Pro Classic brings top tennis talent to Claremont Tuesday
The Claremont USTA Pro Classic will celebrate its 22nd year, and once again will feature some of the rising stars in pro tennis.
The first of three consecutive $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit hard-court men’s events held in Southern California following the US Open, the Pro Classic is run by tournament director Barry Friedman and USTA Tour Supervisor Peter Kasavage.
Qualifying concludes on Monday, September 11, with main draw singles and doubles matches starting on Tuesday. The doubles final is scheduled for Friday, the singles semifinals Saturday and the final on Sunday, September 17.
The top-seeded player is Australian Chris O’Connell, who is ranked No. 306 in the ATP World Tour rankings. O’Connell grew up on the Northern beaches of Sydney and reached a career-high world ranking of No. 219 earlier this year. The 23-year-old has made close to $100,000 in prize money during his pro career.
Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe will be the No. 2 seeded player. A member of the Zimbabwean Davis Cup team, Lock won his first ITF Pro Circuit singles title in Mozambique in 2015. In November 2014, Lock has won his first doubles title on ITF Men's Circuit, playing alongside 2015 Claremont doubles champion Jean-Yves Aubone in Niceville, Florida.
Las Vegas resident Evan Song is 25-years-old and comes in as the No. 3 seed. Just ranked outside the world top 500, Song is a solid baseliner who has been active on the USTA Pro Circuit Futures stage the past several years. American Hunter Callahan comes in as the No. 6 seeded player. The Pennsylvania native played his college tennis for Ohio State. No. 7 seeded Martin Redlicki is currently a UCLA senior.
Last year at this tournament, the wild card Redlicki played a fourth consecutive three-setter, but fell in his semifinal match to the No. 4-seed and eventual champion from Germany, Sebastian Fanselow, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4), in one of the best matches of the tournament.
Already granted entry into the main draw of singles by way of winning the Claremont Club Wild Card Tournament are Henry Craig or Murrieta and Alberto Lim of South Pasadena.
The 2015 champion Deiton Baughman is also seeded and on the comeback trail after spending a year as an assistant coach under Peter Smith at USC.
In qualifying SoCal players Logan Smith (USC), Keegan Smith (UCLA), Henry Craig (2017 Ojai Open champ) and Austin Rapp (UCLA) are all entered.
For more information, check on the web at:www.procircuit.usta.com, www.claremontclub.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Claremont-Club/236147226396
Claremont Past Champions
Year Winner Runner-Up
2016 Sebastian Fanselow Evan Zhu
2015 Deiton Baughman Mackie McDonald
2014 Dennis Nevolo Salvatore Caruso (ITA)
2013 Marcos Giron (USA) Dennis Novikov (USA)
2012 Daniel Kosakowski (USA) Prakash Amritraj (IND)
2011 Steve Johnson (USA) Darian King (BAR)
2010 Gary Sacks (RSA) Devin Britton (USA)
2009 Matej Bocko (SVK) Bradley Klahn (USA)
2008 Tigran Martirosyan (ARM) Adriano Biasella (ITA)
2007 Carsten Ball (AUS) Robert Yim (USA)
2006 Dudi Sela (ISR) Sascha Kloer (GER)
2005 Benedikt Dorsch (GER) Tyler Cleveland (USA)
2004 Bobby Reynolds (USA) Huntley Montgomery (USA)
2003 Glenn Weiner (USA) Jimy Szmymanski (VEN)
2002 Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) Raven Klaasen (RSA)
2001 Marq Foster (USA) Huntley Montgomery (USA)
2000 Geoff Abrams (USA) Daniel Andersson (SWE)
1999 Ryan Wolters (USA) Jordan Kerr (AUS)
1998 Ville Liukko (FIN) Michael Mather (USA)
1997 Ofer Sela (ISR) Daniele Bracciali (ITA)
1996 Glenn Weiner (USA) Cecil Mamiit (PHI)
2016 Alexios Halebian (USA) – Luis Patino, Mexico
2015 Jean-Yves Aubone (USA) – Gonzales Austin (USA)
2014 Jeff Dadamo (USA) – Dennis Nevolo (USA)
2013 Carsten Ball (AUS) – Daniel Garza (MEX)
2012 Devon Britton (USA) – Reid Carleton (USA)
2011 Alexandre Lacroix (FRA) – Sanam Singh (IND)
2010 Taylor Fogleman (USA) – Chris Kearney (USA)
2009 Brett Joelson (USA) – Ashwin Kumar (USA)
2008 Marcus Fugate (USA) – Nima Roshan (AUS)
2007 Nikita Kryvonos (USA) – Michael McClune (USA)
2006 Ryler DeHeart (USA) – Dennis Zivkovic (USA)
2005 K.C. Corkery (USA) – James Pade (USA)
2004 Nick Rainey (USA) – Brian Wilson (USA)
2003 K.C. Corkery (USA) – James Pade (USA)
2002 Chris Magyary (USA) – Mirko Pehar (USA)
2001 Sebastien Jaeger (GER) – Alexander Waske (GER)
2000 Levar Harper-Griffith (USA) – Robert Kendrick (USA)
1999 Mark Loughrin (USA) – Ryan Wolters (USA)
1998 Simon Larose (CAN) – Jocelyn Robichaud (CAN)
1997 Lars Hjarrand (NOR) – Ross Loel (USA)
1996 Sascha Bandermann (GER) – Glenn Weiner (USA)