December 2, 2015

Defending Champion Sofia Kenin Headlines Orange Bowl


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., November 30, 2015 – Defending champion and US Open girls’ finalist Sofia Kenin (17, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) headlines a talented Girls’ 18s field at next week’s Metropolia Orange Bowl that includes 2015 Grand Slam junior champions Dalma Galfi (US Open; Hungary), Sofya Zhuk (Wimbledon; Russia) and Tereza Mihalikova (Australian Open, Slovakia), along with a surplus of top American prospects. The 69th Metropolia Orange Bowl, featuring hundreds of premier 18-and-unders from around the world, will be played December 7-13 at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla.


Regarded as the longest-running international junior tennis tournament in the world, the Orange Bowl features singles and doubles competition for boys and girls in 18-and-under and 16-and-under divisions. It will be played on clay – the surface on which it was played from 1947 to 1998 – for the fifth straight year. Boys’ and Girls’ 18s qualifying begins on Sat., Dec. 5.


A Girls’ 18s field teeming with talent could very well yield rematches of several 2015 junior Grand Slam singles finals – Galfi and Kenin are both entered, as are Mihalikova and Australian Open finalist Katie Swan, of Great Britain. Top American juniors such as 2014 Orange Bowl Girls’ 18s finalist Ingrid Neel (17, Rochester, Minn.), Top-10 world-ranked junior Usue Arconada (17, College Park, Md.), 2015 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Michaela Gordon (16, Los Altos Hills, Calif.), 2014 US Open semifinalist Caroline Dolehide (17, Hinsdale, Ill.), 2014 USTA Girls’ 16s National Champion Kayla Day (16, Santa Barbara, Calif.), and Claire Liu (15, Thousand Oaks, Calif.), the youngest player in the Top 600 of the WTA rankings, are also expected to compete.


The Boys’ 18s field features talented international prospects, such as 2015 US Open doubles champion Felix Auger-Aliassime, of Canada, 2014 Orange Bowl Boys’ 18s finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece and Casper Ruud, of Norway. Top college-bound American boys, such as TCU recruit Alex Rybakov (18, Coral Springs, Fla.) and Georgia recruit Nathan Ponwith (17, Scottsdale, Ariz.), join the next wave of U.S. prospects in this year’s field, led by 2014 Boys’ 16s champion Sam Riffice (16, Roseville, Calif.).


Metropolia returns for the third year as title sponsor of the Orange Bowl. A multinational organization with sectors in finance, infrastructure projects, information technology and sports business, Metropolia has its United States headquarters in Miami and formed a partnership to help operate the full-service Tier One Tennis Academy in Coral Gables, Fla.

The Orange Bowl returned to clay in 2011 for the first time since 1998, when it moved from the clay courts at Flamingo Park in Miami Beach to the hard courts of its previous location at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne. Many players compete in the Eddie Herr junior championships in Bradenton, Fla., the week prior to competing in the Orange Bowl.


Founded by Eddie Herr in 1947, the Orange Bowl quickly became one of the premier international junior events in the world and an annual showcase for the global scope of the game.  Players from more than 50 countries have competed in the tournament, and champions have emerged from 28 different nations.  A number of Orange Bowl champions have used the occasion to announce plans to turn professional.


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 (1985), Jim Courier (1987) and Anna Kournikova (1995). Roger Federer (1998), Elena Dementieva (1998), Andy Roddick (1999), Vera Zvonareva (2000, 2001), Marcos Baghdatis (2003), Nicole Vaidisova (2003) and Caroline Wozniacki (2005) all won the event on hard courts.


