TOP 14-AND-UNDER JUNIORS SET TO REPRESENT U.S. IN PRESTIGIOUS
LES PETITS AS AND JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL TEEN TENNIS EVENTS
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 11, 2018 – The USTA today announced the eight top 14-and-under juniors who will represent the U.S. in the prestigious Junior International Teen Tennis event January 15-21 in Bolton, England, and the renowned Les Petits As January 22-28 in Tarbes, France.
The boys players are Jonah Braswell (13, Sarasota, Fla; Coach: Ty Braswell), John Kim (13, Sunnyvale, Calif.; Coach: Shoggy Park), Victor Lilov (13, Raleigh, N.C.; Coach: Paul Goode) and Evan Wen (14, Morristown, N.J.; Coach: Randy Bloemendaal). USTA National Coach Jon Glover will travel with and coach the boys.
The girls players are Robin Montgomery (13, Washington, D.C.; Coach: Ali Agnamba); Vivian Ovrootsky (13, San Jose, Calif.; Coach: Nick Fustar); Katrina Scott (13, Woodland Hills, Calif.; Coach: Gary Sacks) and Katja Wiersholm (13, Kirkland, Wash.; Coach: Dan Willman). USTA National Coach Lori Riffice will travel with and coach the girls.
All eight players were selected based on finishing in the top four of the Les Petits As USA Playoffs, held in November in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Both tournaments are renowned for their previous participants. Andy Murray, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin and Caroline Wozniacki are among the previous finalists in Bolton, while a number of former Les Petits As champions have gone on to become No. 1 in the world, including Rafael Nadal, Clijsters and Martina Hingis.
Americans have had significant success at each event in recent years. Last year, both boys’ and girls’ singles finalists at Junior International Teen Tennis, including champions Coco Gauff and Toby Kodat, and seven of the eight overall semifinalists were American, marking the first time in the event’s 23-year history that players from the same country achieved those milestones. Meanwhile, the U.S. has had four Les Petits As singles champions in the last seven years, including CiCi Bellis, in 2013, and Frances Tiafoe, in 2012.
Former American winners at Les Petits As also include Michael Chang, Donald Young, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, while Lindsay Davenport was a finalist, and 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens and finalist Madison Keys were both participants.