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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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:
Stefan Leustian
Nicholas Garcia
Alex Lee
Captain: Eric Nunez

World Junior Tennis girls:
Whitney Osuigwe
Alexa Noel
Naomi Cheong
Captain: Jean Desdunes

Junior Davis Cup:
Sebastian Korda
Keenan Mayo
Trey Hilderbrand
Captain: Leo Azevedo

Junior Fed Cup:
Claire Liu
Amanda Anisimova
Caty McNally
Captain: Adam Peterson

Other countries competing for the two spots available are:
WJT boys

WJT girls
Puerto Rico

Canada (team includes Felix Auger-Aliassime)
Dominican Republic

Puerto Rico

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.