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Tennis Channel and USTA Form Digital-Subscription Partnership

Tennis Channel and USTA Form Digital-Subscription Partnership
USTA to offer Members and Other Tennis Enthusiasts Exclusive Discount Opportunity for Network’s Premium Tennis Channel Plus Streaming Service
NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, November 30, 2015 -Tennis Channel and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) – the governing body of tennis in the United States – have formed a digital-subscription partnership centered on the channel’s Tennis Channel Plus service.
Beginning today, the USTA is Tennis Channel’s exclusive Tennis Channel Plus partner during the holiday season, now through December 31. In this period, USTA members are able to take 25-percent off Tennis Channel Plus‘ $79.99 annual subscription. Additionally, non-members who want to purchase the OTT service through the USTA are able to save 20-percent on an annual subscription.
The partnership will resume May 1 through June 5, during the lead-up to the French Open in late May. Of Tennis Channel Plus‘ year-round content, a significant lineup of live, multi-court coverage is available during the French Open.
Tennis Channel will support the USTA with an online video promo and creative elements to use in its membership outreach.
“This is a great opportunity for Tennis Channel and the USTA to put Tennis Channel Plus in front of other fans who want even more tennis than we can fit on TV,” said Adam Ware, senior vice president, head of digital, Tennis Chanel. “I can’t think of a better audience for Tennis Channel Plus than USTA members.”
Launched during the 2014 French Open, Tennis Channel Plus is available to everyone in the United States, regardless of whether they currently subscribe to Tennis Channel. The premium digital-subscription service offers exclusive content unavailable on the linear television network, including more than 650 live matches from more than 50 events. Among these are the French Open, Australian Open, Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Hopman cup, and numerous ATP and WTA tournaments. Beyond live coverage, Tennis Channel Plus features archived original network programming, highlights and thousands of hours of on-demand classic matches.
Tennis Channel and the USTA have worked together in various capacities since the channel first appeared on air in 2003. In addition to network coverage at a number of events it governs, the USTA made a financial investment in Tennis Channel in 2006. Tennis Channel currently produces a three-hour daily morning show from Arthur Ashe Stadium during the US Open, the largest tournament in tennis, as well as encore late-night match coverage throughout the event.

Ivan Lendl, Mardy Fish and Jill Craybas to Coach with USTA Player Development

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Ivan Lendl ©TennisPanorama

From the USTA: (November 10, 2015) – The USTA today announced that eight-time Grand Slam singles champion Ivan Lendl, former world No. 7 Mardy Fish, and former American Olympian Jill Craybas will begin coaching with USTA Player Development as part of its strategy to involve former champions and top American players in the development of current American pros and juniors.


Lendl, Fish and Craybas will work with USTA Player Development on a part-time basis beginning this fall and winter. Lendl began working with a group of top 15- and 16-year old boys at a training camp held last week at Windsor in Vero Beach, Fla., and will continue working with the group through several USTA Pro Circuit and junior tournaments in November and December, and into next year. Fish will help lead several weeks of offseason training at the USTA Training Center – West in Carson, Calif., with a group of professional men. Craybas will begin working with a group of pro women during their offseason training at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla.


The coaching partnerships are initial steps in USTA Player Development’s effort to be more deliberate in engaging past champions and former American professionals as coaches, advisors or mentors. In addition to Lendl, Fish and Craybas, USTA Player Development has also worked with or is planning to work with other former and current American pros, including Michael Russell, Brian Baker, Marianne Werdel and Ann Grossman-Wunderlich, among several others.


“We have done this on an informal basis – Andy Roddick, Jim Courier and Billie-Jean King, most notably, have been very generous with their time and willingness to work with our young pros – but we need to be more intentional about our outreach to former champions and top professionals,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Martin Blackman. “They have been in the second week of a Grand Slam or even hoisted the trophy on that final Sunday, and that is invaluable. We need to cultivate a culture that is characterized by a champion’s mindset, and when one of our young women or men spends time with a former champion, it creates a cultural connection that cannot be over-estimated.


“We are just in the beginning stages of our outreach, and there are American champions that we have not yet connected with, but so far the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”


Lendl, 55, is a former world No. 1 who won three US Open, three French Open and two Australian Open titles from 1984-90, and his 94 ATP World Tour titles rank second all-time. From 2012 to early 2014, Lendl coached Andy Murray to his first two Grand Slam singles titles, at the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon. Fish, 33, climbed to No. 7 in the world in 2011 and won six ATP World Tour titles in his career. He retired following a second-round finish at the 2015 US Open. Midway through his career, Fish committed to a disciplined approach to his conditioning and nutrition, which resulted in his best achievements and career-high ranking. Craybas, 41, played on tour for 18 years and represented the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She won one singles title and five doubles titles on tour and won the NCAA women’s singles championship while at Florida in 1996.


