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Duval, Vickery Named to USTA World Junior Tennis Squad

July 29, 2009 07:00 AM

Florida juniors will comprise two of the three spots on the girl's team when the U.S. travels to Prostejov, Czech Republic, on Aug. 3-8, 2009, to compete at the 2009 World Junior Tennis Competition Finals.

The U.S. boys' and girls' teams are the defending champions after last year sweeping both 14-and-under titles. The girls' team will be comprised of Bradenton's Victoria Duval, Miramar's Sachia Vickery, and Brooke Austin of Indianapolis, coached by Kathy Rinaldi. Competing for the boys' team will be Joseph Di Giulio of Newport Beach, Calif.; Nikko Madregallejo, of Duarte, Calif.; and Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont, Calif., coached by Andres Pedroso.

The girls' squad will be seeking their third consecutive World Junior title, while the U.S. boys' team also won back-to-back titles in 2002-03.

The United States is one of nine nations (Argentina, Australia, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Japan, Russia and South Africa) to send a boys’ team and a girls’ team to the World Finals. 

The U.S. boys’ team went undefeated at the North/Central America and Caribbean Regional Championships in May to qualify for the finals alongside second-place Mexico, while the girls’ team qualified by finishing second to the team from Canada. Each member returns from the boys’ team that competed in May, while Vickery replaces Jamie Loeb on the U.S. girls’ roster.

In September, both Di Giulio and Madregallejo will begin training fulltime at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.

McDonald, 14, is currently the top-ranked player in the USTA Boys’ 14s National Standings and won the Boys’ 14s title at the Easter Bowl in April, where he beat Madregallejo, a 14-year-old and the No. 2 player in the USTA Boys’ 14s rankings, in the final. Also competing will be Di Giulio, 14; he is currently No. 5 in the USTA Boys’ 14s rankings and finished in third place at last week’s USTA Boys’ 14s National Clay Court Championships.

The girls team also features the top-ranked player in the USTA Girls’ 14s National Standings in Austin, 13; she won the Girls’ 14s Easter Bowl title in April and swept the Girls’ 12s singles and doubles titles at both the USTA National Clay Court Championships and USTA National Championships in 2008. Joining her will be Duval, 13, who is No. 6 in the USTA Girls’ 14s rankings and is the reigning USTA Girls’ 14s national champion. 

Vickery, 14, is the only member of either team who appeared in last year’s competition, and is coming off a semifinal appearance at the USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 women’s event in Evansville, Ind. 







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