THAI-SON KWIATKOWSKI, CHRISTINA MAKAROVA AMONG AMERICANS TO PLAY IN SOUTH AMERICAN JUNIOR EVENTS
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (18, Charlotte, N.C.) and Christina Makarova (16, San Diego) are among the top American juniors who will compete in several upcoming International Tennis Federation junior tournaments in South America beginning today.
Many of the United States’ top juniors will compete in at least one of the four clay court events: Copa Milo, February 25-March 2 in Santiago, Chile; Asuncion Bowl, March 4-9 in Asuncion, Paraguay; Banana Bowl, March 11-17 in Carvalho, Brazil; and Copa Gerdau, March 18-24 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
In addition to Kwiatkowski, ranked No. 17 in the ITF World Junior rankings for players ages 18 and under, the boys’ competitors playing in South America include No. 20 Spencer Papa (17, Edmond, Okla.), No. 30 Mackenzie McDonald (17, Berkeley, Calif.), No. 36 Luca Corinteli (17, Alexandria, Va.), No. 56 Martin Redlicki (17, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), No. 66 Stefan Kozlov (15, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), No. 84 Daniel Kerznerman (17, Brooklyn, N.Y.) and No. 94 Michael Mmoh (15, Temple Hills, Md.).
Kozlov and Papa, who both train at the USTA National Training Center-Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., will travel with USTA National Coach Nicolas Todero.
Along with Makarova, the No. 16-ranked junior girl, the girls’ competitors include Louisa Chirico (16, Harrison, N.Y.), a U.S. Junior Fed Cup champion who reached the final of a USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 women’s tournament in Surprise, Ariz., last week, and top 100 juniors No. 79 Katrine Isabel Steffensen (16, Scarsdale, N.Y.), No. 84 Dasha Ivanova (16, Beaverton, Ore.), No. 85 Madison Bourguignon (15, Boynton Beach, Fla.), No. 86 Alicia Black (14, Boca Raton, Fla.), and No. 93 Rasheeda McAdoo (17, Boca Raton, Fla.).
Chirico trains at the USTA Training Center-East at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., while Black trains at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.
Disappointing not to see Rubin and Tiafoe on the list.