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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Unexpected Rain Halts Jr. Orange Bowl 14s Qualifying; Luca Corinteli & Nikko Madregallejo Win Spots on US Winter Europe Team: USTA's Junior Review

Unpredicted rain showers in the Coral Gables area this morning set back the Junior Orange Bowl boys 14s qualifying, which, like the girls 14s, had two matches scheduled for the final day. Another shower, which again wasn't in the forecast, hit the Biltmore, where the girls 14s are held, and the University of Miami, where the boys 14s matches take place this afternoon. So tomorrow will begin with the final qualifying matches for the 14s. The 12s, at Salvadore Park (girls) and Tropical Park (boys), had only one round to finish today, so they will begin main draw matches at 8 a.m.

For draws, see the TennisLink site.

I haven't received any further results from the wild card tournament for the women's Australian Open berth, but I did learn that Luca Corinteli and Nikko Madregallejo won spots on the boys team the USTA will take to Europe for Les Petits As and Teen Tennis. Two other players will be invited next week.

Sally Milano looks back at the top performances of 2008 in her "Year in Review: Juniors" at usta.com.