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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

US Players Selected for ITF World Jr. Competition; Dates and Location of French Open Wild Card Tournament; Stephens Profile

Boca Raton, Florida will be busy in the next two weeks, hosting the North American qualifying for the ITF's World Junior and Junior Fed and Davis Cups, and the French Open main draw tournaments for men and women.

The junior competition, which has taken place in Mexico and Canada the past several years, will be at the USTA's National Training Center site at the Evert Academy, May 1-3. The boys 14s representing the U.S. in this qualifying are Joe Di Giulio, Nikko Madregallejo and Mackenzie McDonald. The girls 14s team is made up of Brooke Austin, Vicky Duval and Jamie Loeb.

The Junior Fed Cup squad team for this competition is Nicole Gibbs, Ester Goldfeld and Lauren Herring. The Junior Davis Cup trio is Jeremy Efferding, Dennis Mkrtchian and Shane Vinsant.

For the complete USTA release, click here.

The wild card tournament to decide the main draw berth in the upcoming French Open begins next Tuesday with eight men vying for the spot. The women's event, which will NOT be a round robin format, but rather single elimination and a 16-player draw, will be played from April 29 through May 2. The competition will be held at the Boca West Country Club.

As soon as I am notified of the participants, I will pass that information along. Juniors I spoke to in California who said they were planning to play the women's event were Kristie Ahn, Lauren Embree, Christina McHale, Nicole Gibbs and Sloane Stephens.

Stephens was recently featured on Yahoo's Rivals website. Click here for the story.