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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Giron Wins Long Beach Futures; Black Reaches Quarterfinals at ITF G1 Traralgon; Nike International Underway with Gauff Top Girls Seed

Marcos Giron won his fifth Futures title today at the $25,000 tournament in Long Beach California, defeating University of Virginia junior Collin Altamirano 7-6(3), 6-1 in the final.  The 2014 NCAA champion while a junior at UCLA, Giron was recovering from surgery on both his hips at this time last year. Since returning to the Pro Circuit last fall, he has won two Futures titles, both in California and both by defeating current college players, with Cal's Andre Goransson of Sweden his opponent in the final of the Berkeley Futures.  Austin Krajicek and Jackson Withrow, the No. 2 seeds, won the doubles title earlier today. The two former Texas A&M Aggies defeated top seeds Luke Bambridge and Joe Salisbury(Memphis) of Great Britain 6-3, 3-6, 10-8.

For comments from Giron on his comeback, and from Withrow on his, see this article from press aide Steve Pratt.

At the $15,000 Futures in Plantation Florida, Roberto Cid of the Dominican Republic won his second career Pro Circuit title, defeating 16-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 6-0. There were 17 service breaks in the match, with the US Open boys champion broken 10 times.  Auger-Aliassime, who had been playing qualifying in next week's Futures in nearby Sunrise, gave a walkover to his third round qualifying opponent today.  The doubles title in Plantation went to unseeded Tomaslav Brkic of Bosnia and Nikola Cacic of Serbia, who beat unseeded Jaume Pla Malfeito and Miguel Semmler of Spain 4-6, 6-1, 10-3.

Qualifier Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine capped her week at the $25,000 Daytona Beach tournament with a second title, beating Ellie Halbauer 6-1, 6-2. It's her first title since she won the $50,000 tournament in Sacramento in the summer of 2015. The 2014 US Open girls finalist, who was out most of last year due to injury, won the doubles title yesterday with former UCLA star Robin Anderson.

American interest, at least in singles, is down to Hurricane Tyra Black at the ITF Grade 1 Loy Yang Traralgon tournament in Australia.  Black advanced to the quarterfinals this evening, beating unseeded Lisa Piccinetti of Italy 6-2, 6-4, but the other 11 Americans, even seeded players Trent Bryde, Taylor Johnson, Caty McNally and Natasha Subhash, were unable to advance past the second round.

The first round of the Tennis Europe 14-and-under Nike International in Bolton Great Britain was completed today, with the unseeded US players going 4-0. Aidan Mayo defeated British wild card Lui Maxted 6-1, 6-2 and Alexander Bernard beat British wild card Jack Batchelor by the same score.  All seeds had first round byes in the 64 draw, with the US seeds No. 7 Martin Damm and No. 4 Toby Kodat. The top seed in the boys draw is Derrick Chen of Great Britain.

In the girls draw, Junior Orange Bowl 12s champion Cori Gauff is the top seed, with Charlotte Owensby the No. 8 seed.  Elvina Kalieva defeated British qualifier Olivia Rook 7-5, 6-3 and Alexandra Yepifanova beat British wild card Leah Gonzales Edwards 6-1, 6-1.

Complete draws can be found at the TE tournament site.