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Altamirano claims US Open wild card with win at Kalamazoo

August 12, 2013 03:53 PM
By Sally Milano, USTA.com
It's one for the record books for Colin Altamirano. The 17-year-old from Yuba City, Calif., made history last week, when he became the first unseeded player in the 71-year history of the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., to win the boys' 18s singles title.

With the win, Altamirano earned a wild card to compete in the US Open men's singles main draw, which begins Aug. 26 in New York.

"I'm just happy to be there," Altamirano said. "I'm happy, I'm happy. I accomplished a goal, so it's good."

After a first-round bye, Altamirano posted comeback wins in his second- and third-round matches, and then he won his next four matches in straight sets, including a 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of top seed and current No. 1-ranked USTA Boys' 18s player Gage Brymer of Irvine, Calif. Altamirano captured the title by defeating No. 14 seed Jared Donaldson of Chepachet, R.I., 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, in the best-of-five-set final.

In the boys' 16s, No. 3 seed Tommy Paul of Boca Raton, Fla., claimed the championship, defeating No. 4 Jake DeVine, also of Boca Raton, 6-3, 6-1, in the final. With the victory, Paul earned a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships, which is taking place from Sept. 1-8 in New York.
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