Pro Circuit Round-Up:
Aragone takes Calabasas title
Arthur Kapetanakis | March 26, 2018
As the Final Four of the NCAA men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournaments was taking shape, there was an all-American final four at the USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 Futures event in Calabasas, Calif., this weekend.
JC Aragone (pictured above, right) emerged from the pack at the Men’s Pro Championships of Calabasas, taking out five Americans in straight sets on the way to his first Pro Circuit trophy. The No. 7 seed did not face a seeded opponent until the final, when he defeated No. 4 Marcos Giron (above, left), 6-2, 6-4.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 22-year-old Aragone made his Grand Slam debut at the 2017 US Open, losing in straight sets to eventual finalist Kevin Anderson. Similar to Anderson, Aragone made an impact at the college level by helping his University of Virginia team to three consecutive NCAA team titles from 2015 to 2017 before graduating.ADVERTISEMENT
While the Calabasas title is his first at the USTA Pro Circuit or ITF level, he previously reached the singles final at two Futures events: in Tallahassee, Fla., as a qualifier in December 2016 and in Martos, Spain in June 2017.
Giron's path to the final was highlighted by a come-from-behind quarterfinal victory over No. 6 Correntin Denolly of France, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, one of two three-set wins on the week for the 24-year-old California native.
Tom Fawcett earned his semifinal spot by fighting past fifth-seeded Nicolaas Scholtz of Russia and top-seeded Mathias Bourgue of France in a pair of three-setters. The long matches took their toll on Fawcett, though, as he offered little resistance against Giron in a 6-2, 6-1 semifinal defeat.
Collin Altamirano, the fourth American semifinalist, played perhaps the match of the tournament in a 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 second-round victory over fellow American Martin Redlicki before ultimately falling to Aragone, his former college teammate, in the semis.
Rounding out the American effort in Calabasas, Deiton Baughman reached the singles quarterfinals, where he too was turned back by Aragone.
Here are results of other Americans competing on the ITF Circuit last week:
- Robert Galloway reached the singles quarterfinals and the doubles final with Anderson Reed at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Manama, Bahrain.
- Peter Kobelt was a singles quarterfinalist at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Tel Aviv, Israel.
- Twin Hunter and Yates Johnson won the doubles title at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Heraklion, Greece.
- Nadja Gilchrist reached the singles final, while Julia Elbaba was a singles quarterfinast at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuir event in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
- Amy Zhu was a singles quarterfinalist at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Nanjing, China.
- Jessica Ho made the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Hammamet, Tunisia.
- Chiara Scholl was a siingles quarterfinalist at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Le Havre, France.
- Dasha Ivanova and Madeleine Kobelt both reached the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Tel Aviv, Israel.
- David Wagner was a quad singles semifinalist at the ITF Super Series event in Baton Rouge, La.