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Week of September 18, 2017

Irina Falconi @irinafalconi (USA): Captured $100k title in Tampico, Mexico!

Maria Sanchez @mariavs10 (USA): Reached final of $80k in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Deiton Baughman @deiton_baughman (USA): Competing at Tiburon Challenger $100k

Entries in BNP Paribas Open (5)

Wednesday
Mar152017

SANCHEZ SELECTED BY NY EMPIRE IN WTT DRAFT

Agent Atleta client Maria Sanchez was selected by the New York Empire World Team Tennis franchise in the 2017 WTT Draft, which took place March 14, 2017 on site at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA.  The Empire demonstrated their desire to select Sanchez by taking her with the team's second round pick.  

Sanchez is expected to primarily play women's doubles and mixed doubles for the Empire this season (July 16-Aug 2).  A veteran of World Team Tennis, Sanchez was the Rookie of the Year in 2012.  

The Empire previously announced that all home matches will be played on Court 17 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, home of the U.S. Open.

"I'm really excited to have been selected by the New York Empire in the WTT Draft," Sanchez said.  "I love New York City, and there are few venues in tennis that compare with the  USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  I can't wait to join my teammates this summer and experience the energy and atmosphere on Court 17 as we look to compete for a league championship."  

Sanchez will be joined on the Empire's roster by Eugenie Bouchard, Mardy Fish, John Isner, and Kirsten Flipkens.  Tennis Hall of Famer Gigi Fernandez will make her WTT debut as the coach of the Empire.  

Monday
Mar062017

FALCONI AWARDED WILD CARD AT BNP PARIBAS OPEN

Agent Atleta client Irina Falconi has been granted a main draw wild card at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open.  First-year Tournament Director Tommy Haas gave Falconi the nod, perhaps appreciating the difficulties of returning to action on the tour following a major injury.  

Falconi suffered a season-ending toe injury after the U.S. Open last fall, forcing the American to end her season prematurely.  Prior to the injury, Falconi had been enjoying a stellar season in which she reached a career-high ranking No. 63, and captured her first career WTA title in Bogota.  

Haas has reached legendary status for his ability to overcome severe injuries and return to top form, a feat he achieved on multiple occasions throughout his prolific career.

Despite missing the final three months of the 2017 Tour Calendar, Falconi managed to finish inside the Top 100 for the second consecutive year, the third such finish of her career.  

"I am grateful to Mr. Haas for the Wild Card," said Falconi.  "The BNP Paribas Open is easily one of the best events on tour, and I am elated to be able to compete in the main draw."   

Monday
Mar062017

SANCHEZ CAPTURES BNP PARIBAS CHALLENGE

Agent Atleta client Maria Sanchez captured the BNP Paribas Challenge, storming through a decidedly competitive field to earn a wild card into the qualifying draw at the prestigious BNP Paribas Open.  

Sanchez, who hails from nearby USC where she topped the college rankings, was riding a wave of momentum heading into the Challenge, having won 10 of her last 12 matches on the ITF Pro Circuit.  

In addition to competing in singles at the BNP Paribas Open, Sanchez is entered in the main draw doubles with Oksana Klashnikova.

Monday
Mar162015

FALCONI SELECTED NO. 1 IN WORLD TEAM TENNIS DRAFT

Agent Atleta client Irina Falconi has been selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 World Team Tennis Roster Draft by the Boston Lobsters.  Falconi, who is expected to break back into the top 100 following a second round appearance at the BNP Paribas Open, last played for the Boston Lobsters during the 2012 season.  

Lobsters head coach Jan-Michael Gambill, a former top 15 ATP player, was keen to add Falconi to help lead the franchise, which is under new ownership and management.      

Falconi will  be joined on the Lobsters squad by Eugenie Bouchard (Marquee selection), Scott Lipsky, Chase Buchanan, and Aranxta Parra Santonja.

The World Team Tennis regular season kicks off July 12.

Friday
Mar062015

AGENT ATLETA CLIENTS FALCONI, SANCHEZ AWARDED WILD CARDS AT BNP PARIBAS OPEN

Longstanding Agent Atleta clients Irina Falconi and Maria Sanchez, both former college No. 1's, respectively, have received wild cards for the upcoming BNP Paribas Open March 9-22.  

Sanchez, a California native, has been on a roll on the ITF Pro Circuit this season, reaching the semi-finals and finals of her last two events in the U.S.  Recognizing her upswing, Sanchez was rewarded by the tournament with a qualifying wild card and will begin play on Monday, March 9 in the desert.  

Falconi has seen her ranking jump approximately 50 spots in the last 6 months.  She recently reached the second round of the Australian Open after defeating former Top 25 player Kai Kanepi in the opener.  Falconi is knocking on the door of the Top 100 at her current ranking of No. 102.  Falconi will see action in the first round of the main draw at the BNP Paribas on March 11 or 12.