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Four Southern Californians alive at Costa Mesa Classic

pro circuitFour Southern Californians alive, including seeded players Daniel Kosakowski, Jason Jung and Nicolas Meister

Downey’s Daniel Kosakowski continued his impressive run Thursday in the $10,000 Costa Mesa pro classic Thursday. The second seed easily dispatched Ryan Thacher, of Studio City,in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals, which will be played Friday.

Southern California locals joining him in singles play include eighth seeded Jason Jung, of Torrance, and UCLA men’s tennis player Marcos Giron, of Thousand Oaks.

Kosakowski and doubles partner AlexiosHalebian, of Glendale, also advanced to the doubles semi-finals, along with Thacher and Trabuco Canyon’s Nicholas Meister, the third-seeded doubles team.Meister won the doubles championship at March’s Costa Mesa Pro Classic.

In other singles action, Illinois native Dennis Nevolo, ranked 829st in the world, up-ended the tournament’s top seed, Great Britain’s Alex Bogdanovic, while former USC player Daniel Nguyen defeated Meister, the sixth-seeded singles player.  Of the event’s top eight seeds, five remain, including Jung, who defeated Leo Rosenberg.

The top three doubles teams remain alive.

Play will continue daily through the event’s last day, Sunday. Sept. 23.

The Costa Mesa Tennis Center, a year-round tennis center that offers instruction and practice, is located at 880 Juniper Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 557-2011.The event is free and families are welcome to attend

With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway for the U.S. Open and tour-level competition for aspiring players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 33 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nation-wide. Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki, James Blake, Li Na, Andy Murray and Mardy Fish are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

Costa Mesa Pro Classic
A USTA Pro Circuit Event
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012
Costa Mesa Tennis Center
Costa Mesa, Calif.
Purse: $10,000
Surface: Hard-outdoor

Thursday’s March 22—RESULTS
Singles – Second round
Dennis Nevolo, United States, def. Alex Bogdanovic (1), Great Britain, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2.
Jason Jung (8), United States, def. Leo Rosenberg, United States, 7-6(5), 6-1.
Marcos Giron, United States, def. PrakashAmritaj, India, 6-3, 6-4.
Jeff Dadamo,  United States, def.SahrTimothy Kpulun, 6-0, 6-3.
Dennis Lajola, United States, def. Axel Alvarez-Llamas, Spain, 6-4, 7-6(4)
Devin Britton (3), United States, def. AlexosHalebian, United States, 6-4, 6-2.
Daniel Nguyen, United States, def. Nicolas Meister (6), United States, 6-4, 6-4.
Daniel Kosakowski (2), United States, def. Ryan Thacher, United States, 6-0, 6-3.

Doubles—Second round
Devin Britton and Jeff Dadamo (1), United States, def. Connor Farren and Chris Wettengel, Unied States, 6-4, 3-6 (10-8).
Nicholas John Andrews and Dennis Nevolo, United States, def. Reid Carleton and Dennis Lajola (4), United States,  6-4, 6-2.
Nicolas Meister and Ryan Thacher (3), United States, def. Denny Fafek and Xavier Smith, United States, 6-3, 7-5/
Daniel Kosakowski and AlexiosHalebian, United States, def. Dennis McKritchian and Clay Thompson, United States, 6-3, 6-3.

Friday March 20—Schedule

Court 2 – starting at 10 a.m.
Marcos Giron vs. Jeff Dadamo, followed by
Daniel Nguyen vs. Daniel Kosakowskifollowed by
Devin Britton and Jeff Dadamo vs. Nicholas John Andrews and Dennis Nevolo

Court 4 – starting at 10 a.m.
Dennis Lajola vs. Devin Britton, followed by
Dennis Nevolo vs. Jason Jung, followed by
Nicolas Meister and Ryan Thacher vs. AlexiosHalebian and Daniel Kosakowski.


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