USTA Announces Launch of Australian Open Wild Card Challenge

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(October 22, 2015) – The USTA announced the launch of the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge. The Wild Card Challenge, in its second year, will utilize the USTA Pro Circuit to award wild cards into the 2016 Australian Open.


In this Wild Card Challenge, the American man and American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points at two of the three select USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events this fall will earn main draw wild cards into the 2016 Australian Open. Only Americans who did not earn direct entry into the Australian Open are eligible. The USTA and Tennis Australia have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2015 US Open and 2016 Australian Open are exchanged.


All participating tournaments will be streamed live on and can also be followed on the USTA Pro Circuit app by searching “procircuit” in the app store. Two new $50,000 women’s events will be joining the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge: in Waco, Texas, and Scottsdale, Ariz.


The Australian Open Wild Card Challenge will consist of the following events:


$50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Women’s Events

  • Tennis Classic of Macon, Macon, Ga. (week of Oct. 26)
  • Bush’s $50,000 Waco Showdown, Waco, Texas (week of Nov. 2)
  • Copperwynd Pro Women’s Challenge, Scottsdale, Ariz. (week of Nov. 9)

$50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Events

  • Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger, Charlottesville, Va. (week of Nov. 2)
  • Knoxville 2015 Challenger, Knoxville, Tenn. (week of Nov. 9)
  •  JSM Challenger of Champaign-Urbana, Champaign, Ill. (week of Nov. 16)

The USTA first used this wild card format in 2012 to award wild cards into the French Open and US Open and has been doing so ever since. Last year, Irina Falconi and Denis Kudla earned wild cards into the Australian Open by winning this wild card challenge. This year, teenagers Frances Tiafoe and Louisa Chirico each won the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge for wild cards into the French Open, and Samantha Crawford and Bjorn Fratangelo earned US Open wild cards by winning the US Open Wild Card Challenge this summer.


The 2016 Australian Open main draw will be held Monday, Jan. 18, to Sunday, Jan. 31.


Information on the USTA Pro Circuit’s Australian Open Wild Card Challenge will be available at and on Twitter through @USTAProCircuit.


Hawaii to Host Fed Cup for the First Time as USA Faces Poland in February


From the USTA : WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., October 20, 2015 – The USTA announced that the Holua Tennis Center at Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, has been selected as the site for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II First Round between the United States and Poland, February 6-7.  Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport with approximately 100 nations taking part each year.


The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, February 6, with two singles matches. It is followed by two reverse singles matches and the doubles match on Sunday, February 7. Matches will be played on an outdoor hard court.  U.S. Fed Cup Team Captain Mary Joe Fernandez will select the four players to represent the United States no later than ten days prior to the event. Poland is likely to be led by Agnieszka Radwanska, currently ranked No. 6 in the world.


This is the first time that Hawaii will host Fed Cup, becoming the 16th state to host this prestigious competition. Hawaii hosted Davis Cup, the men’s equivalent to Fed Cup, in Kohala Coast at the Mauna Lani Racquet Club in the 1992 World Group First Round, where the U.S. team of Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras swept Argentina, 5-0. Hawaii also hosts a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit men’s Challenger in mid-January in Maui and will be joined by a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s event that same week in Maui in 2016.


“We are thrilled to bring Fed Cup to Hawaii, as the USTA continues to grow the game of tennis in communities nationwide,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President. “Kailua Kona will create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere for Fed Cup and is a perfect location for our players. We look forward to Hawaii fans filling the stands and coming out to cheer Team USA to victory.”


The winner of this match advances to the World Group Playoff, held April 16-17, to compete for a spot in the 2017 World Group. The losing nation will play in the World Group II Playoff in April to remain in World Group II in 2017. The U.S. will compete in World Group II in 2016 for just the third time since the World Group format was instituted in 1995. (The U.S. also competed in the World Group II in 2012 and 2015; it has competed in the World Group all other years.)


The United States holds a 3-0 record over Poland in Fed Cup. The U.S. last faced Poland in the 1990 World Group First Round in Atlanta, sweeping the tie, 3-0. The U.S., who also faced Poland in 1974 and 1980, has never lost a point in Fed Cup to Poland. This will be the United States’ first home tie since 2014 in St. Louis, as the team competed on the road against Argentina and Italy this year.


Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 11. The USTA has partnered with the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section and the Hawaii Tourism Authority to bring this event to Kailua Kona, while the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay will be the host hotel.


“We are all excited about the opportunity to host the Fed Cup here in Hawaii,” said Ron Romano, USTA Hawaii Pacific Executive Director. “We look forward to extending our Aloha Spirit to the players and everyone involved so they have a memorable experience.”


“We are honored that Hawai‘i was selected to serve as the host site for the Fed Cup,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO. “Tennis is a globally popular sport and hosting this prestigious international event will elevate awareness of Hawaii as a premier sporting destination. We look forward to welcoming and sharing our Aloha spirit with players, fans and their families.”


The site selection is subject to final approval by the International Tennis Federation. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the World Group II First Round.


2015 USTA Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational Teams Announced; Invitational to be held Oct. 9-11 in Hilton Head Island


USTA Shield Logo(September 28, 2015) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., – The United States Tennis Association announced the 48 coed intramural and club tennis teams, representing colleges and universities throughout the country, have been selected to compete at the fifth annual USTA Tennis On Campus (TOC) Fall Invitational at Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The event, taking place Oct. 9-11, serves as the national kickoff for the Tennis On Campus season.


The winner and runner-up from the tournament will qualify for an automatic bid to compete for the national title at the 2016 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship, to be held April 14-16, 2016, in Cary, N.C.



Following the tournament, schools will continue to compete within the USTA’s 17 regional sections.


USTA Tennis On Campus is designed to increase recreational tennis participation and provide socially competitive coed team play for students on college campuses. The USTA Tennis On Campus program features more than 35,000 college students competing nationwide in intramural and intercollegiate coed club play using the World TeamTennis format.



Former USTA President David Haggerty Elected ITF President

January 12, 2012- CTDW Leadership - David A. Haggerty

January 12, 2012- CTDW Leadership – David A. Haggerty

From the ITF: (September 25, 2015) David Haggerty was elected ITF President at the ITF Annual General Meeting in Santiago, Chile on Friday. The 58-year old from the United States succeeds Francesco Ricci Bitti, whose 16-year term as ITF President ends today. Haggerty will serve a four-year term from 2015-19.


Haggerty was elected on the second ballot with 200 votes, over Anil Khanna (IND) with 192 votes. Rene Stammbach (SUI) and Juan Margets (ESP) were eliminated on the first ballot.


Haggerty is an experienced tennis administrator, having held a variety of roles within the United States Tennis Association (USTA) since 2001 and within the ITF since 2009. He served as Chairman, CEO and President of the USTA in 2013-14, and was a Vice President on the ITF Board of Directors in 2013-15. He is a former President of the Tennis Industry Association and a current board member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


Away from tennis administration, Haggerty had a 30-year career in the racket industry, and is a former Chairman of Head USA, President of Penn Racquet Sports, and President of Dunlop Maxfli Slazenger Sports.


Outgoing president Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “I would like to congratulate David Haggerty on his election as ITF President, and wish him all the best for the future. It has been my pleasure to serve as President for the last 16 years, and I am confident that under David’s leadership, the organisation can continue to grow with the support of the ITF staff and our 210 member nations.”


Baughman Wins Claremont Club Pro Classic

Baughman and McDonald by Steve Pratt

Baughman and McDonald photo by Steve Pratt

By Steve Pratt

CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 20, 2015) – Deiton Baughman wouldn’t admit that winning his third career USTA / ITF Pro Circuit title was any easier than the first two, but did express that he was glad Sunday’s $10,000 Futures singles title came with a lot less hours logged on court.


Baughman needed three sets to defeat Mackenzie McDonald on a hot Sunday, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, to win the 20th annual Claremont Club Pro Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures event that took place at the Claremont Club and was attended by USTA Pro Circuit Director Brian Earley, who recognized the event for 20 outstanding years.


Baughman, a 19-year-old pro from Carson, Calif., didn’t need to win a third set during his four wins and run to the final. Back in January on the clay in Sunrise, Fla., Baughman had to come back to win after losing the first set in his final four matches, and did the same in his final two matches to win his second Futures event ($15,000) in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina in June.


