CALABASAS, March 21, 2018
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 $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit 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.
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
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)