4 Fla. Girls, 1 Boy in Wimbledon Jrs. Main Draw This Weekend
The USTA announced the nine boys and eight girls who have been accepted into the main draw and the qualifying draw at the 2012 Junior Championships at Wimbledon. The main draw will be played June 30?July 8 at The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in London, and qualifying will be played June 28-29.
Four of the seven U.S. girls in the main draw are from Florida -- Chalena Scholl (Pompano Beach), Alexandra Kiick (Plantation), Sachia Vickery (Miramar), and Jennifer Brady (Boca Raton). They are joined by Taylor Townsend, Stockbridge, Ga.; Kyle McPhillips, Willoughby, Ohio; and Christina Makarova, San Diego.
The lone Florida boy in the main draw is Spencer Papa (Boca Raton). He is joined by fellow Americans Mitchell Krueger, Aledo, Texas; Mackenzie McDonald, Piedmont, Calif.; Noah Rubin, Rockville Centre, N.Y.; Alexios Halebian, Glendale, Calif.; and Connor Farren, Hillsborough, Calif.
Three U.S. boys are in the boys' qualifying draw -- Stefan Kozlov, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Thai Kwiatkowski, Charlotte, N.C.; and Austin Siegel, Tarrytown, N.Y. Catherine Harrison of Germantown, Tenn., is the lone American in the girls' qualifying draw.
Townsend, Scholl, Kiick, Papa, Halebian, Kwiatkowski and Kozlov are all currently training full-time at the USTA Player Development Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.
Jordan Cox reached the Wimbledon boys' final as a qualifier in 2009. Americans also reached the boys' and girls' finals in 2007, when Donald Young became the first American to win the Wimbledon junior title since Scott Humphries in 1994, while Madison Brengle became the first American girl to reach the final since Chanda Rubin won the event in 1992.
10 and Under Tennis Lines, Courts Increase 500% in Florida; Grants Still Available
10 and Under Tennis courts, featuring 36-foot permanent courts and both 36-foot and 60-foot courts lined within traditional 78-foot courts, have increased more than 500 percent in Florida in roughly the last eight months, allowing for more kids to learn the game on child-sized courts with age-appropriate racquets and balls.
In early 2012, USTA Florida set a goal to increase the number of 36-foot and 60-foot lines and courts from 151 on Sept. 15, 2011, to 750 by Dec. 31, 2012. As of May 30, 2012, the number of 10 and Under Tennis lines and permanent courts in Florida has exceeded the 750 mark.
"This exciting statistic includes 36-foot and 60-foot blended lined courts, 36-foot and 60-foot clay court line kits, and permanent 36-foot and 60-foot courts all over the state," said USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis Linda Curtis. "The dramatic increase in 36-foot and 60-foot courts during 2012 is a great indicator of the success that we are experiencing in communities delivering the 10 and Under Tennis format of play for Florida's children, as well as for seniors and adults with injuries or other playing limitations. Using modified equipment on the smaller courts allows players of all ages and abilities a fun way to enjoy the game."
Don't miss your chance to get financial assistance for blended lines for hard courts, temporary lines for clay courts, or assistance in building permanent 36-foot and 60-foot courts in your community.
Contact Linda Curtis at (386) 671-8934 or curtisL@florida.usta.com for more information on how you can be part of this initiative in Florida.