The USTA has announced the top American juniors who will represent the United States in the World Junior Tennis Competition Finals. Among those chosen for the boy's team is local product Noah Rubin of Merrick, N.Y. who made the cut and will join teammates Jordan Belga of Elk Grove Village, Ill. and Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, Fla. to represent the United States squad. The event features 32 teams (16 boys teams and 16 girls teams) composed of players 14-and-under from 23 nations worldwide. The U.S. girls team captured its third consecutive title last year, while the boys last won the title in 2008.
The World Junior Tennis Competition Finals will be held Aug. 2-7 in Prostejov, Czech Republic. The United States is one of nine nations (Australia, China, Czech Republic, France, Japan, South Korea, Russia and South Africa) to send a boys team and a girls team to the World Finals.
Congratulations to the following who will represent the United States:
World Junior Tennis—Boys
►Noah Rubin, Merrick, N.Y.
►Jordan Belga, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
►Stefan Kozlov, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
►Coach: Michael Sell
World Junior Tennis - Girls
►Gabrielle Andrews, Pomona, Calif.
►Brooke Austin, Indianapolis
►Taylor Townsend, Stockbridge, Ga.
►Coach: Kathy Rinaldi
Both the U.S. girls’ team and the U.S. boys’ teams went undefeated at the North/Central America and Caribbean Regional Championships in May to finish as the top qualifiers for the finals; Canada and Mexico finished second to qualify in the girls’ and boys’ competitions, respectively. Each team returns two members from the teams that competed in May; Kozlov replaces Daniel Kerznerman on the U.S. boys’ team, while Townsend replaces Christina Makarova on the U.S. girls’ roster.
Rubin, 14, is currently ranked 10th in the USTA Boys 14s National Standings, and in February, he reached the finals of Les Petits As in France, the second of two premier international 14-under-events held in Europe. Kozlov, 12, is the youngest competitor on either team and is currently the number six player in the USTA Boys 14s National Standings. In January, he won the AEGON International, one of the premier international 14-and-under events held in Bolton, England. Belga, 14, is currently ranked eighth in the USTA Boys 14s National Standings, and won the USTA Boys 14s Spring National Championships, defeating Kozlov in the final.
Austin, 14, is the number two player in the USTA Girls’ 16s National Standings, and is on the team for the second consecutive year. She won the girls 14s title at the Junior Orange Bowl in December and teamed with Andrews, 13, to win the doubles title at both the AEGON International and Les Petits As. Andrews is the top-ranked player in the USTA Girls 14s National Standings and recently swept the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Girls 14s Spring National Championships. Joining them will be Townsend, 14, who is ranked sixth in the USTA Girls 14s rankings and took third place at the USTA Girls 14s Spring National Championships, where she also won the doubles title.
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