Southern California was represented last weekend at many levels, particularly on the doubles circuit. From a pair of resurgent brothers to talented pro futures, there was plenty to celebrate across the board with #TeamUSA.
At the top of the heap, Bob & Mike Bryan returned to the winner’s circle as US Open Series champions in Atlanta. Their 114th team championship, the Bryan Brothers notched their second win of the year with a straight set win, dropping only one set throughout the tournament.
Deiton Baughman (Carson), a 21-year old looking to jump back into the world top 1000, finished as a finalist in both singles and doubles at the USTA Pro Circuit in Champaign, IL. He has career high rankings in the 300s for both disciplines.
Daniel Nguyen (Long Beach) and Denis Kudla won the doubles title at Binghamton, NY, in a Pro Circuit Challenger event. Nguyen looks to bounce back inside the doubles top 500 after a stellar year in singles, where he ranks at #369.
Mackenzie McDonald (Los Angeles) reached the quarterfinals of the ATP Challenger in Granby, Canada.
At Sacramento for the USTA Pro Circuit event, Desirae Krawczyk (Rancho Mirage) was a doubles champion with teammate Guiliana Olmos after posting a strong 6-1, 6-2 victory. Krawczyk is ranked #283 in women’s world doubles, a career high.
Lorraine Guillermo (Walnut) reached the singles semifinals in Evansville, IN before posting a championship win in doubles alongside partner Madeleine Kobalt, 6-0, 6-3. It was Guillermo’s third career tandems title.
All eyes turn this week to Stanford and the US Open Series this week. Coco Vandeweghe, coming off an impressive turn with the San Diego Aviators of Mylan World TeamTennis last week, leads a field that includes Asia Muhammad (Long Beach), Kayla Day (Santa Barbara), Wimbledon Girls champion Claire Liu (Thousand Oaks), and Cici Bellis.
Former UCLA Bruin Robin Anderson plays this week in Lexington, KY on the USTA Pro Circuit, and Sabrina Santamaria (Los Angeles) heads to Finland for an ITF event.
In Washington D.C., Jared Donaldson (Irvine) and Steve Johnson (Redondo Beach) headline the SoCal contingent at the Citi Open ATP 500. Ernesto Escobedo (West Covina), Taylor Fritz (Palos Verdes), and Sam Querrey (Santa Monica) head to Los Cabos, Mexico along with Glendale’s Alex Sarkissian. Former USC standouts Daniel Nguyen (Long Beach) and Raymond Sarmiento (Fontana) both appear this week at the ATP Challenger in Lexington, KY.