Last year’s singles finalists at the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas will both participate in the USTA $15,000 Pro Circuit Futures tournament taking place this week at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center.
Reigning NCAA singles champion Marcos Giron of Thousand Oaks, Calif., beat fellow Southern Californian Jason Jung of Torrance, Calif., in the 2014 Calabasas final in three sets, and both are entered in the main draw, which starts play on Tuesday.
Joining Giron and Jung in the tournament are recent BNP Paribas main draw player Dennis Novikov, formerly of UCLA, as well as another Bruin Nick Meister. Former USC stars Daniel Nguyen and Emilio Gomez will be part of the 32-player singles main draw, as will rising young American teenagers Taylor Fritz, Stefan Kozlov and Francis Tiafoe.
“This is one of the strongest fields we’ve ever had since we started doing the Futures tournament,” said tournament director Jeff Richards. “We hope our local Ventura County and San Fernando Valley tennis fans come out and support this great event.”
Qualifying matches began on Saturday and will continue through Monday. Former UCLA standout Clay Thompson won the Wild Card Tournament for a spot in the main draw, and the club awarded another to junior Keanu Ellen. Besides Fritz, the other USTA wild card is Tommy Paul. Calle Hansen, from the Westlake Tennis & Swim Club, and Quinn Borchard, from Sunset Hills Country Club, won the doubles Wild Card Tournament and are into the main draw.
A USPTA Coaches workshop with one or two of the Pro Circuit players and their coach will take place on Thursday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Adult Pro-Am drill is Friday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Community Tennis Association & USTA League appreciation night is Friday, March 27, starting at 6 p.m. A VIP sponsor dinner reception is also on Friday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A USTA Junior Team Tennis Kid’s Day with a Tennis Carnival is Saturday, March 28, from 1:30 p.m. till 3 p.m.
In addition to daily updates, Richards will be tweeting fun details and inside incidences during the tournament at http://twitter.com/calabasastennis.
During 13 years of USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas, the tournament has boasted a prestigious field of past champions like Michael Chang, Mark Philippoussis, Ivo Karlovic, Vince Spadea, Robert Kendrick, and Donald Young among others. A number of members of the U. S. Davis Cup team have played the Calabasas Challenger, including every member of the current Davis Cup team, Sam Querrey, John Isner, Donald Young and Mike & Bob Bryan.
The tournament has sponsorship opportunities available. For more information contact Jeff Richards at (818) 222-2782 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a schedule of events and other details, check out the official website at www.calabasasprotennis.com.
Past Calabasas finalists:
Year Singles Winner Singles Runner-up
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)