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UCLA at the 2021 US Open: Day 2

Aug 30, 2021
Marcos Giron (Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)


Former UCLA men's tennis standout Marcos Giron added another win to his already-impressive 2021 ledger Monday, defeating Antoine Hoang of France in three sets at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The match came on the first day of US Open main-draw action.

Giron, whose ATP Tour singles ranking has climbed from 92 to 64 since April, is coming off a quarterfinal-round showing at the Winston-Salem Open last week. He has also logged wins at Wimbledon, Roland-Garros and the Tokyo Olympics this year.

Giron set the tone in his first set with Hoang, posting a break of serve on his first opportunity and eventually taking a 3-0 advantage. The second set saw its first break occur at 3-3, with Giron tipping the scales in his favor. In the back-and-forth third, Giron took five of the first six games before Hoang answered with the next four. Giron would close out the match by taking the final two games however, and the 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 victory.

Next up for Giron is a second-round date Wednesday with the 24th-seeded Dan Evans of the United Kingdom.

UCLA head men's tennis coach Billy Martin has three of his former pupils in the singles main draw, as Maxime Cressy and Mackenzie McDonald are slated to begin Tuesday. McDonald will meet No.-27 seed David Goffin of Belgium on Court 5 at 8 a.m. PT. Cressy is set to take on Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain on Court 4 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Giron, McDonald and Jean-Julien Rojer are in the doubles draw.

Jennifer Brady, who played for the UCLA women's tennis team, was forced to bow out of the singles tournament due to injury. Brady made an improbable run to the US Open singles semifinals in 2020. Bruin Ena Shibahara will participate in women's doubles action.