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Stefanoni and Douglas Seeded to Retain National Junior Titles

Stefanoni (r) against Chemtob in the GU19 final.

Marina Stefanoni (r) against Chloe Chemtob in the 2017 GU19 final.

2016 National junior champions Marina Stefanoni and Andrew Douglas enter the 2017 National Juniors as the U19 top seeds this weekend at Harvard University and MIT in Boston, Massachusetts.

Last year, Stefanoni became the youngest junior champion in U.S. history at the age of thirteen. The fourteen-year-old from Darien, Connecticut, returns this year having made her professional debut, won a Pan American juniors team gold medal and lost just one junior match all season.

Stefanoni’s Pan American juniors teammate Grace Doyle opposes her in the draw as the two seed—Doyle’s highest seeding at National Juniors.

One week after a breakthrough run to the S.L. Green U.S. Men’s Championship final, Douglas returns to Harvard where he claimed his maiden junior title in search of ending his domestic junior career with a second title.

Douglas is predicted to face U.S. junior teammates Cole Becker in the semifinals and Sam Scherl in the final.

The tournament features full draws of the thirty-two top-ranked players across boys’ and girls’ U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19 divisions.

A special sportsmanship ceremony will take place Saturday evening at 7pm. Recipients of the DeRoy Sportsmanship Award and William T. Ketcham Jr. Award for Most Improved Player will be recognized.

Follow live scores on www.clublocker.com all weekend starting Friday morning at 9am, ET.

For more information and to view draws visit the National Juniors tournament page.

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