It is that time again. Last year, we got crushed pretty bad. From the top of my head, we managed only 2 wins, Krueger over Ward-Hibbert and Papa over Bambridge. I'm more excited about the girls
In Eastbourne, where both the ATP and WTA are holding a tournament this week, juniors will take to the grass courts Thursday and Friday for international competition between the United States and Great Britain. The Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy, the girls competition that has been held for 37 years, is joined by the boys competition, the LTA Junior Challenge Trophy, in just its second year.
The US girls competing are: Louisa Chirico, Jamie Loeb, Tornado Alicia Black and Taylor Townsend. The US boys competing are: Stefan Kozlov, Noah Rubin, Luca Corinteli, Spencer Papa and Thai Kwiatkowski. Nicolas Todero and Freddy Rodriguez are the USTA National coaches in charge of the teams. I haven't seen the names of those on the British teams yet.
For more, including a link to the USTA's release, see the Maureen Connolly Brinker Foundation's website.
Men's Tennis Manager Martin Weston is charged with leading the boys challenge in the 2nd Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Junior Challenge Trophy, also an under 18 contest against the USA. The trophy will run in the same format as the girl’s competition, on the same days.
The inaugural tournament took place in Eastbourne last year and Britain will be hoping to make it two in a row following their 6-2 victory in 2012.
Weston is confident that his line-up of Cameron Norrie, Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara, Evan Hoyt has all of the skill and power to win for a second time.
“Some of the boys played in the winning team last year and with a year’s more experience under their belts they will be even better equipped,” said Weston.
“The likes of Luke and Evan have played in a number of junior Grand Slams now and that will certainly help against a very strong USA team.
“It’s also a fantastic opportunity for them to compete on grass courts ahead of the important ITF at Roehampton and the Junior Championships, Wimbledon and also great to play alongside a tour event with the level of interest and different pressures that brings.”
America’s team will feature Stefan Kozlov, Noah Rubin, Spencer Papa, Luca Corinteli and Thai Kwiatkowski.
“The 37th Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy and 2nd LTA Junior Challenge Trophy provide a great opportunity to see some of the young British talent coming through. I urge you to come and join us,” added Simon Jones, Head of Performance Support at the LTA.