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Florida Players Help U.S. to International Jr. Fed Cup Win

September 30, 2014 11:33 AM
Tornado Alicia Black
Sofia Kenin (photo:Colette Lewis, www.zootennis.com)
Florida's Tornado Alicia Black and Sofia Kenin helped the U.S. to the International Junior Fed Cup title over the weekend, with the U.S. also collecting the Junior Davis Cup crown.

The United States won both titles on Sunday in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, sweeping the 16-and-under world team titles for the second time in the last seven years.
The top-seeded Junior Fed Cup team of Cici Bellis (15, Atherton, Calif.), Black (16, Boca Raton, Fla.) and Kenin (15, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) carried the U.S. to its third Junior Fed Cup title (2008, 2012) without losing a singles or doubles match.

In Sunday's final against unseeded Slovakia, Black beat Tereza Mihalikova, 7-6(6), 6-0, and Bellis defeated Viktoria Kuzmova, 6-0, 2-6, 6-3, to clinch the title. In doubles, Bellis and Kenin beat Mihalikova and Tamara Kupkova, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
The No. 2-seeded Junior Davis Cup team won all of their singles and doubles matches to bring the U.S. its third Junior Davis Cup title (1999, 2008).
USTA National Coaches Kathy Rinaldi and Eric Nunez coached the girls and boys, respectively.
Other former U.S. junior international team members include Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, James Blake and Lindsay Davenport. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have also represented their countries in junior international team competition.






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