September 19th, 2017

Jr. Slam Winners Anisimova, Osuigwe Lead U.S. Team in Junior Fed Cup Tennis

Youth Tennis News

From left: French Open winner Whitney Osuigwe and runner-up Claire Liu after the all-American 2017 final

The U.S. will lead with two junior Grand Slam winners when it competes this week in the Junior Fed Cup international competition in Budapest, Hungary, which will also host the top boys’ players in the world for the Junior Davis Cup, both on Sept. 19-24 on red clay.

The U.S. girls’ squad will be led by 16-year-old US Open girls’ winner Amanda Anisimova (Aventura, Fla.; Coaches: Konstantin Anisimova, Henner Nehles), and 15-year-old French Open girls’ winner Whitney Osuigwe (Bradenton, Fla.; Coaches: Desmond Osuigwe, Margie Zesinger), along with 15-year-old Wimbledon girls’ doubles finalist Caty McNally (Cincinnati; Coach: Lynn McNally). The U.S. Junior Fed Cup team will be coached by USTA National Coach Erik Kortland.

The U.S. boy’s Junior Davis Cup squad includes William Grant (16, Boca Raton, Fla.; Coach: Juan Viloca), Govind Nanda (16, Cerritos, Calif.; Coach: Vahe Assadourian), and Tyler Zink (16, Bradenton, Fla.; Coach: George Zink), coached by USTA National Coach Eric Nunez.

The competition includes 16 nations on both the boys’ and girls’ sides, competing first in round-robin groups, then in a knockout bracket to determine the winner. In 2014 the U.S. swept both titles for the second time in seven years. Last year the U.S. girls’ team, featuring both Anisimova and McNally, finished runner-up for the second straight year to Poland, while the U.S. boys finished fourth. 

The Junior Fed Cup and Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Finals is the premier 16-and-under world team competition in the world, with former competitors including Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, Lindsay Davenport, Sloane Stephens, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.

The U.S. has won three Junior Fed Cup titles (2008, 2012, 2014) and three Junior Davis Cup titles (1999, 2008, 2014) in the competition’s history.
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