The United States Tennis Association revealed that Wimbledon junior champion Noah Rubin and 2013 US Open junior finalist ‘Tornado’ Alicia Black will headline the top American juniors accepted into the main draw of the 2014 US Open Junior Championships.
Rubin, the 18-year old protégé of John McEnroe’s, at his Randall’s Island, N.Y., academy, will once again be joined by world No. 2 junior Stefan Kozlov, who Rubin defeated in the first all-American Wimbledon boys’ title match since 1977. The US Open boys’ singles field includes 23 of the top 25 players in the ITF world junior rankings (age 18 and under), including No. 1 and French Open junior champion Andrey Rublev, of Russia, and 2013 Wimbledon boys’ champion Gianluigi Quinzi, of Italy.
Black, who reached the US Open girls’ final last year as an unseeded wild card, returns to Flushing as the second-ranked American in the girls’ field, following world No. 2 CiCi Bellis. The girls’ singles field features 21 of the top 25 in the world rankings, including Wimbledon junior champion Jelena Ostapenko, of Latvia.
Previous US Open girls’ champions include:
Coco Vandeweghe (2008)
Victoria Azarenka (2005)
Marion Bartoli (2001)
Lindsay Davenport (1992)
Jennifer Capriati (1989)
Zina Garrison (1981).
Past US Open boys’ champions include:
Jack Sock (2010)
Andy Murray (2004)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2003)
Andy Roddick (2000)
Stefan Edberg (1983)
Pat Cash (1982).
The 2014 US Open Junior Championships is held August 31-September 7 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.