Eight singles qualifiers to be determined Monday
Current UCLA and USC stars advanced to the final round of singles qualifying Sunday at the Costa Mesa Pro Classic. Eight players Monday will advance to the main draw of The United States Tennis Association’s Pro Circuit event at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center, which begins Tuesday. Part of the developmental tour of the USTA, the free event is an opportunity to see the future of professional tennis today.
Unseeded Martin Redlicki, a sophomore at UCLA, upended top-seeded Keith Patrick Crowley to advance to the round of 16. He is joined by USC junior Connor Farren, who defeated Jake Douglas to advance. Other top seeds to advance included third-seeded Moez Echargui, of Tunisia, 12th seed Juan Rocha, of Argentina, and 14th seed Andrew Carter.
The qualifying finals begin at 10 a.m.
The eight winners of Monday’s last round of qualifiers will advance to the $10,000 main draw, which begins Tuesday. Marcus Giron, formerly of UCLA and a Thousand Oaks native, is the top seed. He is currently ranked 396th in the world. Other Americans in the main draw include Other Americans in the main draw include: Carson teen-ager Deighton Baughman (414),Jean-Yves Aubone (557) Wil Spencer (555), Ernesto Escobedo (589), of West Covina, who lost in the finals of the Costa Mesa event in 2013 and has advanced to four quarter-finals this year, former UCLA standout Clay Thompson, (599) and Mackenzie McDonald, a junior at UCLA (currently ranked 816th),
Top-seeded Giron, who won the NCAA singles title in 2014, has a history with the Costa Mesa Pro Classic, finishing in the semi-finals of the singles in 2013, while claiming the doubles titles with fellow Bruin McDonald, the same year.
The first wildcard event, which began Aug. 22, was won by Australian Ryan Agar. Miomis Keumanovic, of Croatia, earned the last wildcard entry slot by winning a shootout on Sept. 17.
The Costa Mesa Tennis Center, a year-round tennis center that offers instruction and practice, is located at 880 Juniper Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 557-0211.
A Facebook page about the event can be found by typing in Costa Mesa Pro Classic or visiting, https://www.facebook.com/events/161913780599117/