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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Twenty-one Americans in Action Monday on Wimbledon's Opening Day; How Do Former Wimbledon Junior Champions Fare in the Pros? ITF Junior, Pro Circuit Update

The top half of the men's draw and the bottom half of the women's draw kick off this year's Wimbledon Monday, with 21 Americans in action.

I mentioned when the draws came out Friday how lopsided the women's distribution was for Americans, with 16 of the 21 US women in the bottom half, so it will be much busier Monday than on Tuesday, when the other seven American men and five American women will place their first round matches (Tommy Paul withdrew Saturday).

Monday's first round matches featuring Americans:

Sloane Stephens v Petra Kvitova[10](CZE)
Venus Williams[WC] v Mihaela Buzarnescu(ROU)
Madison Keys[23] v Katie Swan[Q]
Sofia Kenin[4] v Xinyu Wang[Q](CHN)
Kristie Ahn[LL] v Heather Watson
Jessica Pegula[22] v Caroline Garcia(FRA)
Lauren Davis v Jodie Burrage[WC](GBR)
Danielle Collins v Polona Hercog(SLO)
Ann Li v Nadia Podoroska(ARG)
Katie Volynets[Q] v Irina-Camelia Begu(ROU)
Alison Riske[28] v Tereza Martincova(CZE)
Claire Liu[Q] v Misaki Doi(JPN)
Shelby Rogers v Samantha Stosur(AUS)
Madison Brengle v Christina McHale
Danielle Lao[Q] v Katie Boulter[WC](GBR)

Frances Tiafoe v Stefanos Tsitsipas[3](GRE)
Mackenzie McDonald[Q] v Karen Khachanov[25](RUS)
Denis Kudla[Q] v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina[30](ESP)
Reilly Opelka[27] v Dominik Koepfer(GER)
Sebastian Korda v Alex De Minaur[15](AUS)

The New York Times published an article yesterday about the Junior Championships at Wimbledon, centered on the likelihood that the champions there, and at other slams, will go on to have successful pro careers. 

Below are the lists of former Wimbledon junior singles champions in the men's and women's draws this year:

Roger Federer, 1998
Gael Monfils, 2004
Jeremy Chardy, 2005
Grigor Dimitrov, 2008
Marton Fucsovics, 2010
Reilly Opelka, 2015
Denis Shapovalov, 2016
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, 2017

Kristyna Pliskova, 2010
Ashleigh Barty, 2011
Belinda Bencic, 2013
Jelena Ostapenko, 2014
Anastasia Potapova, 2016
Claire Liu, 2017
Iga Swiatek, 2018

At the J1 in Roehampton, four Americans have advanced to Monday's final round of qualifying: Aidan Kim, Braden Shick, Benjamin Kittay and Clervie Ngounoue. The main draw begins on Tuesday.

At the J3 in Kazakhstan, Leanid Boika reached the singles final and won the doubles title. The unseeded 16-year-old from Florida lost 6-3, 6-0 in the singles final to top seed Dinko Dinev of Bulgaria. Partnering with Yunseong Jang of Korea in doubles, the No. 3 seeds defeated No. 4 seeds Karim Ibrahim and Youssef Sadek 6-2, 6-4 in the championship match.

The two USTA Pro Circuit tournaments concluded today with the singles finals. At the $15,000 men's tournament in Champaign Illinois, top seed Jason Kubler of Australia defeated Kentucky sophomore Gabriel Diallo of Canada, a qualifier, 6-2, 6-1.

At the $60,000 women's tournament in Charleston South Carolina, No. 2 seed Despina Papamichail of Greece defeated No. 6 seed Gabriela Ce of Brazil 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

And at the $15,000 tournament in Tunisia, 19-year-old qualifier Omni Kumar(Duke) won his first ITF World Tennis Tour title, defeating Luciano Darderi of Italy 7-6(6), 6-3.