Sunday, January 3, 2021

NorCal's Brooksby to make pro debut in UTR $25K

Jenson Brooksby, 20, is scheduled to face fellow Califor-
nian Alex Sarkissian, 30, in Newport Beach, Calif. 2018
photo by Paul Bauman 
   Jenson Brooksby is scheduled to make his professional debut on Monday in the $25,000 UTR Pro Tennis Series in Newport Beach, Calif.
   The 20-year-old resident of Carmichael, Calif., in the Sacramento area is set to face Alex Sarkissian, 30, of Glendale in the Los Angeles region for the first time in a round-robin opener at 9 a.m. PST. 
   Brooksby won the 2018 USTA National Boys 18 title in Kalamazoo, Mich., and reached the second round of the 2019 U.S. Open as a qualifier, shocking 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych.
   Sarkissian is ranked No. 432 after climbing to a career-high No. 157 in 2016. The former Pepperdine star fell to Marcos Giron of UCLA in the 2014 NCAA singles final.
   In round-robin matches today:
   —Brandon Holt, the son of International Tennis Hall of Famer Tracy Austin, defeated Timothy Sah, a Stanford senior from San Diego, 6-4, 6-1.
   —Keenan Mayo, a Loyola Marymount junior from Roseville in the Sacramento area, routed Sebastian Gorzny, a high school junior from the Los Angeles suburb of Fountain Valley, 6-1, 6-1.
   —Tristan Boyer, a Stanford freshman from Altadena in the L.A. region, outplayed Eric Hadigian, a Gonzaga sophomore from Sacramento, 6-2, 6-4.
   —Spencer Johnson, a UCLA signee from Ladera in the San Francisco Bay Area, beat Alec Adamson, a former UC Davis star from Corona Del Mar near Newport Beach, 6-3, 7-5.
   Karl Lee, a UCLA signee from Sacramento, and Luke Casper, a Texas A&M signee from Santa Cruz, Calif., won in the lone round of qualifying. 
   Casper is scheduled to play Ethan Quinn, a high school junior from Fresno, Calif. Quinn won the Orange Bowl 16 doubles title with Nicholas Godsick of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, last month.
   Godsick's mother, ESPN commentator Mary Joe Fernandez, reached the top five in singles and doubles, and his father, Tony Godsick, is Roger Federer's agent.
   Aidan Mayo, a high school senior and Keenan's brother, is set to face Nicolas Barrientos, a 33-year-old Colombian who reached a career-high No. 71 in 2014.

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