USTA – WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 10, 2014 – Top American juniors Francis Tiafoe (16, College Park, Md.), Stefan Kozlov (16, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), CiCi Bellis (15, Atherton, Calif.) and Tornado Alicia Black (16, Boca Raton, Fla.) lead the Americans accepted into the main draw of the Wimbledon Junior Championships, June 28-July 6 in Wimbledon, London.
Bellis, the No. 2-ranked junior in the world, and No. 4 Black, a 2013 US Open junior finalist, lead a field of eight American girls accepted into the main draw, including No. 29 Sofia Kenin (15, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), No. 34 Usue Arconada (15, College Park, Md.), No. 36 Dasha Ivanova (17, Beaverton, Ore.), No. 50 Katrine Steffensen (18, Scarsdale, N.Y.), No. 57 Kaitlyn McCarthy (16, Cary, N.C.) and No. 60 Raveena Kingsley (15, Parkton, Md.).
Kozlov, a 2014 Australian Open junior finalist and the top-ranked American boy at No. 6, and No. 8-ranked Tiafoe – both of whom have held the world No. 2 ranking this year – are joined in the main draw by No. 12 Michael Mmoh (16, Temple Hills, Md.), No. 24 Alex Rybakov (17, Coral Springs, Fla.), No. 50 Henrik Wiersholm (17, Kirkland, Wash.), and No. 54 Logan Smith (17, Carlsbad, Calif.).
Accepted into girls’ qualifying field are No. 78 Michaela Gordon (14, Los Altos Hills, Calif.), No. 87 Olivia Hauger (16, Tulsa, Okla.) and No. 99 Raquel Pedraza (16, Claremont, Calif.). Americans in boys’ singles qualifying are No. 46 Taylor Fritz (16, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), No. 68 Dennis Uspensky (17, Atlantic Beach, N.Y.) and Noah Rubin (18, Rockville Centre, N.Y.).
Last year, Taylor Townsend reached the Wimbledon girls’ singles final. Townsend made her Grand Slam main draw debut at the French Open last month, advancing to the third round. Previous American junior singles champions at Wimbledon include Donald Young (2007), Chanda Rubin (1992), Zina Garrison (1981) and Tracy Austin (1978).