| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Adam Wolfthal

The USTA has announced the names of six boys and eight girls who have been offered wild card entries into the 2012 U.S. Open Boys and Girls singles championships. Two additional boys main draw wild cards are pending. The U.S. Open Junior Championships will be played Sept. 2-9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. 

Girls include local favorite Jamie Loeb of Ossining, N.Y.; Victoria Duval, who also will compete in the 2012 U.S. Open Women’s Singles Main Draw after winning the USTA Girls 18s Singles Title last week; Samantha Crawford, who will compete in the 2012 U.S. Open doubles main draw with partner Alexandra Kiick as the USTA Girls 18s Doubles Champions; and USTA Girls 16s Singles Champion Kimberly Yee.

Boys include USTA International Spring Championships Singles finalist Stefan Kozlov, the youngest player at age 14, who also won back-to-back singles titles in 2010 and 2011 at the AEGON Junior International; 2012 USTA Boys 16s Singles Champion Henrik Wiersholm, who in 2011 became the first American since 2005 to win the boys’ title at Les Petits As; 2012 Easter Bowl quarterfinalist Jared Hiltzik, who will play for the University of Illinois in the fall; and Harrison Adams, who has been competing extensively on the USTA Pro Circuit this year and won the doubles title at the $10,000 event in Joplin, Mo., this summer.

In addition to the main draw wild cards, the USTA has also announced the names of six girls and four boys who have been offered wild card entries into the junior qualifying tournament, which will be played Aug. 31-Sept.1. Two additional boys qualifying wild cards are pending.

Girls qualifying wild cards have been offered to Alicia Black (14, Boca Raton, Fla.); Louisa Chirico (16, Harrison, N.Y.); Nicole Frenkel (14, Winchester, Ma.); Emma Higuchi (14, Los Angeles); Katerina Stewart (15, Miami); and Japanese high school champion Erina Hayashi (18, Japan). Boys qualifying wild cards have been offered to Jared Donaldson (15, Cumberland, R.I.); Martin Redlicki (16, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.); Mitch Stewart (16, Federal Way, Wash.); and Japanese high school champion Shotaro Goto (18, Japan).

In 2011, Grace Min won the US Open girls’ title, upsetting top-seeded Caroline Garcia of France, 7-5, 7-6(3), in the final. Min, unseeded in the tournament, was the first U.S. girl to win the title since Coco Vandeweghe in 2008. In 2010, Jack Sock defeated Denis Kudla in an All-American final and became the first U.S. boy to win the U.S. Open boys singles title since Andy Roddick in 2000. Three US Open junior champions: Roddick, Lindsay Davenport (1992) and Stefan Edberg (1983), went on to win the U.S. Open singles title, as did junior runners-up Roger Federer (1998), Boris Becker (1984), Svetlana Kuznetsova (2001) and Martina Hingis (1994).