Former UCLA Player Advances At Los Cab Futures

Former Star UCLA Player Advances To Second Round Of Los Cab Futures

Marcos Giron and Irvine’s Evan Zhu among Thursday’s singles competitors

Marcos Giron, the former top collegiate singles player at UCLA, had no problem advancing to the second round of his first competitive event in nine months, defeating his opponent in straight shots in the Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures event in Fountain Valley.

Giron, seeded eighth, was one of five seeded players to advance on the second day of the main draw. Joining him were second-seeded Jan Choinski, of Germany, third-seeded Markos Kalovelonis, of Russia, fourth-seeded Takanyi Garanganga, of Zimbabwe, and sixth-seeded Sebastian Fanselow, of Germany. The only seeded player to lose Wednesday was Temur Ismailov, of Uzbekistan, who was beaten by Lucas Catarina, of Montenegro.


All five remaining top seeds will compete Thursday, along with top-seeded Carl Soderlund, of Sweden.

Giron, a Thousand Oaks native and former star player for UCLA, has not played since last November following hip surgery,  will face fellow American Hunter Johnson, who advanced to the main draw in singles qualifying, while Irvine’s Evan Zhu, who won a wildcard tournament, will play top-seeded Soderlund.

Also Wednesday, there were four doubles quarter-finals, including two upsets. The French duo of Maxime Cressy and Florent Diep rallied to knock out the fourth-seeded pair of Ismailov and Kalovelonis. They dropped the first set 4-6, but won the second, 6-1, and then pulled out the tie-breaker, 10-6.
The American duo of Nick Chappell and Shane Vissant also pulled off a tough upset, dispatching third-seeded Alejandro Gomez and Farris Fathi Gosea, 4-6, 6-4{10-8}.

The $10,000 event continues Thursday with eight singles matches and both

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 and doubles finals are 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.

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