From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 17, 2013 – The USTA announced the seven Americans – four girls and three boys – accepted into the singles main draws of the 2013 Australian Open Junior Championships. The main draws will be played January 19-26 at Melbourne Park in Melbourne.
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (17, Charlotte, N.C.), Mackenzie McDonald (17, Berkeley, Calif.) and Martin Redlicki (17, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) will represent the United States in the boys’ main draw.
Christina Makarova (16, San Diego), Sachia Vickery (17, Hollywood, Fla.), Allie Kiick (17, Plantation, Fla.) and Jamie Loeb (Ossining, N.Y.) will play in the girls’ main draw.
Kwiatkowski, ranked No. 16 in the world, is the highest ranked American in the boys’ field. In December, Kwiatkowski reached the Boys 18s semifinals at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships. McDonald, ranked No. 18 in the world, qualified and reached the semifinals of last year’s Australian Open Junior Championship, then went on to win the 2012 Easter Bowl title. Redlicki reached the finals of the USTA International Hard Court Championships in August.
Makarova, whose mother is former top-ranked Russian Luda Makarova, is the highest ranked American in the field at No. 14 and is coming off a title victory at the Copa Gatorade tournament in Venezuela last week. Kiick, the daughter of former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick, is ranked No. 21 in the world, having won the International Spring Championship last April and reached the French Open Junior Championship quarterfinals in June. Vickery, who trains at the USTA Player Development National Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla., is ranked No. 23 in the world and reached the third round of both the US Open Junior Championship and Wimbledon Junior Championship last year. Loeb captured three junior titles in 2012, including at the USTA International Hard Court Championship and the International Grass Court Championship.
Last year, Taylor Townsend swept the Australian Open girls’ singles and doubles titles en route to becoming the first American girl in 30 years to finish No. 1 in the year-end world junior rankings. Donald Young (2005), Andy Roddick (2000) and Kim Kessaris (1989) have also captured Australian Open junior singles titles in the Open Era, while Madison Brengle (2007), Lindsay Davenport (1992), Brian Dunn (1992), Andrea Farley (1989), Tim Wilkison (1977) and Jai Dilouie (1976) were singles finalists.