Ryan Shane defeats West Covina’s Ernesto Escobedo for first Pro Circuit title
Using an overpowering serve and a wicked backhand slice, Ryan Shane defeated Ernesto Escobedo, of West Covina, Sunday to claim the Costa Mesa Pro Championship.
Shane, who won the 2014-15 singles championship as a junior at the University of Virginia, defeated Escobedo, 19, 6-4, 6-3. It was Escobedo’s second loss in the finals of the Costa Mesa Pro Classic. Former UCLA player Haythem Abid beat Escobedo in 2013.
The United States Tennis Association’s Pro Circuit event is part of the developmental tour of the USTA. The free event is an opportunity to see the future of professional tennis today.
“I started off a little shaky,” said Shane, who is currently a senior at the University of Virginia majoring in foreign affairs. “It was my first pro-anything final and I was just trying to get the ball on the court, not trying to do anything flashy. And then I kind of loosened up and realized I had nothing to lose, so might as well swing for it, and it just kind of worked today.”
“He hits really, really big and I couldn’t get a good rhythm from the start,” said Escobedo. “He just came up on me and I couldn’t get a good pace. He could be a top-100 player very soon. He’s playing well.”
For Escobedo, who entered the tournament ranked 589th in the world, this was his third Pro Circuit Futures final of the year. He lost his previous two.
With the win, Shane earns 18 points toward his world ranking, which was 1,392 at the beginning of the tournament. Escobedo, who was ranked 589th, earns 10 points.
In the doubles championship Saturday, current UCLA Bruins Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki, outlasted current Florida State Seminole Benjamin Lock and former Seminole Jean Yves-Aubone, 602, 3-6[10-5].
The Pro Circuit tour now travels to Laguna Niguel, for a $10,000 event and to Tiburon, California, for a 100,000 Challenger. The main draw for each begins Sept. 29.
The host of the tournament, the Costa Mesa Tennis Center, is a year-round tennis center that offers instruction and practice. It is located at 880 Juniper Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 557-0211.