Asics Easter Bowl ITF Recap; US Teams for ITF Junior North American Qualifying; Two New USTA PD Coaches Hired; Oklahoma State Signs Former World Jr No. 4 Bolsova
My recap of the Asics Easter Bowl ITF Grade B1 is up today at the Tennis Recruiting Network. If you didn't have an opportunity to follow my daily coverage from Indian Wells, here's your chance to review what happened at one of the biggest tournaments of the year for American juniors.
The North American qualifying for the ITF Junior team events this summer is next weekend in Boca Raton. The teams selected to represent the United States for the World Junior Tennis (14-and-under) and Junior Davis and Junior Fed Cups (16-and-under) are below. The World Junior Tennis competition is August 1-6 in Prostejov, Czech Republic. The Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup competition is in Budapest, Hungary September 27-October 2.
World Junior Tennis boys:
Captain: Eric Nunez
World Junior Tennis girls:
Captain: Jean Desdunes
Junior Davis Cup:
Captain: Leo Azevedo
Junior Fed Cup:
Captain: Adam Peterson
Other countries competing for the two spots available are:
Canada (team includes Felix Auger-Aliassime)
Canada is the defending Junior Davis Cup champion. The US girls team, which included Claire Liu, finished second last year in Junior Fed Cup. The US girls team, which included Anisimova and McNally, finished second in the World Junior Tennis competition last year, while the US boys team finished third.
The USTA has announced the hiring of two new Player Development coaches: Lori Riffice (Sam's mother) and Jon Glover, both of whom will report to Kent Kinnear, the Director of Player ID and Development. The USTA release is here.
It's unlikely there will be a bigger spring signing than that of the Oklahoma State women, who have announced the addition of Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov of Spain. The 18-year-old Bolsova (as is customary for collegians from Spain, the second surname apparently will not be used here) was ranked as high as No. 4 in the ITF World Junior rankings and has won four $10,000 level tournaments on the ITF Women's Circuit. Her current WTA ranking is 577; her career high is 459.