA’s girls faced a significant quarterfinal opponent in Brazil. Jauffret and Lam ultimately clinched a semifinal spot with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Victoria Barros and Leticia Marangoni.  

“I am just so proud of my girls,” Rinaldi said. “Capucine played some great tennis in both singles and doubles. Shannon had a really tough match, her opponent played really well so full credit to her. But Shannon regrouped, re-set and came out with that match behind her.”

 

The United States’ boys last earned back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019, while the girls most recently won in 2017. 

 

Since its inaugural event in 1991, the ITF World Junior Tennis Championships has seen sports superstars like Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters compete. In recent years, some of America’s biggest current professional players – including Coco Gauff, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens and Frances Tiafoe – represented their country at the tournament.

Team USA's boys at the 2022 ITF World Junior Tennis Championships. Credit: Serdjan Stevanovic

Boys final placings: 

 

1) Switzerland

2) Germany

3) USA

4) Kazakhstan

5) Slovenia

6) Argentina

7) Bulgaria

8) Korea, Republic

9) Italy

10) Czech Republic

11) Japan

12) Ecuador

13) Colombia

14) Morocco

15) Mexico

16) South Africa 

 

Girls final placings: 

 

1) Czech Republic

2) Germany

3) USA

4) Slovakia

5) Korea, Republic

6) Great Britain

7) Japan

8) Brazil

9) Latvia

10) Serbia

11) Argentina

12) Canada

13) Australia

14) Egypt

15) Tunisia

16) India 

 

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