Pro Circuit Round-up:
Altamirano wins first pro title
Sally Milano | January 15, 2018
Collin Altamirano, a three-time NCAA champion from the University of Virginia, captured the first pro singles title of his career last week at the Legends Long Beach $25,000 in Long Beach, Calif., defeating former USC star and qualifier Emilio Gomez of Equador, 6-1, 7-5, in the final.
Altamirano, who also reached the doubles final at the tournament, upset No. 2-seeded wild card Marcos Giron, 7-6, 6-3, in the opening round and No. 3 Kaichi Uchida of Japan, 6-3, 6-2, in the semifinals en route to the title. It was his second consecutive appearance in the Long Beach final, having finished runner-up to Giron in last year's tournament.
A 22-year-old native of Sacramento, Calif., Altamirano played for three years at UVA, where he helped lead the Cavaliers to three straight NCAA Team titles, from 2015-17. ADVERTISEMENT He won the Boys' 18s singles title at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 2013, becoming the first unseeded player in the then-71-year history of the tournament, and earned a wild card to compete in the US Open men's singles draw that year.
Other results from American players competing on the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Circuit last week include:
- In addition to Altamirano's performance in Long Beach, JC Aragone reached the singles semifinals, and Austin Krajicek and Alex Rybakov advanced to the singles quarterfinals. Alexander Lebedev finished runner-up in doubles.
- Strong Kirchheimer reached the singles semifinals, and Raleigh Smith and Jesse Witten advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 USTA Futures in Naples, Fla. Trent Bryde won the doubles title.
- James Cerretani captured the doubles title at the $50,000 Challenger in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Grace Min was a singles finalist, and Sophie Chang and Jessica Pegula were singles quarterfinalists at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Daytona Beach, Fla. Usue Arconada won the doubles title at the tournament.
- Salma Ewing reached the singles semifinals, and Lauren Marker and Caty McNally advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Martinique. Rasheeda McAdoo and Amy Zhu teamed to win the doubles title, and McNally also reached the doubles final there.