Giron & Kozlov To Appear In Long Beach Tournament

Reigning NCAA Singles Champion Marcos Giron, World Top 3 ITF Junior Stefan Kozlov To Appear In Long Beach Tournament

Four-Time NCAA Champion From USC Daniel Nguyen Will Be Among Top Seeds at Long Beach USTA Pro Circuit $15,000 Futures Tournament Jan. 10-18

USTAProCircuit_4cMen’s professional tennis will take place in Long Beach as the USTA Pro Circuit $15,000 Futures Circuit makes a stop at the El Dorado Park Tennis Center Jan. 10-18.

Players with ATP World Tour rankings from the low 290s to 600 will compete for valuable ranking points and prize money in the 32-player singles and 16-player main draw doubles draws. Former USC star and four-time NCAA champion Daniel Nguyen is expected to be a seeded player coming in at No. 309 in the world. Also entered to play are reigning NCAA singles champion Marcos Giron (No. 375) formerly of UCLA and 16-year-old Stefan Kozlov (No. 467), who recently won the Boys’ 18s junior title at the Orange Bowl International Championship in Florida.

Qualifying for the Long Beach event will begin on Saturday, Jan. 10, with main-draw action to start on Tuesday, Jan. 13. The singles final will take place on Sunday, Jan. 18 and the doubles final will take place on Friday, Jan. 16.

The tournament director is Cathy Jacobson-Guzy, who was approached by USC men’s tennis coach Peter Smith to run the event after the USC coach was contacted by the USTA in hopes of placing a tournament in Los Angeles to start the year.

“We are so excited to be hosting this event,” said Jacobson-Guzy, who began teaching at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Long Beach in 1983. “We are honored and thrilled to be putting on such a prestigious event in the great city of Long Beach, which has a deep and rich history of tennis.”

Other top players entered next week include: former Michigan All-American and local from Torrance Jason Jung (No. 323), former UCLA standout Dennis Novikov (No. 291), and 2012 Wimbledon doubles winner Frederik Nielsen (No. 345),

Up and coming Americans set to play include: Mitchell Krueger, Ernesto Escobedo of West Covina, Calif., former Virginia All-American Mitchell Frank and former Pepperdine All-American and 2014 NCAA singles finalist Alex Sarkissian, from nearby Glendale, Calif.

For more information including draws and schedules, check out procircuit.usta.com.

A Kid’s Day is set for Saturday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m., and USTA League Captain’s Appreciation Day is Sunday, Jan. 18, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The tournament is open to the public and free.

“We expect a lot of good local pros to come out, as well as some of the area’s top collegiate and junior players,” Jacobson-Guzy said. “We are really going to try and do some different things and make it special for both the players and the fans who come out to watch.”

USTA Pro Circuit
With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 36 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. John Isner, Maria Sharapova, Sam Querrey, Sloane Stephens, Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

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