2014/07/28

Francis Tiafoe, Tornado Alicia Black to lead US Juniors at French Open Junior Championship

 

 

Francis Tiafoe

Francis Tiafoe

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 8, 2014– Francis Tiafoe (16, College Park, Md.), the No. 2-ranked junior boy in the world, and 2013 US Open junior finalist Tornado Alicia Black (15, Boca Raton, Fla.) lead the top American juniors accepted into the main draw of the French Open Junior Championship, June 1-7 in Paris.

The American boys competing in the main draw at Roland Garros will include No. 4-ranked Stefan Kozlov (16, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), a 2014 Australian Open junior finalist who previously held the world No. 2 junior ranking, No. 11 Michael Mmoh (16, Temple Hills, Md.), No. 43 Henrik Wiersholm (17, Kirkland, Wash.) and No. 46 Alex Rybakov (17, Coral Springs, Fla.).

In the girls’ field, joining the No. 4-ranked Black, who turns 16 on May 12, is No. 12-ranked CiCi Bellis (15, Atherton, Calif.), who won junior singles titles at both the Easter Bowl and International Spring Championship in April to become the youngest player in the Top 20 of the world junior rankings. Also accepted into the girls’ main draw are No. 29 Sofia Kenin (15, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), No. 34 Usue Arconada (15, College Park, Md.) and No. 42 Dasha Ivanova (Beaverton, Ore.).

Accepted into boys’ singles qualifying are No. 59 Taylor Fritz (16, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), No. 61 Logan Smith (17, Carlsbad, Calif.), No. 70 Dennis Uspensky (17, Atlantic Beach, N.Y.) and Noah Rubin (18, Rockville Centre, N.Y.), who advanced to the third round last year and the quarterfinals in 2012. Americans in the girls’ qualifying field are No. 52 Johnnise Renaud (17, North Miami, Fla.), No. 53 Katrine Steffensen (18, Scarsdale, N.Y.), No. 56 Katilyn McCarthy (16, Cary, N.C.), No. 63 Raveena Kingsley (15, Parkton, Md.) and No. 75 Olivia Hauger (16, Tulsa, Okla.).

An American has reached the singles final at three straight junior Grand Slams (Kozlov, 2014 Australian Open; Black, 2013 US Open; Taylor Townsend, 2013 Wimbledon). Last year, Louisa Chirico reached the girls’ semifinals at Roland Garros.

In 2011, Bjorn Fratangelo became the first American to win the French Open boys’ singles title since John McEnroe in 1977. The last American to win the French Open girls’ singles title is Jennifer Capriati (1989).

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