Pro Circuit Round-up:
Bangoura claims Boston title
Arthur Kapetanakis | August 20, 2018
There was just one USTA Pro Circuit event on the calendar last week, but there was no shortage of American title winners, as Team USA swept both the singles and doubles crowns at the $25,000 Futures event in Boston.
Sekou Bangoura won the singles title, while former UCLA Bruin teammates Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu claimed the doubles trophy.
Seeded third in the singles draw, Bangoura took out the top two seeds on his way to his third Futures title of 2018. The native of Bradenton, Fla., defeated No. 2 Andrew Harris, of Australia, in a three-set semifinal before getting past top-seeded Frenchman Antoine Hoang in the championship match.
The 26-year-old, who was a doubles all-American at the University of Florida for the 2010-11 season, dropped just one set in five Boston matches. A former junior American No. ADVERTISEMENT 1, Bangoura has competed in singles qualifying at both the US Open and Australian Open. His lone Grand Slam main-draw appearance came in the doubles event at the 2010 US Open, when he received a wild card to compete with American Nathan Pasha.
American Strong Kirchheimer fell to Bangoura in the quarterfinals, while Vasil Kirkov and Zhu also reached the event’s last eight.
Zhu had more success in the doubles event, teaming with Redlicki to defeat Felix Corwin and Paul Oosterbaan in an all-American final. Redlicki and Zhu, the 2018 NCAA doubles champs, edged out their compatriots, 7-5, 6-7, [10-1], for the title. It was the only time they were pushed to three sets in the tournament.
Other notable results from Americans on the ITF Pro Circuit include:
- JC Aragone was a singles quarterfinalist at the $100,000 ATP Challenger event in Vancouver, B.C.
- Maksim Tikhomirov reached the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Novi Sad, Serbia.
- Mousheg Hovhannisyan was a singles quarterfinalist at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Gimcheon, Korea.
- Conor Berg was a doubles champion at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Minsk, Belarus.
- Desirae Krawczyk was a doubles champion at the $100,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Vancouver, B.C.