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Florida's Kozlov, Black Lead U.S. Tennis Juniors at Wimbledon

June 10, 2014 03:09 PM
wimbledon_logoPembroke Pines' 16-year-old Stefan Kozlov and Boca Raton's 16-year-old Tornado Alicia Black will lead American juniors at Wimbledon when the junior championships at the All England Club kick off on June 28, 2014.
 
Other top U.S. juniors accepted into the juniors main draw include Francis Tiafoe (16, College Park, Md.), and CiCi Bellis (15, Atherton, Calif.).
 
Black, the No. 4-ranked junior in the world and a 2013 US Open junior finalist, leads the field of eight American girls accepted into the main draw, including No. 29 Sofia Kenin (15, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), No. 34 Usue Arconada (15, College Park, Md.), No. 36 Dasha Ivanova (17, Beaverton, Ore.), No. 50 Katrine Steffensen (18, Scarsdale, N.Y.), 
 
No. 57 Kaitlyn McCarthy (16, Cary, N.C.) and No. 60 Raveena Kingsley (15, Parkton, Md.).
 
Kozlov, a 2014 Australian Open junior finalist and the top-ranked American boy at No. 6, and the No. 8-ranked Tiafoe -- both of whom have held the world No. 2 ranking this year -- are joined in the main draw by No. 12 Michael Mmoh (16, Temple Hills, Md.), No. 24 Alex Rybakov (17, Coral Springs, Fla.), No. 50 Henrik Wiersholm (17, Kirkland, Wash.), and No. 54 Logan Smith (17, Carlsbad, Calif.).
 
Accepted into girls’ qualifying field are No. 78 Michaela Gordon (14, Los Altos Hills, Calif.), No. 87 Olivia Hauger (16, Tulsa, Okla.) and No. 99 Raquel Pedraza (16, Claremont, Calif.). Americans in boys’ singles qualifying are No. 46 Taylor Fritz (16, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), No. 68 Dennis Uspensky (17, Atlantic Beach, N.Y.) and Noah Rubin (18, Rockville Centre, N.Y.).
 
Last year American Taylor Townsend reached the Wimbledon girls’ singles final. Townsend made her Grand Slam main draw debut at the French Open last month, advancing to the third round. 
 
Previous American junior singles champions at Wimbledon include Donald Young (2007), Chanda Rubin (1992), Zina Garrison (1981) and Tracy Austin (1978).
 
 
 
 

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