PRO CIRCUIT ROUND-UP:
Eubanks reaches LA final
Sally Milano | January 8, 2018
Former Georgia Tech star Christopher Eubanks gave an impressive performance last week at the USC/Los Angeles $25,000 Tennis Tournament, advancing to the final of the first USTA Pro Circuit tournament of 2018.
Seeded fifth in the draw, Eubanks (pictured above) posted comeback wins in two of his first three matches, ousting American qualifier Sam Riffice, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, in the opening round and upsetting No. 1 seed Alexander Sarkissian, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-3, in the quarterfinals. He pulled out a 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-5 semifinal win over No. 6-seeded Kaichi Uchica of Japan, before falling in the final to Brazilian qualifier Karue Sell, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2.
Eubanks, who also reached the doubles semifinals in Los Angeles, captured the first pro singles title of his young career last June at the USTA Futures event in Winston-Salem, N.C. ADVERTISEMENT A month later, he advanced to his first ATP quarterfinal at the US Open Series event in Atlanta, defeating Taylor Fritz and Jared Donaldson in the first two rounds – the first ATP wins of his career – before falling to Ryan Harrison.
Eubanks is in his first full season as a pro. He played three years of college tennis at Georgia Tech, where he twice earned All America honors and was named the ACC Player of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. The 21-year-old Atlanta native was also the recipient of the USTA/ITA Sportsmanship Award in 2016, and he received the 2017 ITA Arthur Ashe, Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. He turned pro on Oct. 23, 2017.
Here are results of other Americans competing on the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Circuit last week:
- In addition to Eubanks and Sarkissian, Alex Rybakov and Alexander Lebedev also advanced to the quarterfinals in Los Angeles. Martin Redlicki won the doubles title at the tournament.
- Noah Rubin won the singles title, and Taylor Fritz finished runner-up at the ATP $75,000 Challenger in Noumea, New Calendonia.
- Evan King and Reilly Opelka reached the singles semifinals, and Tommy Paul and Mackenzie McDonald won the doubles title at the ATP $75,000 Challenger in Playford, Australia.
- Jack Murray was a quarterfinalist at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Hong Kong.
- Yuki Chiang won the doubles title at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Hong Kong.