The USTA announced that eight of America’s top young junior players will travel to Europe to represent the United States in two premier 14-and-under events, one of which is currently underway: the Nike Junior International Teen Tennis, January 12-17 in Bolton England, and Les Petits As, January 20-26 in Tarbes, France. Axel Nefve, age 13, from Hinsdale, Ill. is one of four boys selected.
The two annual events feature some of the world’s best players ages 14-and-under. A number of former Les Petits As champions have gone on to become No. 1 in the world, including Rafael Nadal, Kim Clijsters and Martina Hingis. Former American winners include Michael Chang, Donald Young and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, while Lindsay Davenport was a finalist.
An American boy or girl has won the singles title in at least one of the two events each of the last three years. Last year, CiCi Bellis swept the girls singles and doubles titles at both events. In 2012, Francis Tiafoe, who is now ranked among the Top 10 juniors in the world, won both boys’ singles titles.
Both the boys and the girls will play warm-up matches against the team from Great Britain prior to the start of Teen Tennis. Nefve is coached by USTA National Coach Jay Devashetty who works out of the USTA Training Center – East in Flushing, N.Y.
Follow the results of each tournament at TennisEurope.org.
Currently, the USTA/Midwest Section exceeds 90,000 individual members and approximately 1,100 member organizations. It is the second largest section of the United States Tennis Association. The USTA/Midwest Section consists of 13 Districts in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin as well as designated counties in West Virginia and Kentucky. The USTA/Midwest Section offers recreational and competitive tennis for individuals of all ages and abilities. Please visit www.midwest.usta.com for more information.
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