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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Wimbledon Junior Preview; Bricker Talks to Querrey

The Wimbledon Junior Championships don't begin until Saturday, but wimbledon.org has already posted this preview. It's a good sign that they'll be paying attention to the juniors, which would be a big improvement over the other Grand Slam websites, who usually ignore them until the finals. The story was obviously written a few weeks ago, as the rankings are out of date, and it is surprising that there is no mention made of Donald Young, who will likely be the top seed, given his ATP ranking inside the Top 300. Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the world's top-ranked girl, is certainly a threat at any junior slam, (Jon Wertheim over at SI.com has her beating Daniela Hantuchova in his first round upset special in the ladies draw) but she did not reach the third round of the main draw in Melbourne, as this story states. She lost in the final round of qualifying there this year. Pavlyuchenkova did win the girls doubles title last year at Wimbledon, but lost in the first round in singles, her worst showing in a junior slam since the 2005 US Open, when she had just turned 14.

Charlie Bricker caught up with Sam Querrey for this article in the Sun-Sentinel. Querrey's graduated beyond the usual realm of zootennis, but it's good reading.