While I was busy with the NCAAs last week, the Wimbledon Junior acceptances were announced by the International Tennis Federation, and the girls field is notably weaker than the field in the upcoming French Open juniors, which begin on Sunday.
The boys from the United States accepted into the main draw are: Thai Kwiatkowski, Stefan Kozlov, Noah Rubin, Luca Corinteli and Spencer Papa. Martin Redlicki is in the qualifying draw, six places out. US girls in the main draw are Taylor Townsend, Jamie Loeb, Johnnise Renaud and Vicky Duval. Duval received entry based on her WTA ranking of 287.
Louisa Chirico is in qualifying, three place out of the main draw.
The only boy in the top 45 not entered in the main is No. 40 Roman Safiullin of Russia, so the cutoff ranking number is still very high at 45. Nick Kyrgios of Australia, the ITF junior No. 1 and Australian boys champioin, is entered and will be the top seed if he stays in the draw. A wild card recipient into the men's main draw at Roland Garrps, Kyrgios won his first round match over ATP veteran Radek Stepanek, but this article about his win says he is still planning to play in the French junior tournament. That will undoubtedly change if he beats No. 10 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia Wednesday.
The girls field has ten top players missing: Recent Italian Open winner Belinda Bencic of Switzerland(4), Francoise Abanda of Canada(5), Christina Makarova of the US(12), Karin Kennel of Switzerland(19), Darya Kasatkina of Russia(22), Sachia Vickery of the US(30), Samantha Crawford of the US(32), Maria Marfutina of Russia(36), Ilka Csoregi of Romania(39) and Anna Danilina of Kazakhstan(48). The rankings in parentheses are at time of acceptance, not this week's.
Makarova is still on the acceptance list for the French; Vickery has withdrawn, as has Duval. Allie Kiick withdrew earlier. Loeb is heading off to Europe with a tournament title at last week's $10,000 Pro Circuit event in Sumter, SC, where she defeated Brooke Austin 6-4, 6-3 in the final. It is Loeb's third $10K title.
The ITA released the final team rankings for 2013, with NCAA champions Virginia men and Stanford women finishing on top. Virginia moved up from No. 3, while Stanford surged from No. 12. The final individual rankings will be released next week.
The Top 10 men's teams:
4. Ohio State
5. Southern Cal
10. Ole Miss
The Top 10 women's teams:
3. Texas A&M
4. North Carolina
6. Southern Cal
The complete rankings can be found at the ITA website.
The Tennis Recruiting Network announced its men's spring recruiting class rankings for 2013, with NCAA champion Virginia taking the top spot, followed by UCLA, North Carolina, Florida and Stanford. The women's recruiting class rankings will be announced next Monday.