“It was kind of nice to have my second Pro Circuit title in the States come that way and not to have to play a three-set match till the final,” Baughman said after receiving the $1,440 first-place check and 17 valuable ATP points. “After I lost the first set I just had to remind myself mentally that I’ve been in this situation before this year and been able to get it back down a set and a break or whatever.”


After dropping the first set 6-2, Baughman played more aggressive and focused getting an early break for a 3-0 lead. But down 1-4, McDonald was able to hold and break to get back to 3-4 on serve but Baughman promptly broke right back for 5-3 and then served out the second set.


“I had four break points against me in the first two (service) games in the first set,” Baughman said. “He just outplayed me. I just told myself I’m not playing terrible, he’s playing great and all I can do is raise my level.”


Baughman began the third set with a huge break of serve and continued to serve well hitting a huge ace to win the eighth game and go up 5-3 after being down love-30.


McDonald said the service game was the key to the match. “I thought my serve kind of decreased as the match went on, and I started to think about that,” said McDonald, a 20-year-old UCLA junior from Piedmont, Calif., playing in his first Pro Circuit final. “I thought I played really good tennis this week. I was really happy with a lot of things I did. I got to play five matches and I just have to keep getting better. I’m going to keep working on my serve.”


Baughman concluded: “I don’t feel like we both played our best. I look at my match in the quarterfinals against Gonzales (Austin) and his match in the semis yesterday against Collin (Altamirano) and they were just 10 times as better as this. Sometimes you get that in a final.”


Sunday’s Final Singles Result:

Deiton Baughman, U.S. (2), def. Mackenzie McDonald, U.S., 2-6, 6-3, 6-3


Final Doubles Result:

Jean-Yves Aubone, U.S. / Gonzales Austin, U.S. (2), def. Junior Ore, U.S. / Hunter Nicholas, U.S. (1), 7-5, 3-6, 10-6

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Prize Money/Points – $10,000 Men


SINGLES:                   Prize Money                Points

Winner                         $1,440                         17

Runner-up                   $848                            9

Semifinalist                 $502                            5

Quarterfinalist             $292                            2

Round of 16                $172                            1

Round of 32                $104                            —


DOUBLES:                 Prize Money (per team)

Winner                         $620

Runner-up                   $360

Semifinalist                 $216

Quarterfinalist             $128

Round of 16                $0


Claremont Past Champions


Year    Winner                                    Runner-Up

2014    Dennis Nevolo                        Salvatore Caruso (ITA)

2013    Marcos Giron (USA)               Dennis Novikov (USA)

2012    Daniel Kosakowski (USA)      Prakash Amritraj (IND)

2011    Steve Johnson (USA)             Darian King (BAR)

2010    Gary Sacks (RSA)                 Devin Britton (USA)

2009    Matej Bocko (SVK)                 Bradley Klahn (USA)

2008    Tigran Martirosyan (ARM)      Adriano Biasella (ITA)

2007    Carsten Ball (AUS)                 Robert Yim (USA)

2006    Dudi Sela (ISR)                       Sascha Kloer (GER)

2005    Benedikt Dorsch (GER)         Tyler Cleveland (USA)

2004    Bobby Reynolds (USA)          Huntley Montgomery (USA)

2003    Glenn Weiner (USA)               Jimy Szmymanski (VEN)

2002    Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)         Raven Klaasen (RSA)

