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6 Florida Juniors Competing at Wimbledon

June 23, 2009 07:00 AM
Florida's Sachia Vickery
Qualifying play begins Friday, June 26, and the main draw Sunday at the Wimbledon juniors event, where one Florida player in the main draw and five in the qualifying will compete at the Roehampton qualifying grounds and at the All England Club.

NCAA Singles Champion Devin Britton of Jackson, Miss., leads the American boy's main draw contingent, joined by Wesley Chapel, Florida's Alex Domijan.

Other U.S. boys in the main draw are Denis Kudla, Arlington, Va.; Tennys Sandgren, Gallatin, Tenn.; Evan King, Chicago (trains at the USTA center in Boca Raton, Fla.); Mitchell Frank, Annandale, Va.; and Harry Fowler, Houston.

No Florida girls are among the main draw participants, but four will attempt to navigate the qualifying in Julia Boserup of Boca Raton, Alexandra Cercone of Seminole, Sachia Vickery of Miramar, and Brooke Bolender of Delray Beach.
 
Johannes Van Overbeek of Boca Raton, and Jordon Cox of Duluth, Ga., will compete in the boys qualifying.

The four U.S. girls in the main draw will be Sloane Stephens, San Pedro, Calif.; Christina McHale, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Beatrice Capra, Ellicott City, Md.; and Nicole Gibbs, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
 
The 18-year-old Britton became the youngest player to win the NCAA Division I Men's Singles Championship in his first year at the University of Mississippi. The 17-year-old King won the Boys' 18s title at the Easter Bowl in April and is the reigning USTA Boys' 18s National Clay Court Champion. The 16-year-old Kudla is the highest-ranked American boy at No. 13 in the ITF World Junior Rankings and won the Boys' 16s title at the Dunlop Orange Bowl in December. McHale, 17, won the Girls' 18s Easter Bowl title in April and won the Australian Open Girls' doubles title, where she also made her Grand Slam debut in women's singles.

Florida's Vickery, 14, has two career ITF singles titles and is the youngest American competing in either draw.

Two years ago Americans reached the boys and girls singles final at Wimbledon, with Donald Young becoming the first American to win the Wimbledon junior title since 1994, and Madison Brengle becoming the first American girl to reach the final since Chanda Rubin won in 1992.
 

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