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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Redlicki, Tiafoe and Norris Reach Quarterfinals at ITF Grade A in Mexico; USTA Winter Nationals Begin Thursday in Arizona

The junior tennis calendar doesn't pause for any holidays, with the first ITF tournament of 2013, the Grade A Abierto Juvenil in Mexico City, taking place this week, and the USTA Winter Nationals in Arizona beginning on Thursday.

Three Americans have reached the quarterfinals in Mexico: 14-year-old qualifier Francis Tiafoe, No. 7 seed Martin Redlicki and unseeded Marie Norris.

Tiafoe has already beaten two seeds--No. 10 seed Jaime Galleguillos, and today, No. 3 seed and ITF world No. 57 Franko Miocic of Croatia. Next for Tiafoe, the last unseeded player remaining, is No. 6 seed Lucas Gomez of Mexico.  Redlicki will play No. 4 seed Clement Geens of Belgium in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Norris, the 16s Eddie Herr champion, also has beaten two seeds en route to the quarterfinals, today picking up a three-set victory over No. 10 seed Harriet Dart of Great Britain, after a second round win over No. 7 seed Laura Ucros of Colombia. She will play No. 2 seed Ching-Wen Hsu of Taiwan on Friday.  Top seed Frederico Silva of Portugal and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland have reached the quarterfinals.

The ITF Junior website has been down all day, but draws are available at the tournament website.

The USTA Winter Nationals begin Thursday and end on January 2, 2013. The boys and girls 12s and 14s are in Tucson, and the boys and girls 16s and 18s are in Scottsdale.

Draws are available at the TennisLink sites, with the 12s and 14s here, and the 16s and 18s here.

The tournaments top seeds:

B18s: George Goldhoff
G18s: Jamie Loeb
B16s: Sameer Kumar
G16s: Meredith Xepoleas
B14s: Connor Hance
G14s: Elizabeth Porter
B12s: Keenan Mayo
G12s: Sophia Edwards