2001    Marq Foster (USA)                 Huntley Montgomery (USA)

2000    Geoff Abrams (USA)              Daniel Andersson (SWE)

1999    Ryan Wolters (USA)               Jordan Kerr (AUS)

1998    Ville Liukko (FIN)                    Michael Mather (USA)

1997    Ofer Sela (ISR)                       Daniele Bracciali (ITA)

1996    Glenn Weiner (USA)               Cecil Mamiit (PHI)



Year     Winner

2014    Jeff Dadamo (USA) – Dennis Nevolo (USA)

2013    Carsten Ball (AUS) – Daniel Garza (MEX)

2012    Devon Britton (USA) – Reid Carleton (USA)

2011    Alexandre Lacroix (FRA) – Sanam Singh (IND)

2010    Taylor Fogleman (USA) – Chris Kearney (USA)

2009    Brett Joelson (USA) – Ashwin Kumar (USA)

2008    Marcus Fugate (USA) – Nima Roshan (AUS)

2007    Nikita Kryvonos (USA) – Michael McClune (USA)

2006    Ryler DeHeart (USA) – Dennis Zivkovic (USA)

2005    K.C. Corkery (USA) – James Pade (USA)

2004    Nick Rainey (USA) – Brian Wilson (USA)

2003    K.C. Corkery (USA) – James Pade (USA)

2002    Chris Magyary (USA) – Mirko Pehar (USA)

2001    Sebastien Jaeger (GER) – Alexander Waske (GER)

2000    Levar Harper-Griffith (USA) – Robert Kendrick (USA)

1999    Mark Loughrin (USA) – Ryan Wolters (USA)

1998    Simon Larose (CAN) – Jocelyn Robichaud (CAN)

1997    Lars Hjarrand (NOR) – Ross Loel (USA)

1996    Sascha Bandermann (GER) – Glenn Weiner (USA)



UCLA’s Mackenzie McDonald Advances at the Claremont Club Pro Classic

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By Steve Pratt

(September 18, 2015)  CLAREMONT, Calif., – It was only six days ago that Mackenzie McDonald was being watched by hundreds of ardent fans at one of the most iconic venues in all of tennis as he won three matches and captured the second annual American Collegiate Invitational played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.


The Claremont Club is a long way from Flushing, Queens, in New York City, but McDonald’s winning ways continued regardless as the 20-year-old UCLA junior advanced to the semifinals of the Claremont Club Pro Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures event, on Friday.


The unseeded McDonald beat Pac-12 rival and tournament qualifier Tom Fawcett, 6-2, 6-4, to improve his career record to 4-0 against the Stanford sophomore. The two previous wins came at the No. 1 position during the past dual-match season with McDonald eking out a close 7-6 (6), 6-7 (6), 10-8 win in mid-April in a Stanford team victory, 4-2.


“We played twice last year during the college season and once before in a pro event,” said McDonald, who is currently taking three courses this quarter in Westwood. “I’ve had some success against him but it’s always a battle.”


McDonald will face 19-year-old University of Virginia sophomore Collin Altamirano in the second Saturday semifinal, not before 11:30 a.m. Altamirano had an easy time beating Mexico’s Daniel Garza, the No. 5 seed, 6-2, 6-0.


McDonald said Altamirano got the better of him in three sets at the Junior U.S. Open in 2013, the same year Altamirano won the Boys’ 18s Nationals at Kalamazoo, Mich.


McDonald chose not to enter the new ITA Oracle Masters event, a first-time event taking place at the Malibu Racquet Club this weekend and said pro events will be his focus this fall, and not college events.


“More pro tournaments, definitely,” said McDonald, who will do two more Futures in SoCal before heading up north to his hometown area and play the Challengers there.


In the other semifinal, the only remaining seeded player in singles, 19-year-old Deiton Baughman, will take on former Pepperdine All-American Sebastian Faneslow in the first match on at 10 a.m.


Just like McDonald, the player he beat in the final of the U.S. Open ACI also came into Claremont on a New York high as recent Vanderbilt graduate Gonzales Austin of Miami teamed with Jean-Yves Aubone to win the doubles title on Friday. The No. 2-seeded team beat the top-seeded team of Junior Ore and Hunter Nicholas, 7-5, 3-6, 10-6.


Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Results:

Mackenzie McDonald, U.S., def. Tom Fawcett, U.S. (q), 6-2, 6-4

Collin Altamirano, U.S., def. Daniel Garza, Mexico (5), 6-2, 6-0

Sebastian Faneslow, Germany, def. Ernesto Escobedo, U.S., 6-3, 7-5

Deiton Baughman, U.S. (2), def. Gonzales Austin, U.S., 6-3, 6-2


Friday’s Final Doubles Result:

Jean-Yves Aubone, U.S. / Gonzales Austin, U.S. (2), def. Junior Ore, U.S. / Hunter Nicholas, U.S. (1), 7-5, 3-6, 10-6


Claremont Club Pro Classic Quarterfinals will have SoCal Ties

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By Steve Pratt

CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 17, 2015) – There was a distinct Southern California feel in the air during Thursday’s play at the Claremont Club Pro Classic as four of the eight singles winners who moved into the quarterfinals have SoCal ties.


