Aledo's Mitchell Krueger, who reached the semifinals of the Wimbledon Junior Championship this month, has signed with the sports management agency Octagon, and has turned pro.
The 18-year-old is the top-ranked American junior and is ranked No. 5 in the world. He had signed with Texas A&M, but instead will move to the USTA training center in Boca Raton, Fla.
"We're excited," said Krueger's mother, Marla. "He signed the contract a couple of days ago, and he's ready to get going."
Krueger, who also reached the semifinals at the French Open Junior Championships in Paris, recently competed in Challenger-level events in Binghamton, N.Y., where he received a wild card into the main draw, and at the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington, Ky., where he won a first-round qualifying match against Jordan Cox.
Krueger will continue playing ITF junior events in addition to some pro events. He is in Boca Raton preparing for the USTA Boys 18 National Championships on Aug. 5-14, in Kalamazoo, Mich. The winner earns a spot in the U.S. Open main draw.
Krueger, however, is guaranteed a wild-card spot into U.S. Open qualifying, regardless of the outcome in Michigan. He will also continue to compete in the U.S. Open Junior Championships.
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