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Stefanoni and Cardenas Lead U.S. Junior Open Draws

Marina Stefanoni (l) and Leonal Cardenas in the 2016 U.S. Junior Open.

Draws for the world’s largest individual squash tournament, the 2017 U.S. Junior Open, have been released. View all draws on the 2017 U.S. Junior Open tournament page.

Match play begins Saturday, December 16, at 8am EST, at Yale University, Wesleyan University, Trinity College and Loomis Chaffee School throughout central Connecticut.

A record 930 players from forty-one countries—an increase from thirty-four last year—will compete across five age divisions. The largest draws are the BU19 and BU17, which are full with 128 players, while the GU17 (121) and BU15 (123) both exceed 100. 2,162 matches are scheduled over the course of the four days.

Team USA’s Marina Stefanoni is in search of a fourth consecutive U.S. Junior Open title. The fifteen-year-old, two-time U.S. junior champion moves up two age groups this year to the U19 where she is seeded first. The Darien, Connecticut-native won the U15 titles in 2016 and 2015 and earned her first U.S. Junior Open title, the U13 division, in 2014. Stefanoni is predicted to face U.S. teammate Elle Ruggiero in the final.

Mexico’s Leonel Cardenas, ranked No. 145 on the PSA Tour, leads the boys’ U19 draw. The seventeen-year-old is competing in his ninth consecutive U.S. Junior Open, having competed in every age group since 2008. Cardenas is in search of his third U.S. Junior Open title in addition to his 2016 U17 and 2012 U13 titles. Princeton freshman and Indian international Adhitya Raghavan in predicted to meet Cardenas in the final.

Last year, the ten champions represented Team USA, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, England and India.

For more updates and information visit the 2017 U.S. Junior Open tournament page.

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