Thursday, July 12, 2018

Qualifier Altamirano reaches 75K Winnetka quarters

   Qualifier Collin Altamirano of Sacramento surprised fifth-seeded Darian King of Barbados 7-5, 7-6 (2) on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the $75,000 A.C. Nielsen Pro Tennis Championship in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka, Ill.
   Altamirano, 22, had never won a main-draw singles match in a Challenger before this week. King won a $100,000 Challenger in Tiburon, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, in 2016.
   Altamirano, ranked No. 490, is scheduled to face unseeded Mitchell Krueger of Orlando, Fla., today. Krueger, ranked No. 220, beat JC Aragone, Altamirano's former teammate at the University of Virginia, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-0.
   Altamirano turned pro in June 2017 after his junior year, forgoing a chance to join Stanford's Paul Goldstein and USC's Steve Johnson as the only men to win four NCAA team titles.
   In 2013, Altamirano became the first unseeded player to win the USTA boys 18 title.

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