USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships Of Calabasas
Kicks Off With All 15 Singles Matches Completed
CALABASAS, Calif., — Former NCAA singles champion Marcos Giron, who grew up just 15 miles up the US 101 Highway in Thousand Oaks, came back to beat Australia’s Harry Bourchier during the first day of main-draw singles action on Tuesday at the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas.
The No. 4-seeded former UCLA Bruin Giron took the first set, 6-3, lost the second 6-2, before rallying to a third-set 6-2 win during the USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 Pro Futures event taking place at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center.
Amazingly, all 15 first-round singles matches on the schedule were completed on a day where rain was forecasted to begin around 4 p.m. But three-time NCAA team champion from the University of Virginia Collin Altamirano was still on the court just after 6:30 p.m., serving out a win over qualifier and former UC-Berkeley player Andre Goransson of Sweden, 6-2 6-3, before it began sprinkling with one match left to play. American qualifier Harrison Adams and France’s Lauren Lokoli were the final match on, and completed their match with Lokoli winning in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
“It was awesome and put a huge dent into our schedule by getting all 15 singles matches in today,” said tournament director Jeff Richards. “We know there is more rain forecasted, but we are prepared to play on more courts, and into the night US Open-style to get it all in.”
Brothers Martin and Michael Redlicki each won their fourth consecutive matches in Calabasas as the qualifiers each won straight-set matches.
The only singles match not on the first-day schedule was No. 7 seeded JC Aragone against fellow American Ulises Blanch, which will be contested on Wednesday, if there is a break in the forecasted rain, and all eight first-round doubles matches are also on the schedule.
The two local Calabasas wild cards fell on Tuesday as both had unlucky draws playing seeded players. High school junior Jacob Bullard had a solid first set against No. 5 seeded Nicolaas Scholtz of South Africa, eventually falling 7-5, 6-1. Bullard will play his college tennis at the University of Texas in Austin. Local Calabasas home-schooled sophomore and tournament wild card Bruno Krenn lost to No. 6-seeded Corentin Denolly of France, 6-0, 6-2.
French player Mathias Bourgue lived up to his top-seeded position with a straight-set win over Glendale’s Alexios Halebian, 6-3, 6-1. Currently ranked No. 240 in the ATP World Tour rankings, Bourgue received a wild card to advance to the singles main draw in the 2016 French Open, where he reached the second round, losing to world No. 2 Andy Murray in five sets.
Former Pepperdine All-American and NCAA Championship singles finalist Alex Sarkissian from Glendale is seeded No. 2, and made quick work of Georgia’s Trent Bryde, 6-1, 6-2.
Admission is free to the general public to see the matches until Thursday. Beginning on Friday, March 23 through the finals, Sunday, March 25, tickets to the matches are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 14. An Adult Pro-Am clinic will take place on Friday, March 23 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Community Tennis Association & USTA League appreciation night is Friday, March 23 starting at 6 p.m. The VIP sponsor dinner reception is Saturday, March 24 starting at 6 p.m. A USTA Net Generation Kid’s Day and Carnival is Saturday, March 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
For more information on the tournament, including draws and live scores, go to:
Tuesday’s First-Round Singles Scores
wc: wild card; q: qualifier
Marcos Giron, U.S. (4) def. Harry Bourchier, Australia, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Karue Sell, Brazil, def. Evan Song, U.S., 6-2, 6-1
Deiton Baughman, U.S., def. Nicholas Hu, U.S., 6-3, 6-1
Mathias Bourgue, France (1), def. Alexios Halebian, U.S., 6-3, 6-1
Tom Fawcett, U.S. (wc), def. Leny Mitjana, France, 6-1, 6-4
Ronnie Schneider, U.S., def. Federico Zeballos, Bolivia, 6-1, 6-3
Nicolaas Scholtz, South Africa (5), def. Jacob Bullard, U.S. (wc), 7-5, 6-1
Kaichi Uchida, Japan (3), def. Henry Craig, U.S. (q), 1-6, 3-6, 7-5
Ruan Roelofse, South Africa, def. Isaiah Strode, U.S. (q), 6-2, 6-4
Alex Sarkissian, U.S. (2), def. Trent Bryde, U.S. (q), 6-1, 6-2
Martin Redlicki (q), def. Lloyd Glasspool, Great Britain (8), 6-3, 6-2
Michael Redlicki, U.S. (q), def. Antoine Bellier, Switzerland, 6-1, 6-4
Corentin Denolly, France (6), def. Bruno Krenn, U.S. (wc), 6-0, 6-2
Collin Altamirano, U.S., def. Andre Goransson, Sweden (q), 6-2 6-3
Lauren Lokoli, France, def. Harrison Adams, U.S. (q), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
About the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas:
For the past 17 years Top Seed Tennis Academy and the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center have hosted USTA Pro tennis events. Adding to accomplishments of our distinguished alumni is Kevin Anderson, the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up and Sam Querrey, a 2017 Wimbledon semifinalist. Past Calabasas Champion, Tennys Sandgren reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open. All four Men’s Doubles finalists at the 2017 French Open have played the Calabasas Pro Tennis Championships. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, three out of the five players on the USA Men’s Olympic tennis team played in the Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas: Brian Baker, Steve Johnson, and Rajeev Ram, with Johnson winning the bronze medal in doubles and Rajeev Ram capturing the silver medal in mixed doubles. In addition, 20 2016 Olympic tennis players from around the world have participated in Calabasas Pro Tennis tournaments. Add previous Olympic Gold medalists, Mike & Bob Bryan and Chile’s Nicolas Massu to the growing list of Olympic medalists and you have one of the most decorated group of USTA Pro Circuit players ever assembled! Other past players include Grand Slam Champion Michael Chang, two-time Grand Slam finalist Mark Philippoussis, current U.S. Davis Cup players, John Isner, Donald Young, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Ryan Harrison, and Frances Tiafoe. The tournament has sponsorship opportunities available. For more information contact Jeff Richards at (818) 222-2782 or Jeff@topseed.us.
Past Calabasas finalists with year, winner and singles runner-up:
2017: Sebastian Fanselow (GER) def. Bradley Klahn (US)
2016: Matthew Barton (AUS) def. Henri Laaksonen (SUI)
2015: Dennis Novikov (US) def. Frances Tiafoe (US)
2014: Marcos Giron (US) def. Jason Jung (US)
2013: Sanam Singh (IND) def. Bradley Klahn (US)
2012: Tennys Sandgren (USA) def. Daniel Kosakowski (US)
2010: Marinko Matosevic (AUS) def. Ryan Sweeting (US)
2009: Donald Young (US) def. Michael Russell (US)
2008: Vince Spadea (US) def. Sam Warburg (US)
2007: Robert Kendrick (US) def. Donald Young (US)
2006: Mark Philippoussis (AUS) def. Amer Delic (US)
2005: Brian Vahaly (US) def. Denis Gremelmayr (GER)
2004: Ivo Karlovic (CRO) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr. (US)
2003: Jerome Golmard (FRA) def. Lars Burgsmuller (GER)
2002: Michael Chang (US) def. Cecil Mamiit (PHI)
2001: Andre Sa (BRA) def. Michael Russell (US)