Carson’s Deiton Baughman, UCLA junior Mackenzie McDonald, West Covina’s Ernesto Escobedo and former Pepperdine star Sebastian Faneslow each recorded Round of 16 wins and moved on at the USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures tournament taking place at the Claremont Club.


The No. 2-seeded Baughman turned professional a year ago. He recorded his second consecutive straight-set win beating Northern California resident Farzin Amiri, 6-3, 6-4. Baughman is one of those players who can remember just about every junior opponent he’s faced, and sometimes even the score. “We played in the first round of the Easter Bowl a few years back and I beat him 1 and 6,” Baughman said. “So I knew a little bit of what to expect. I knew he’d fight.”


Both Baughman and Amiri are just 19 years old, and were two of six of the final 16 players who started the day that are age 19, with two others age 20.


Baughman, who was weighing a college scholarship to USC before he turned pro, said he hasn’t regretted his decision. “It did happen to me a lot last year, especially when I would lose early,” he admitted of having second thoughts about not going to college. “But you can’t base everything on one match. I’ve always wanted to go pro so I said, ‘Let’s just do it.’


Baughman made his decision while still age 17 about 18 months ago. He said young U.S. juniors who have turned pro like Tommy Paul, Reilly Opelka, Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz have at times come to him for advice on that big decision.


“I was training at the USTA and had a chance to spend time with some of those guys, and they would ask me about it,” he said. “At 17, I can afford to take a loss here or there, but it’s a lot tougher to do a 23 or 24. When you’re 17 or 18, the guys on the pro tour don’t have any respect for you, so you kind of learn to battle.”


He added: “I think guys like Tommy and Reilly and Frances made the decision on their own, but here I was 18 who had turned pro and they were looking at me. I had a good start to my year and they saw that. It was basically me, Jared (Donaldson), Ernesto (Escobedo) and Stefan (Kozlov) who were the only ones of note who had turned pro in the past five years. So now you have a group who just this year have decided to turn pro like Frances, Michael Mmoh, Tommy, Reilly, and now Taylor who turned pro, and it all happened right after me and Jared turned pro last year. I feel like being around those guys full-time like I was last year really influenced their decision. We now have a strong group of American teenagers who can put American tennis back on the map.”


McDonald also won in straight sets on Thursday, as did Escobedo. The 23-year-old former Pepperdine star Faneslow won the battle of Germany as he beat Azusa Pacific qualifier Jan Meyer, 6-3, 6-2. Faneslow enjoyed living in Malibu so much, he stuck around for an extra year to be the volunteer assistant coach in 2014.


In Friday’s doubles final, Jean-Yves Aubone and Gonzales Austin will face Junior Ore and Hunter Nicholas.


Thursday’s Round of 16 Singles Results:

Tom Fawcett, U.S. (q), def. Jean-Yves Aubone, U.S. (3), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Mackenzie McDonald, U.S., def. Hunter Nicholas, U.S., 7-5, 7-5

Sebastian Faneslow, Germany, def. Jan Meyer, Germany (q), 6-3, 6-2

Collin Altamirano, U.S., def. Martin Redlicki, U.S. (q), 6-4, 3-6, 6-0

Daniel Garza, Mexico (5), def. Junior Ore, U.S. (q), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Deiton Baughman, U.S. (2), def. Farzin Amiri, U.S., 6-3, 6-4

Gonzales Austin, U.S., def. Tyler Hochwalt, U.S., 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2

Ernesto Escobedo, U.S., def. David Wilczynski, U.S. (q), 6-3, 6-1


Thursday’s Semifinal Doubles Results:

Jean-Yves Aubone, U.S. / Gonzales Austin, U.S. (2), def. Sebastian Faneslow, Germany / Alejandro Moreno Figueroa, Mexico, 6-2, 3-6, 10-6

Junior Ore, U.S. / Hunter Nicholas, U.S. (1), def. Mackenzie McDonald, U.S. / Martin Redlicki, U.S. (4), 6-3, 6-4