SoCal League Tennis

UCLA’s Redlicki Upsets Top Seed at Claremont Men’s Pro Futures

UCLA’s top player and reigning NCAA doubles champion Martin Redlicki upset the top-seeded player on Tuesday in first-round singles action at the 21st annual Claremont Club Pro Classic, a $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Futures Tournament.

Redlicki, who came back to beat No. 1 Jan Choinski of Germany, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 in singles, recently competed in the main draw of the US Open Men’s Doubles main draw with former Bruin teammate Mackenzie McDonald. The pair fell to the world’s top-ranked team and No. 1 seeds in New York at the year’s final Grand Slam, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut of France, 7-6 (8), 6-1, and had set points in their favor in the first set.

Later in the day on Tuesday in Claremont, Redlicki and his doubles partner, American Hunter Callahan, beat the wild-card team of Stefan Gordy and Chris Wettengel, 6-1, 6-1, to advance to the Round of 16.


Stefan Gordy, aka Redfoo, smashes away a volley. Credit: Rich Herrera / Claremont Club

Chair umpire for the match John Bramlett announced the teams as, “Chris Wettengel and Stefan Gordy, aka Redfoo!” Redfoo of course is the tennis-loving founding member of the musical group LMFAO, which has had such hits as “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It.”

“I think that was the best win of my year,” said Redlicki after his singles victory. “I had to battle back and was down 1-3 and 5-6 with him serving in the second set. Nothing against his play, but seriously in the first set I could not hit a ball into play.”

Redlicki is a former US Open Junior Boys doubles champ and reigning NCAA doubles champion, but enjoyed his time on the court with Redfoo as the two exchanged numbers after the match and said they would enjoy a future hit as they live nearby each other.

Redfoo served well in the doubles match, acing Redlicki once and winning his serve to open the first set for a 1-0 lead. “Yeah, the serve was my big shot tonight, for sure,” Redfoo said after the match. “And then my forehand. I know I need to improve, and this just inspires me to work hard and get better.

He added: “I’m just excited to be here, and want to thank tournament director Barry (Friedman) for the opportunity. I love the Claremont Club and want to live on these courts and play here every day. It’s a great club and I just love it here.”

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Tuesday’s First-Round Singles Results

Taverna Santiago, Argentina, def. Luis Patino, Mexico (7), 6-4, 6-1

Gustav Hansson, Sweden (q), def. Shahin Khaledan, Iran, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2

Alexios Halebian, U.S. (5), def. Hendrik Jebens, Germany (q), 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2

Martin Redlicki, U.S. (wc), def. Jan Choinski, Germany (1), 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4

Patrick Daciek, U.S., def. Fernando Yamacita, Brazil, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-3

Ty Trombetta, U.S., def. Hunter Callahan, U.S., 6-2, 6-4

Tuesday’s First-round Doubles Results

Max Cressy, France, Romain Sichez, France, def. Keanu Ellen, U.S./ Jan-Michael Gambill, U.S. (wc), 4-6, 6-4, 10-5

Sebastian Bader, Austria/Sebastian Fanselow, Germany (2) def. Skyler Butts, Hong Kong/ Connor Hudson, U.S. (wc), 7-6 (0), 6-2

Alexios Halebian, U.S./Luis Patino, Mexico (1) def. Alexei Popyrin, Australia/Anthony Popyrin, 6-0, 6-4

Alan Kohen, Argentina/ Taverna Santiago, Argentina, def. Federico Bertucci, Argentina/Federico Moreno, Argentina, 7-5, 7-5

Hunter Callahan, U.S./Martin Redlicki, U.S., def. Stefan Gordy, U.S./Chris Wettengel, U.S. (wc), 6-1, 6-1

Lucas Catarina, Monaco/Florent Diep, France, def. Jan Choinski, Germany/Elmar Ejupovic, Germany, 6-3, 5-7, 16-14

Alex Blumenberg, Brazil/Patrick Daciek, U.S., def. Milen Ianakiev, Germany/Alejandro Figueroa, Mexico (3), 6-3, 4-6, 10-8

Gary Kushnirovich, U.S./Isaiah Strode, U.S. def. Marcelo Tebet Filho, Brazil (4) / Fernando Yamacita, Brazil (4), 6-7 (6), 7-5, 10-3

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