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World No. 1 Donald Young of Atlanta looks to clinch year-end top spot as Cilic, Sweeting give chase

December 1, 2005 09:19 AM

Three players locked in a battle to end the year as the top-ranked junior tennis player in the world: No. 1 Donald Young of Atlanta, No. 2 Marin Cilic of Croatia, and reigning US Open boys’ singles champions Ryan Sweeting of the Bahamas headline the list of entries for the 58th Annual Orange Bowl International Championships, which starts Monday, December 5 at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Donald Young
The Girls’ 18s field is led by world No. 3 and reigning Wimbledon girls’ singles champion Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, and No. 4 Raluca Olaru of Romania. No. 5 Alexa Glatch of Newport Beach, Calif., withdrew with an injury. Top-ranked Viktoria Azarenka, who won the Australian Open and US Open girls’ singles titles, has already clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking and is not entered in the Orange Bowl.

The Orange Bowl features singles and doubles competition for boys and girls in 18-and-under and 16-and-under categories. The boys’ and girls’ 18s singles winners receive a wild card entry in the qualifying round of the 2006 NASDAQ-100 Open, a combined ATP and WTA Tour event at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park.

Young, who won the Australian Open boys’ singles title in January at age 15 and became the youngest-ever No. 1 in the ITF world junior rankings, can clinch the year-end top spot by winning the Orange Bowl. If he does so, he will become the youngest-ever year-end No. 1 at 16 years, 5 months (a month younger than Richard Gasquet, the year-end No. 1 in 2002).

If Young does not win the title, Cilic, the reigning Roland Garros boys’ champion, could claim the year-end No. 1 ranking by winning the Orange Bowl. Sweeting, who resides in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and has signed a letter of intent to play college tennis at the University of Florida next fall, is the only other player who could overtake Young. He, too, would need to win the Orange Bowl but also must have a strong showing at this week’s Eddie Herr International in Bradenton, Fla., and the final event on the 2005 ITF calendar, the Yucatan Cup in Mexico.

Timothy Neilly of Tampa, Fla., defeated Young in last year’s final and is attempting to become the first player to successfully defend the Boys’ 18s title here since Billy Martin (1973-74).

2005 Orange Bowl – Boys’ 18s American Entries

Dylan ArnouldFlorence, MA
Jean Yves AuboneMiami, FL
Clint BowlesTampa, FL
Bradley CoxDuluth, GA
Kellen DamicoParker, CO
Marcus FugateFairport, NY
Johnny HamuiTampa, FL
Jamie HuntSan Antonio, TX
Mateusz KeckiSacramento, CA
Dennis LajolaOahu, HI
Michael McCluneIrvine, CA
Timothy NeillyTampa,FL
Leo RosenbergManhattan, KS
Nathanial SchnuggMedford, OR
Holden SegusoBoca Raton, FL
Shan SondhuLaguna Niguel, CA
Wil SpencerPonce de Leon, FL
Mike SroczynskiChatham, NJ
Donald YoungAtlanta, GA
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2005 Orange Bowl – Girls’ 18s American Entries

Lauren AlbaneseCoral Springs, FL
Alexandra AnghelescuWeston, FL
Julia BoserupLos Angeles, CA
Madison BrengleDover, DE
Gail BrodskyBrooklyn, NY
Lindsay BurdetteJackson, GA
Courtney ClaytonFort Lauderdale, FL
Julia CohenWeston, FL
Kimberly CoutsBradenton, FL
Chelsey GullicksonBrentwood, TN
Jennifer-Lee HeinserMiami, FL
Ellah NzeOwings Mills, ND
Melanie OudinMarietta, GA
Elizabeth PlotkinSan Francisco, CA
Andrea RemynseBattle Creek, MI
Yasmin SchnackWest Malibu, FL
Ashley WeinholdAustin, TX
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2005 Orange Bowl – Boys’ 16s American Entries

Devin BrittonJackson, MS
Chase BuchananGahanna, OH
Waylon ChinDelray Beach, FL
David CotroneBradenton, FL
Drew DanielPrarie Village, KS
Blake DavisAustin, TX
Tyler HochwaltScottsdale, AZ
Jarmere JenkinsCollege Park, GA
Bradley KlahnPoway, CA
Austin KrajicekSeffner, FL
Bozhidar KatsarovOjai, CA
Dennis NevoloGurnee, IL
Jared PinskyPotomac, MD
Christopher PriceHouston, TX
JT SundlingThousand Oaks, CA
Rhyne WilliamsKnoxville, TN
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2005 Orange Bowl – Girls’ 16s American Entries

Cristala AndrewsLas Vegas, NV
Mallory BurdetteJackson, GA
Krista DaMicoParker, CO
Kristy FrillingSidney, OH
Alexa GuarachiDestin, FL
Sarah GuzickGreer, SC
Daisha Hill-HurtadoCoral Gables, FL
Chloe JonesBaldwin City, KS
McCall JonesCoto De Caza, CA
Megan JonesMiramar, FL
Carolyn McVeighNew Canaan, CT
Asia MuhammadHenderson, NV
Vivian PengDelray Beach, FL
Nelly RadevaCosta Mesa, CA
Carling SegusoBoca Raton, FL
Amy SimidianSarasota, FL
Allie WillBoca Raton, FL
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For more information on the 2005 Orange Bowl, go to the junior section of usta.com.

Past winners of the Orange Bowl 18-and-under singles titles include: Chris Evert (1969, 1970), Bjorn Borg (1972), John McEnroe (1976), Ivan Lendl (1977), Gabriela Sabatini (1984), Mary Joe Fernandez (1986), Jim Courier (1987), Anna Kournikova (1995), Elena Dementieva (1998), Roger Federer (1998), Andy Roddick (1999), Vera Zvonereva (2000, 2001) and Nicole Vaidisova (2003).




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