Top American juniors to compete at 2012 French Open

May 30, 2012 02:20 PM
Eight girls and seven boys from the United States have been accepted into the main draw and the qualifying draw at the 2012 Roland Garros Junior French Championships. The main draw will be played June 3-10 at Roland Garros in Paris; qualifying will be played May 31-June 1. 
The following juniors have been accepted into the boys’ and girls’ singles draws and will represent the United States:
U.S. Boys – Main Draw
U.S. Girls – Main Draw
Mitchell Krueger, Aledo, Texas
Taylor Townsend, Stockbridge, Ga.
Mackenzie McDonald, Piedmont, Calif.
Chalena Scholl, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Noah Rubin, Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Spencer Papa, Boca Raton, Fla.
Alexios Halebian, Glendale, Calif.
U.S. Boys – Qualifying Draw
Thai Kwiatkowski, Charlotte, N.C.
Stefan Kozlov, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Alexandra Kiick, Plantation, Fla.
Sachia Vickery, Miramar, Fla.
Kyle McPhillips, Willoughby, Ohio
Krista Hardebeck, Santa Ana, Calif.
Jennifer Brady, Boca Raton, Fla.
Christina Makarova, San Diego
Townsend, 16, is currently the top-ranked girl in the ITF World Junior Rankings and is the first American to hold the No. 1 junior ranking since Donald Young in 2005. In January, Townsend swept the girls’ singles and doubles titles at the Australian Open, becoming the first American to capture both junior titles at a Grand Slam since Lindsay Davenport at the 1992 US Open. Scholl, 16, is currently No. 9 in the ITF World Junior Rankings and was a finalist at the 2012 USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif., where she lost to Kiick, 16, the daughter of former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick. Vickery, 17, is ranked a career-high No. 10 and captured the singles title at the Coffee Bowl in Costa Rica in January. 
Krueger, 18, is the highest-ranked American boy at No. 8 in the ITF World Junior Rankings. He captured the 2012 USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif., and won the doubles title at the Easter Bowl with Halebian, 17, who was the Easter Bowl singles runner-up. McDonald, 17, captured the Easter Bowl title and reached the boys’ semifinals at the Australian Open as a qualifier. He is currently ranked a career-high No. 12 in the ITF World Junior Rankings, while Rubin, 16, is ranked a career-high No. 17 and reached the semifinals at both the USTA International Spring Championships and the Easter Bowl.   
Townsend, Scholl, Kiick, Papa, Halebian, Kwiatkowski and Kozlov are all currently training full-time at the USTA Player Development Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.
Last year, Bjorn Fratangelo became the first American since John McEnroe in 1977 to win the boys’ singles title at Roland Garros. Andrea Collarini reached the boys’ singles final at Roland Garros in 2010, while Ashley Harkleroad (2002), current USTA main-draw wild-card Brian Baker (2003) and Alex Kuznetsov (2004) all reached the Roland Garros junior singles final in consecutive years, and Meghann Shaughnessy reached the girls’ final in 1996.  Jennifer Capriati (1989) was the last American to win the girls’ singles title at Roland Garros.