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Giron Earns Spot on Team USA Roster for Olympics

Jul 1, 2021
(Photo: Regina Cortina)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Former UCLA men's tennis champion Marcos Giron was picked to represent the United States at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced Thursday.

Giron, who won the 2014 NCAA Championships singles title, is one of 12 team members. Joining him on the roster are men's players Austin Krajicek, Tommy Paul, Rajeev Ram, Tennys Sandgren and Frances Tiafoe, and a women's group made up of fellow Bruin Jennifer Brady, Coco Gauff, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Nicole Melichar, Jessica Pegula and Alison Riske.

Ariake Tennis Park will host men's and women's singles and men's, women's and mixed doubles tournaments, starting Saturday, July 24. Play will continue through Sunday, Aug. 1. Giron is set to make his first-career Olympic Games appearance in the singles field.

Giron has already had a standout 2021, as his Associated Tennis Professionals singles ranking climbed to a career-high No. 65 June 21. Building off a third-round appearance at Roland Garros – his personal-best showing in a Grand Slam – Giron continued his standout June with a trip to the singles quarterfinals at the Noventi Open in Halle, Germany. He made the field of the latter tournament as a qualifier. Giron is coming off a singles second-round showing at Wimbledon and reached the same stage at the 2020 US Open.

Giron completed his time at UCLA as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Player of the Year after, an honor that came after he won the season-ending individual tournament and reached No. 1 in the final singles rankings of the campaign. He received All-Conference recognition from the Pac-12 to cap each of his three seasons, including First-Team honors in 2013 and 2014. Giron racked up 92 total singles victories, including 35 in 2012-13.