The USTA has announced the nine boys and eight girls who have been accepted into the main draw and the qualifying draw at the 2012 Junior Championships at Wimbledon. Among those selected is Rockville Centre, N.Y.'s Noah Rubin, a quarterfinalist at the recent 2012 Boys French Open Junior Singles Championships at Roland Garros. The main draw will be played June 30-July 8 at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, qualifiers will be played June 28-29. The following juniors join Rubin and have been accepted into the boys and girls singles draws and will represent the United States:
U.S. Boys – Main Draw
Mitchell Krueger, Aledo, Texas
Mackenzie McDonald, Piedmont, Calif.
Spencer Papa, Boca Raton, Fla.
Alexios Halebian, Glendale, Calif.
Connor Farren, Hillsborough, Calif.
U.S. Boys – Qualifying Draw
Thai Kwiatkowski, Charlotte, N.C.
Stefan Kozlov, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Austin Siegel, Tarrytown, N.Y.
U.S. Girls - Main Draw
Taylor Townsend, Stockbridge, Ga.
Chalena Scholl, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Alexandra Kiick, Plantation, Fla.
Sachia Vickery, Miramar, Fla.
Kyle McPhillips, Willoughby, Ohio
Jennifer Brady, Boca Raton, Fla.
Christina Macarova, San Diego, Ca.
U.S. Girls – Qualifying Draw
Catherine Harrison, Germantown, Tenn.
Townsend, 16, is currently the top-ranked girl in the ITF World Junior Rankings, and is the first American to hold the number one junior ranking since Donald Young in 2005. In January, Townsend swept the girls singles and doubles titles at the Australian Open, becoming the first American to capture both junior titles at a Grand Slam since Lindsay Davenport at the 1992 US Open.
Scholl, 16, is currently ninth in the ITF World Junior Rankings and was a finalist at the 2012 USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif., where she lost to Kiick, 16, the daughter of former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick. Vickery, 17, is ranked a career-high number eight and captured the singles title at the Coffee Bowl in Costa Rica in January.
Krueger, 18, is the highest-ranked American boy at seventh in the ITF World Junior Rankings. This year, he reached the boys’ semifinals at Roland Garros, and won the doubles title at the Easter Bowl with Halebian, 18, who was the Easter Bowl singles runner-up. McDonald, 17, captured the 2012 Easter Bowl title and reached the boys’ semifinals at the Australian Open as a qualifier.
Townsend, Scholl, Kiick, Papa, Halebian, Kwiatkowski and Kozlov are all currently training full-time at the USTA Player Development Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.
Jordan Cox reached the Wimbledon boys’ final as a qualifier in 2009. Americans also reached the boys and girlsfinals in 2007, when Donald Young became the first American to win the Wimbledon Junior title since Scott Humphries in 1994, while Madison Brengle became the first American girl to reach the final since Chanda Rubin won the event in 1992.