Tuesday, June 28, 2022

And now.. Some Good UCLA Tennis News

Today three UCLA players (at least) advanced at Wimbledon into the 2nd round. Listed below, and at the bottom in their UCLA duds back in the day.


Makenzie Macdonald (Mackie)

My favorite, of course, is Mackenzie Macdonald. He is a short (for tennis) at only 5'10", so he is at a definite disadvantage. But he is a cute ass boy with Irish / Korean heritage (I assume Korean, might be Chinese, but he is cute enough to make me think Korean.

Today he was supposed to play Marin Cilic, but Cilic had to pull out due to Covid. So he played Nuno Borges, another Bruin!  That is cool.

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Bruin alum Maxim Cressy

But a much bigger story, and huge upset, was Bruin Maxim Cressy's win over Felix Auger-Aliassime, the 6th rated player in the world. Cressy has moved up in the ratings well, but is about 40 tennis player rankings below Felix.

Oddly the original language growing up for both men was French. Felix is a French Canadian and Cressy was raised in France, he has dual citizenship via one parent.

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Cutie Holger Rune (Norway) and Marcos Giron (UCLA Bruin and CA guy from Thousand Oaks)

The third Bruin is Marcos Giron. Yes, I am thrilled he won. But... at the same time he did beat hottie Holger Rune, Norway's best. And, shallow as it sounds, I did want to see Holger in his little Wimbledon whites. However upon investigation, Marcos is not slouch in the cutie department as well.

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Jenson Brooksby ( could not find a Wimbledon picture as of now).

Also, even thought he is not a Bruin, he is a Californian (Sacremento, so just barely). Jenson Brooksby has moved up the rankings quickly and it playing better and better. It helped that he has grown significantly taller than when I watched him 3 years ago at his first open.

It is great to see him do well.

Lots of good young Americans advancing.

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Mackie

Maxim

Marcos



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