USTA -WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 23, 2014 – Wimbledon junior champion and Long Island native Noah Rubin and 2013 US Open junior finalist Tornado Alicia Black headline the top American juniors accepted into the main draw of the 2014 US Open Junior Championships, held August 31-September 7 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Rubin, the 18-year old protégé of John McEnroe’s, at his Randall’s Island, N.Y., academy, will once again be joined by world No. 2 junior Stefan Kozlov (16, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), who Rubin defeated in the first all-American Wimbledon boys’ title match since 1977. No. 6-ranked Francis Tiafoe (16, College Park, Md.) and No. 11 Michael Mmoh (16, Temple Hills, Md.) are also entered into the boys’ main draw.
Black (16, Boca Raton, Fla.), who reached the US Open girls’ final last year as an unseeded wild card, returns to Flushing as the second-ranked American in the girls’ field, following world No. 2 CiCi Bellis (15, Atherton, Calif.).
The US Open boys’ singles field includes 23 of the top 25 players in the ITF world junior rankings (age 18 and under), including No. 1 and French Open junior champion Andrey Rublev, of Russia, and 2013 Wimbledon boys’ champion Gianluigi Quinzi, of Italy. The girls’ singles field features 21 of the top 25 in the world rankings, including Wimbledon junior champion Jelena Ostapenko, of Latvia.
Americans filling out the boys’ main draw are: Wimbledon junior semifinalist and No. 18 Taylor Fritz (16, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.); No. 25 Alex Rybakov (17, Coral Springs, Fla.); No. 42 Logan Smith (17, Carlsbad, Calif.), No. 47 Henrik Wiersholm (17, Kirkland, Wash.); and Jared Donaldson (17, Cumberland, R.I.), whose No. 333 ATP ranking leads all Americans.
Other Americans in the girls’ draw are: No. 29 Sofia Kenin (15, Pembroke Pines, Fla.); No. 30 Usue Arconada (15, College Park, Md.), No. 33 Dasha Ivanova (17, Beaverton, Ore.) and No. 49 Michaela Gordon (15, Los Altos Hills, Calif.).
Tommy Paul (17, Coconut Creek, Fla.) and Katerina Stewart (17, Miami) are also in the main draw by virtue of earning wild cards as this year’s USTA 18s National Clay Court champions.
Dennis Uspensky (17, Atlantic Beach, N.Y.) was accepted into boys’ qualifying. Katrine Steffensen (18, Scarsdale, N.Y.), Kaitlyn McCarthy (16, Cary, N.C.) Raveena Kingsley (16, Parkton, Md.) and Jessica Ho (17, Wexford, Pa.) were accepted into girls’ qualifying.
Previous US Open girls’ champions include Coco Vandeweghe (2008), Victoria Azarenka (2005), Marion Bartoli (2001), Lindsay Davenport (1992), Jennifer Capriati (1989) and Zina Garrison (1981).
Past US Open boys’ champions include Jack Sock (2010), Andy Murray (2004), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2003), Andy Roddick (2000), Stefan Edberg (1983) and Pat Cash (1982).