U.S. Junior Davis/Fed Cup, World Junior Tennis Teams Announced
Posted on April 22, 2009
Efferding. Di Giulio. Duval. Remember those names as the next generation of U.S. tennis stars emerge over the next couple years.
The USTA announced today the top American juniors who will represent the United States in the qualifying events for the Junior Davis Cup (16-and-under) and Junior Fed Cup (16-and-under) by BNP Paribas and the World Junior Tennis Competition (14-and-under). Each event features a four-team round robin competition May 1-3 at the USTA Training Center Headquarters, located at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla.
The two teams from each division in the World Junior Tennis qualifying event in Boca Raton will advance to the 16-nation world final, held August 3-8 in Prostejov, Czech Republic. The Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup World Finals will be held September 29-October 4 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. As Mexico is the host country, its teams will automatically qualify in Boca Raton, so only one other team from each division will advance to the 16-nation world final.
The Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup players are: Jeremy Efferding, Lake Worth, Fla.; Nicole Gibbs, Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Dennis Mkrtchian, Reseda, Calif.; Esther Goldfeld, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Shane Vinsant, Keller, Texas; Lauren Herring, Greenville, N.C.; with coaches Hugo Armando and Roger Smith.
The World Junior Tennis players are Joseph Di Giulio, Newport Beach, Calif.; Brooke Austin, Indianapolis; Nikko Madregallejo, Duarte, Calif.; Victoria Duval, Bradenton, Fla.; Mackenzie McDonald, Piedmont, Calif.; Jamie Loeb, Ossining, N.Y.; and coaches Andres Pedroso and Kathy Rinaldi.
Two of the players -- Efferding and Herring -- train full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., while three others -- Gibbs, Madregallejo and Mkrtchian -- train at the USTA Training Center�West in Carson, Calif.
Last year, the U.S. became the first country in the history of the junior team competitions to sweep all four titles. The U.S. World Junior Tennis teams became the first country to sweep both titles, as the boys' team won its third title overall and its first since 2003, while the girls' team won its second straight title and third overall.
The Junior Davis and Junior Fed Cup teams followed suit a month later, as each team won the title without dropping a single match. The Junior Fed Cup team won its first ever title, while the Junior Davis Cup team won its first title since 1999.
Former U.S. junior international team members include Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, Jamea Jackson, Ashley Harkleroad, and Lisa Raymond.