The USTA announced the top juniors who will compete on the U.S. Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup teams in the World Finals of the 16-and-under versions of Davis Cup and Fed Cup, September 25-30, in Barcelona, Spain.
Taylor Townsend (Stockbridge, Ga.), Louisa Chirico (Harrison, N.Y.) and Gabrielle Andrews (Pomona, Calif.) will represent the United States in Junior Fed Cup, while Noah Rubin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Stefan Kozlov (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and Jared Donaldson (Cumberland, R.I.) will play for the U.S. in Junior Davis Cup. USTA National Coach Kathy Rinaldi will captain the Junior Fed Cup Team, and USTA National Coach Nicolas Todero will captain the Junior Davis Cup Team.
The Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup World Finals will be held simultaneously, with the United States earning the No. 1 seed in both events. The 16 nations in each event were drawn into four round-robin groups (See below for full draw results), and the top team in each group will then advance to the semifinals, where a single elimination competition will determine the champion. Each match-up between countries consists of two singles matches and one doubles match. The U.S. qualified for each World Final by going undefeated in the North/Central America and Caribbean Regional Championships in April. Overall, 21 nations will be represented across the two events, with 11 countries competing in both.
Townsend, 16, is the No. 1-ranked junior in the world among all players 18 and younger. This year, she won singles titles at the Australian Open Junior Championship and Easter Bowl and captured junior doubles titles at three of four Grand Slam events (Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open). Andrews, 15, partnered with Townsend to win junior doubles titles at the 2012 Australian Open and US Open, and both were a part of the U.S. Junior Fed Cup team during qualifying. Chirico, 16, reached the first round of the US Open Junior Championship and trains at the USTA Training Center-East at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., the home of the US Open.
Rubin, 16, is currently No. 16 in the ITF World Junior rankings, having advanced to the semifinals of both the 2012 Easter Bowl and the International Spring Championship and reaching the quarterfinals of the 2012 French Open Junior Championship. Kozlov, 14, is the youngest player in both the Junior Davis Cup field and the top 100 of the ITF World Junior rankings (No. 64). He went 2-0 playing No. 1 singles for the U.S. in Junior Davis Cup qualifying and this summer advanced to the third round of the US Open Junior Championship and the second round of the Wimbledon Junior Championship. Donaldson, 15, played No. 2 singles and doubles in Junior Davis Cup qualifying in April, posting a 6-0 combined record.
The United States swept both the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup titles in 2008, while also capturing the Junior Davis Cup title in 2009. Former U.S. junior international team members include James Blake, Jennifer Capriati, Michael Chang, Jim Courier, Lindsay Davenport, Mardy Fish, Lisa Raymond and Andy Roddick.
Jared Donaldson, Cumberland, R.I.
Stefan Kozlov, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Noah Rubin, Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Coach: Nicolas Todero
JUNIOR DAVIS CUP FIELD
(1) United States
, Pomona, Calif.
, Harrison, N.Y.
, Jonesboro, Ga.
Coach: Kathy Rinaldi
JUNIOR FED CUP FIELD
(1) United States