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Domijan, Embree Lead Floridians in French Open Juniors

May 27, 2009 07:00 PM

U.S. juniors, led by four Floridians in the main draw and qualifying, will attempt to end a 20-year title drought when the French Open junior tournament begins on Sunday, May 31, at Roland Garros in Paris.

Wesley Chapel's Alex Domijan will compete in the boy’s main draw, and Boca Raton’s Johannes Van Overbeek in the qualifying event. Lauren Embree of Marco Island, who lost in the first round of the pro main draw to No. 11 seed Nadia Petrova, is the No. 6 seed in the girl’s main draw, and Seminole’s Alexandra Cercone is in the qualifying event.

Photo: Alex Domijan by Robbie Saurus

Evan King of Chicago, who trains in Boca Raton at the USTA National Center, is among other U.S. boys in the junior main draw including Tennys Sandgren, Gallatin, Tenn.; Denis Kudla, Arlington, Va.; Devin Britton, Jackson, Miss.; Harry Fowler, Houston; and Mitchell Frank, Annandale, Va. Jordan Cox of Duluth, Ga., is in the qualifying draw.

Other girls in the junior main draw are Christina McHale, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; and Beatrice Capra, Ellicott City, Md. Joining Cercone in the qualifying are Sloane Stephens, San Pedro, Calif.; and Mallory Burdette, Jackson, Ga.

The 18-year-old Embree is the top-ranked player in the USTA Girls’ 18s National Standings, and gained a main draw wildcard by winning a USTA wildcard playoff in April.

Jennifer Capriati in 1989 and John McEnroe in 1977 were the last two Americans to win the French Open junior title.






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