The USTA has announced the top juniors who will compete on the U.S. Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup teams in the World Finals of the 16-and-under versions of Davis Cup and Fed Cup, Sept. 25-30 in Barcelona, Spain. Noah Rubin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Stefan Kozlov (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and Jared Donaldson (Cumberland, R.I.) will play for the U.S. in Junior Davis Cup, while Taylor Townsend (Stockbridge, Ga.), Louisa Chirico (Harrison, N.Y.) and Gabrielle Andrews (Pomona, Calif.) will represent the United States in Junior Fed Cup,aldson (Cumberland, R.I.) will play for the U.S. in Junior Davis Cup. USTA National Coach Kathy Rinaldi will captain the Junior Fed Cup Team, and USTA National Coach Nicolas Todero will captain the Junior Davis Cup.
The Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup World Finals will be held simultaneously, with the United States earning the top seed in both events. The 16 nations in each event were drawn into four round-robin groups, and the top team in each group will then advance to the semifinals, where a single elimination competition will determine the champion. Each match-up between countries consists of two singles matches and one doubles match. The U.S. qualified for each World Final by going undefeated in the North/Central America and Caribbean Regional Championships in April. Overall, 21 nations will be represented across the two events, with 11 countries competing in both.
Rubin, 16, is currently 16th in the ITF World Junior rankings, having advanced to the semifinals of both the 2012 Easter Bowl and the International Spring Championship and reaching the quarterfinals of the 2012 French Open Junior Championship. Kozlov, 14, is the youngest player in both the Junior Davis Cup field and the top 100 of the ITF World Junior rankings (64th). He went 2-0 playing number one singles for the U.S. in Junior Davis Cup qualifying and this summer advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open Junior Championship and the second round of the Wimbledon Junior Championship. Donaldson, 15, played number two singles and doubles in Junior Davis Cup qualifying in April, posting a 6-0 combined record.
Townsend, 16, is the top-ranked junior in the world among all players 18 and younger. This year, she won singles titles at the Australian Open Junior Championship and Easter Bowl and captured junior doubles titles at three of four Grand Slam events (Australian Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open). Andrews, 15, partnered with Townsend to win junior doubles titles at the 2012 Australian Open and U.S. Open, and both were a part of the U.S. Junior Fed Cup team during qualifying. Chirico, 16, reached the first round of the U.S. Open Junior Championship and trains at the USTA Training Center-East at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., the home of the U.S. Open.
The United States swept both the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup titles in 2008, while also capturing the Junior Davis Cup title in 2009. Former U.S. junior international team members include James Blake, Jennifer Capriati, Michael Chang, Jim Courier, Lindsay Davenport, Mardy Fish, Lisa Raymond and Andy Roddick.