UCLA’s Marcos Giron Continues Successful Rebound From Surgery
Singles quarterfinals and doubles final to be held today in Fountain Valley
Marcos Giron, the former top collegiate singles player at UCLA, continued his impressive run in Thursday’s second round of the Los Cab USTA Men’s Future’s event in Fountain Valley.
Giron, who has not played competitively since last November due to undergoing hip surgery, defeated fellow American Hunter Johnson in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. The eight-seeded Giron will face third-seeded Markos Kalovelonis from Russia in the quarterfinals Friday.
The other six players in the singles main draw to advance to the quarterfinals, which will be held Friday, included: top-seeded Carl Sunderland, of Sweden, who defeated Irvine teenager Evan Zhu; fourth-seeded Takanyi Garanganga, of Zimbabwe; sixth-seeded Sebastian Fanselow, of Germany; singles qualifier Alexi Popyrin, of Australia, unseeded Miomir Kecmanovic, of Serbia; and unseeded Alejandro Gomez, of Columbia, who up-ended second-seeded Jan Choinski, of Germany.
The most intriguing match-up will be between Giron, who has yet to lose a set thus far, and third-seeded Kalovelonis, who needed three tie-breakers in the first round against Argentina’s Federico Moreno, and who was taken to three sets Thursday by Argentina’s Taverna Rodriguez.
Along with the four single quarterfinals, the finals of the doubles will be held in the afternoon. Fanselow and Sebastian Bader, of Austria, will pair off American brothers Hunter and Yates Johnson.
Part of the developmental tour of the USTA, the free event, which ran for 18 years in Costa Mesa before moving to Fountain Valley this year, is an opportunity to see the future of professional tennis today.
The singles final is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2. That day will also feature a free junior play day for kids designed to introduce them to the game of tennis. It will run from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Last year’s event, which was held in Costa Mesa, was won by Ryan Shane, who won the 2014-15 singles championship as a junior at the University of Virginia. Shane defeated West Covina’s Ernesto Escobedo. Escobedo also lost in the finals against former UCLA player Haythem Abid in 2013. The doubles championship was won by a pair of UCLA Bruins, and Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki.
Other recent champions of the event include Steve Johnson, who won in 2011 and is currently ranked 22nd in the world, and Bradley Klahn, of Poway, who won the 2013 event and was ranked as high as 63rd until injuries set him back.
The Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports club is located at 17272 Newhope Street, In Fountain Valley. It is a comprehensive sports club, offering everything from swimming and volleyball courts, to personal fitness and group exercise classes. For more information, call (714) 546-8560, or visit www.loscab.com.