The top-seeded US boys 14-and-under team of William Blumberg, Michael Mmoh and Francis Tiafoe won the ITF World Junior Tennis championships today in the Czech Republic, defeating defending champion and No. 2 seed Korea 2-0. Mmoh, who trains at IMG Academy, downed YunSeong Chung 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 singles and Tiafoe clinched the victory by defeating DuckHee Lee 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1. The doubles was not played. This is the first time the US boys have won the title since Christian Harrison, Alexios Halebian and Tyler Gardiner accomplished it in 2008. This victory will be part of the legacy of coach Michael Sell, who is leaving the USTA soon to move to Baton Rouge Louisiana, where his wife has taken the head coaching job at LSU.
The girls title went to the unseeded Slovak Republic team, who beat No. 2 seeds Great Britain 2-1, in a match that lasted over five hours. The match at No. 2 singles between Slovakia's Tereza Mihalikova and Great Britain's Jazzi Plews was over three hours long, with Mihalikova saving match points in her 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-5 victory. Gabriella Taylor kept Great Britain in the match with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Victoria Kuzmova at No. 1, but the doubles went to the Slovak team 6-2, 7-5, to give them a 2-1 win. The US girls, the No. 1 seeds, finished seventh with a win over Canada on Friday.
For an article on today's championship matches, see the ITF junior website. The results of today's matches can be found here.