Tennis The Bruins abound at the U.S. Open, as past...

The Bruins abound at the U.S. Open, as past and current UCLA tennis players go to court


NEW YORK – The 2019 US Open contains a lot of brownish blue and gold.

Incoming UCLA women's tennis newcomer Abigail Forbes competes with former Bruins Jennifer Brady and Abigail Spears. UCLA men's tennis rising in Govind Nanda and rising junior Keegan Smith, as well as graduates Maxime Cressy, Marcos Giron and Jean-Julien Rojer are scheduled to compete on the men's side.

Forbes qualified for the U.S. Open by winning the doubles title of the USTA Billie Jean King Girls & # 39; 18 & # 39; s National Championships – held from 3rd-11th. August – with her partner Alexa Noel, a rising New Jersey high school senior. No. The 13-seeded Forbes and Noel beat both the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds en route to the title in the 128-team bracket.

With the win, the duo were automatically placed in the women's doubles as a wild card. Forbes is also likely to compete in the girls ’singles at the U.S. Open.

Nanda earned a place in the men's qualifying singles draw of the US Open through her play at the USTA Boys & # 39; 18 & # 39; s national championships in singles. As the No. 5 seed, Nanda advanced to the finals with four wins in three sets, including over No. 4 seed Cannon Kingsley, but fell to No. 6 Zachary Svajda in the best set of five sets of the title.

His running status secured Nanda the chance to play in a major draw in the men's singles, falling to Germany's Oscar Eight 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the first qualifying round. After her exit, Nanda is likely to play in the U.S. Open boys singles and doubles. Nanda finished second in the boys doubles at Wimbledon earlier this year with her partner from Canada, Liam Draxl.

Cressy, who graduated in 2019, also bowed out in the first round of men's qualifying singles, losing to Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 5-7, 1-6. Cressy received a wild card in the qualifying draw following his performances in several ATP Challenger Tour and ITF tournaments earlier this summer.

Cressy also received a wild card in the men's doubles draw – with Smith as her partner – after the two won the NCAA men's tennis doubles title in May 2019. The UCLA duo of candidates Gabby Andrews and Ayan Broomfield – who won the NCAA women's tennis doubles final in 2019 – did not get a wild card because the NCAA wildcards are reserved for American players and Broomfield is a Canadian citizen.

Robin Anderson, who played with the Bruins from 2011 to 2015, competed in the women's singles draw. After winning her first round matchup 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 over Xinyun Han, Anderson retired from the tournament before her second round faceoff with fellow American Nicole Gibbs.

Former Bruins Brady and Giron, who played from 2013 to 2015 and 2011 to 2014 respectively, both earned berths in their respective singles' main draw when the women's and men's draws were announced Friday.

Brady – ranked 67th in the world – begins his tournament against Belarus's Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Brady previously reached the round of 16 at the 2017 U.S. Open.

Giron, ranked No. 151 in singles, got a wild card in the singles' main draw and faces Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round. After several hip surgeries early in his professional career, Giron has been healthy since September 2016, working his way back into the top 200 after falling to No. 768.

Former UCLA players Rojer, who played from 1999-2002, Matkowski who played from 2000 to 2002, Spears playing in 1999, and Brady will compete in the doubles announced Sunday.

Rojer will come in at number 16 and play with longtime double partner Horia Tecau. The duo has won several Grand Slam titles together, including the US Open 2017.

Spears ranks as the 41st doubles player in the world on the women's side and has won 21 women's doubles titles. She has also advanced to three Grand Slam mixed doubles finals, including two at the US Open in 2013 and 2014, and a championship win at the Australian Open in 2017.

Former Bruin Mackenzie McDonald – who competed for UCLA from 2013 to 2016 – will be a guest TV commentator while out with an injury. McDonald had a knee surgery in June shortly after reaching a career-high ranking of No. 57 in the single in April.


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