EIGHT JUNIOR BOYS NAMED TO 2017 TEAM USA NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM
ORLANDO, Fla., April 19, 2017 – The USTA today announced that eight top junior boys qualified for the 2017 Team USA National Junior Team, a training program designed to give a collection of America’s best young players, born in either 2001 or 2002, opportunities to train together during the summer and travel to play against top junior competition from around the world. The girls’ team will be selected in May.
Seven of the eight players qualified for the team through a playoff, held this past weekend at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. Players were invited for the playoff based on tournament results, USTA national or ITF world ranking.
2017 Team USA National Junior Team – Boys
Blaise Bicknell (15, Miami; Coach: Melville Spence)
Andrew Dale (15, Leesburg, Va.; Coach: Daryl Ahrens)
William Grant (16, Boca Raton, Fla.; Coach: Juan Viloca)
Cannon Kingsley (15, Northport, N.Y.; Coach: Alex Pop-Moldovan)
Alex Lee (15, Oak Brook, Ill.; Coach: Tom Lockhart)
*Govind Nanda (16, Cerritos, Calif.; Coach: Vahe Assadourian)
Marcus McDaniel (14, Vacaville, Calif.; Coach: Phil Cello)
Siem Woldeab (15, La Mesa, Calif.; Coach: Stan Jefferson)
*Automatically qualified before playoff based on set criteria.
USTA Player Development will provide the National Junior Team with training opportunities and coaching and travel assistance to select USTA National Championships and ITF junior tournaments throughout the summer, beginning with a hard-court training camp at the USTA National Campus June 11-15.
Bicknell is rated a five-star recruit in the Top 50 nationally of the Class of 2019 by TennisRecruiting.net. Dale is ranked No. 3 in the latest USTA Boys’ 16s national standings and recently reached the 16s singles final and semifinals of the USTA International Spring Championships and Easter Bowl, respectively. Grant is rated as TennisRecruiting.net’s No. 9 prospect nationally in the Class of 2019. Kingsley is ranked No. 5 in the USTA Boys’ 16s national standings and was a boys’ 16s semifinalist at the USTA National Winter Championships in January.
Lee was an Easter Bowl boys’ 16s quarterfinalist and is ranked No. 15 in the USTA Boys’ 16s national standings. Nanda, who automatically qualified for the team before the playoff through meeting previously determined ranking/result criteria, is on the team for the second straight year. Nanda is the No. 4-rated prospect in the Class of 2019 on TennisRecruiting.net and started playing this year primarily on the USTA Pro Circuit. McDaniel, the youngest player on this year’s team, is the No. 4-ranked player in the USTA Boys’ 14s national standings and is a five-star freshman on TennisRecruiting.net. Woldeab is the highest-ranked player on the team in the USTA Boys’ 16s national standings, at No. 2, after he just won the 16s singles title at the USTA International Spring Championships.