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  TOURNAMENT NOTES
           • Also captured the ATP Challenger doubles title in Playford, Australia, this year.
• Served as a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team in the quarterfinal tie against Croatia in Portland, Ore., in July 2016.
• Trains at the new USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.
Noah Rubin, 22, Long Island City, N.Y.
• Winner of the USTA’s Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge after winning the $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit men’s Challenger in Tallahassee, Fla.; Fell to John Isner in the first round at the French Open.
• Qualified for the main draw of the BB&T Atlanta Open, beat Thanasi Kokkinakis in the first round before falling to Nick Kyrgios in the second.
• This January, won the singles title at the ATP Challenger in New Caledonia.
• Qualified for the 2017 Australian Open and won his first-round match; faced Roger Federer in the second round. Also advanced to the semifinals of the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Cary, N.C., this September.
• Earned a spot in the main draw of the 2016 Australian Open for the first time after clinching the USTA Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge; advanced to the second round in Melbourne with a first-round upset of No. 17 Benoit Paire. His only other Grand Slam main-draw appearance to date came in 2014, when he earned a wild card into the US Open as the USTA Boys’ 18s national singles champion.
• Completed a standout freshman campaign at Wake Forest in May 2015, advancing to the NCAA singles final; became the first player in ACC men’s tennis history to earn ACC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors in one season, as well as the first ACC men’s tennis Player of the Year in Wake Forest men’s tennis history; was also named the ITA Rookie of the Year and earned All-America honors.
• As a junior, won the 2014 Wimbledon boys’ title.
• Protégé of John McEnroe’s; Grew up training at his academy in Randall’s Island, N.Y.
Notable Americans competing in Qualifying:
Stefan Kozlov, 20, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
• In 2017, competed in qualifying at all four Grand Slam events and won seventh USTA Pro Circuit/ITF Pro Circuit singles title
in October at the ATP Challenger in Las Vegas. Also reached the quarterfinals or better at five additional Challengers.
• Won the first three USTA Pro Circuit singles titles of his career in 2016 ($25,000 Futures events in Los Angeles and Little Rock, Ark., $75,000 Challenger in Columbus, Ohio).
• In June 2016, earned a wild card into the ATP event in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and reached the third round.
• In late 2014, reached the final of the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Sacramento, Calif., losing to former Top 20 player Sam Querrey. In advancing to the Sacramento final at age 16, became the youngest American to reach a Challenger final since Andre Agassi in 1986.
• A junior standout, peaked at No. 2 in the world junior rankings in 2014, when he reached the junior boys’ finals at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open, as well as the quarterfinals of the junior US Open and French Open. At the All England Club, fell to 2014 USTA Boys’ 18s national champion Noah Rubin in the first all-American Wimbledon boys’ final since 1977.
• In 2015, served as a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup Team in Glasgow, Scotland.
JC Aragone, 23, Yorba Linda, Calif.
• Won his first career pro titles in 2018: two singles titles, at the USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 Futures in Calabasas, Calif., and the ITF Pro Circuit $25,000 event in Kelowna, Canada; and one doubles title, at a $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Collegiate Series event in Winston-Salem, N.C.
• Graduated in May 2017 from the University of Virginia, where he was a part of three NCAA title-winning teams and clinched the victory for UVa in the title match last year.
• Won 37 singles matches for Virginia in his senior season, a career- best and team-high.
• Won three matches to qualify for the 2017 US Open; Also competed in the 2017 American Collegiate Invitational, a tournament for college players during the US Open.
• Competes with an insulin pump at a Type I diabetic.
Alexander Sarkissian, 28, Glendale, Calif.
• Finished runner-up at the 2014 NCAA singles championships as a redshirt sophomore at Pepperdine; became only the third player in school history to reach the NCAA singles final; also advanced to the NCAA doubles quarterfinals.
• With collegiate success, received All-America honors in both singles and doubles.
• Overall, holds six USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Pro Circuit singles titles, including two titles in Canada and China in 2017, and one doubles title.
• Competed in Australian Open qualifying this year.
Collin Altamirano, 22, Sacramento, Calif.
• Rose to a career-high No. 384 after reaching the semifinals of the USTA Pro Circuit $75,000 Challenger in Winnetka, Ill., and $25,000 Futures in Iowa City, Iowa, in recent weeks.
• Played for three years at the University of Virginia, turning pro following last season.
• Has been a part of three consecutive NCAA-championship winning teams (2015-17).
• Was named All-ACC Second Team during sophomore and junior year.
• Captured first career USTA Pro Circuit singles title earlier this year at the $25,000 Futures in Long Beach, Calif., while also reaching the final.
• Holds one USTA Pro Circuit doubles title in 2014 in Boynton Beach, Fla.
• In 2013, won the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships to earn a wild card into the 2013 US Open. Was the youngest player in the main draw that year at age 17.
• Also as a junior player, reached the singles quarterfinals of the 2013 junior US Open.
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, 23, Charlotte
• Won his third and fourth pro singles titles recently at hard-court
Futures events in Singapore and Canada.
• Graduated in May 2017 from the University of Virginia, where he won the 2017 NCAA singles title and was a three-time All-American.
*Player field subject to change
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