British young guns face stern USA test

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Some of Britain’s most promising tennis players will be showcasing their talent at the Aegon International in Eastbourne next week.

Claire Curran and Judy Murray will lead a strong under 18 British girls’ team in the 37th Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy as they look to once again defeat their American counterparts. The trophy, which will take place on June 20th and 21st at Devonshire Park, will see the teams battle it out over eight singles and four doubles matches to determine the overall winner.

Great Britain’s victory last year - they won 8-4 - saw them claw one back in the series which the US leads 24-12 but with Hemel Hempstead’s Katie Dunne and Leicester’s Katie Boulter - Britain’s top two junior players - likely to be in the team they will be hoping to narrow that gap again.

However, with current world junior no.1 and reigning Australian Open Junior Champion Taylor Townsend in the USA’s ranks Curran’s girls face a formidable test.

“The American team is very strong,” said Curran. “But we’ve assembled an excellent squad and I know the girls are extremely excited to be playing in Eastbourne.

Men’s Tennis Manager Martin Weston is charged with leading the boys challenge in the 2nd Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Junior Challenge Trophy, also an under 18 contest against the USA.

The trophy will run in the same format as the girl’s competition, on the same days.

The inaugural tournament took place in Eastbourne last year and Britain will be hoping to make it two in a row following their 6-2 victory in 2012.

“Some of the boys played in the winning team last year.”