2018 USA National Junior Boys' Team

April 20, 2018 08:39 AM

Eight top junior boys have qualified for the 2018 Team USA National Junior Team, a training program designed to give a collection of America’s best young players, born in either 2002 or 2003, opportunities to train together during the summer and travel to play against top junior competition from around the world. The girls’ team will be selected in May.

All eight players secured their place on the team through a playoff, held April 13-18 at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. Players were invited for the playoff based on tournament results, USTA national or ITF world ranking. 

2018 Team USA National Junior Team – Boys

Jack Anthrop (14, Orlando, Fla.; Coach: John Roddick)

Alexander Bernard (14, Bonita Springs, Fla.; Coach: Rene Gomez)

Hunter Heck (15, New Brighton, Minn.; Coach: Viet Pham)

Toby Kodat (15, Bradenton, Fla.; Coach: Ales Kodat)

Alex Lee (16, Oak Brook, Ill.; Coach: Tom Lockhart)

Marcus McDaniel (15, Vacaville, Calif.; Coach: Phil Cello)

J.C. Roddick (15, Helotes, Texas; Coach: Mark Hilderbrand)

Niroop Vallabhaneni (15, Paradise Valley, Ariz.; Coach: Jeremy Coll)

Anthrop was a singles quarterfinalist in the USTA Boys’ 14s National Clay Court Championships last summer, and is ranked No. 36 in the USTA Boys’ 16s national standings. Bernard is Tennis Recruiting Network’s No. 1-rated prospect in the Class of 2022, and recently reached the 16s singles quarterfinals at the prestigious Easter Bowl. Heck recently won the 16s doubles title at the USTA International Spring Championships, and is ranked No. 25 in the USTA Boys’ 16s national standings. Kodat is Tennis Recruiting’s No. 1-ranked boys’ prospect in the Class of 2021, and has represented the U.S. at several international junior events.

Lee is rated No. 2 in the nation in Tennis Recruiting’s Class of 2020 and reached the quarterfinals of last summer’s USTA Boys’ 16s National Championship, after reaching the 16s semifinals of the Clay Courts. McDaniel was a 16s singles semifinalist at the USTA Clay Court Championships this past summer, and won an ITF-level 18s singles title at the Evert American tournament in November, in Boca Raton, Fla. Roddick, Andy Roddick’s nephew, is Tennis Recruiting’s No. 5-rated player nationally in the Class of 2021. Vallabhaneni is Tennis Recruiting’s No. 38-ranked player nationally and No. 1 in Arizona in the Class of 2020.

USTA Player Development will provide the National Junior Team with training opportunities and coaching and travel assistance to select ITF tournaments and training opportunities throughout the summer.

Full results from this weekend's round robin and final playoff are available now.