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Florida Tennis Briefs: McEnroe at 2013 Delray, Kozlov on Jr. Davis Cup

September 24, 2012 02:26 PM
Florida's Kozlov on U.S. Jr. Davis Cup Team This Week
Stefan Kozlov (bottom) posing with a past U.S. Junior Davis Cup team and actress/model Brooklyn Decker
Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, Fla., will represent the U.S. in the international 16-and-under version of tennis' Davis Cup this week when the U.S. Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup teams compete Sept. 25-30, 2012, in Barcelona, Spain.

On the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team with Kozlov are Noah Rubin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and Jared Donaldson (Cumberland, R.I.).

Kozlov at age 14 is the youngest player in both the Junior Davis Cup field and the Top 100 of the ITF World Junior rankings (No. 64). He went 2-0 playing No. 1 singles for the U.S. in Junior Davis Cup qualifying, and this summer advanced to the third round of the US Open Junior Championship and the second round of the Wimbledon Junior Championship.

The U.S. Junior Fed Cup team will be comprised of Taylor Townsend (Stockbridge, Ga.), Louisa Chirico (Harrison, N.Y.) and Gabrielle Andrews (Pomona, Calif.). USTA National Coach Kathy Rinaldi will captain the Junior Fed Cup team, and USTA National Coach Nicolas Todero will captain the Junior Davis Cup team.

The Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup World Finals will be held simultaneously, with the United States earning the No. 1 seed in both events. In round robin play the top-seeded U.S. boys are in Group A with No. 7-seeded Russia, Brazil and Japan, while the top-seeded U.S. girls are in Group A with No. 7 Egypt, Korea and Spain.

The 16 nations in each event were drawn into four round-robin groups, and the top team in each group will then advance to the semifinals, where a single elimination competition will determine the champion. Each match-up between countries consists of two singles matches and one doubles match. The U.S. qualified for the international events by going undefeated in regional play in April. Overall, 21 nations will be represented across the two events, with 11 countries competing in both.

The United States swept both the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup titles in 2008, while also capturing the Junior Davis Cup title in 2009. Former U.S. junior international team members include James Blake, Jennifer Capriati, Michael Chang, Jim Courier, Lindsay Davenport, Mardy Fish, Lisa Raymond and Andy Roddick.

McEnroe Stars in 2013 ATP Champions Event in Delray Beach

John McEnroe is returning to Delray Beach to play in the newly-formatted ATP Champions Tour event that features six stars playing a round-robin event over three days. McEnroe will be joined by Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Carlos Moya, Mark Philippoussis and Aaron Krickstein in the 'legends' field at the 2013 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC), held Feb. 22-March 3, 2013.

A Moya vs. Krickstein and McEnroe vs. Cash doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 22, will kick off the 21st annual ITC, which features the only ATP Champions Tour event in the U.S., and the only one in the world to be played alongside an ATP World Tour event.

McEnroe06"Our fans never tire of seeing Johnny Mac," says Tournament Director Mark Baron. "He is a magician with a tennis racket in his hands. The amazing skills that you see in him and players like Mats and Pat are the reason people of all ages keep coming back."

McEnroe and Wilander, each winners of seven Grand Slam singles titles and members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, are both returning to Delray Beach after playing in the ITC's first two ATP Champions Tour events. McEnroe was the runner-up to Patrick Rafter in the inaugural tournament in 2009. Moya (2012) and Philippoussis (2011) won the last two Delray Beach ITC legends events, and are the top two players on a tour where players are ranked based on points compiled across a global schedule. Moya, the 1998 French Open champion, joined the tour last year and at one point won seven straight events.

The Saturday (Feb. 23) line-up will include the ATP Champions Tour's current top-ranked players, Moya vs Philippoussis, and a featured match-up between Hall of Famers McEnroe and Wilander. The legends are forever linked by their 1982 Davis Cup quarterfinal -- the longest Davis Cup match in history -- in which McEnroe outlasted Wilander in five sets over six hours and 32 minutes.

For event information or tickets go to www.yellowtennisball.com.






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