The USTA announced that eight American boys and ten American girls have been accepted into the main draw and the qualifying draw at the 2011 Wimbledon Junior Championships. The main draw will be played June 26-July 3 at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in London; qualifying will be played in Roehampton, England, June 23-24.
The following juniors have been accepted into the junior draws and will represent the United States:
U.S. Boys - Main Draw
Shane Vinsant, Keller, Texas
Mitchell Krueger, Aledo, Texas
Mac Styslinger, Birmingham, Ala.
Alexios Halebian, Glendale, Calif.
Marcos Giron, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
U.S. Girls - Main Draw
Grace Min, Duluth, Ga.
Madison Keys, Boca Raton, Fla.
Christina Makarova, San Diego, Calif.
Victoria Duval, Bradenton, Fla.
Gabrielle Andrews, Pomona, Calif.
Stephanie Nauta, Bradenton, Calif.
Krista Hardebeck, Santa Ana, Calif.
U.S. Boys - Qualifying
Dennis Novikov, Boca Raton, Fla.
Connor Farren, Hillsborough, Calif.
Emmett Egger, Issaquah, Wash.
U.S. Girls - Qualifying
Lauren Herring, Greenville, N.C.
Elizaveta Anna Nemchinov, Rye, N.Y.
Catherine Harrison, Germantown, Tenn.
Giron, 17, is among hottest junior players in the country and put together a 19-match winning streak on the ITF World Junior Circuit this spring. He won the ITF event in Claremont, Calif., in March, and then won the USTA International Spring Championships and the Easter Bowl in back-to-back weeks, becoming the first male to accomplish that feat since fellow Thousand Oaks native Sam Querrey in 2005. Vinsant and Krueger, both 17, reached the 2011 boys’ doubles final at Roland Garros, and Krueger reached the boys’ quarterfinals at the 2011 Australian Open. 2011 Roland Garros boys’ singles champion Bjorn Fratangelo did not enter the Wimbledon Junior Championships.
Hardebeck, 16, will be competing in just her second junior tournament of 2011 after playing exclusively on the USTA Pro Circuit, and earned entry into the Wimbledon girls’ main draw based on her WTA ranking, currently at No. 363. In 2010, she won the International Spring Championships and the Easter Bowl in back-to-back weeks. Keys, 16, recently started training at the USTA Training Center-Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., and reached the final of the 2011 USTA International Spring Championships. Andrews, 14, reached the final at the 2011 Easter Bowl and swept the singles and doubles titles at the 2010 USTA Girls’ 18s Winter National Championships.
Jordan Cox reached the Wimbledon boys’ final as a qualifier in 2009. Americans also reached the boys’ and girls’ finals in 2007, when Donald Young became the first American to win the Wimbledon Junior title since Scott Humphries in 1994, while Madison Brengle became the first American girl to reach the final since Chanda Rubin won the event in 1992.