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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 U.S. Open (4)

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."   

Friday
Sep062013

Sanchez Featured in NY Times

Agent Atleta client Maria Sanchez was quoted with a picture of her in a New York Times article that ran during the U.S. Open. The article focuses on professional players with Latin-American and/or Spanish-speaking ties.  Maria learned to play tennis at the age of 10 years old in Mexico, and speaks fluent Spanish as a second generation Mexican-American.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/28/sports/tennis/puigs-popularity-reflects-growing-hispanic-interest-in-tennis.html?_r=0

Monday
Nov122012

SANCHEZ REACHES ANOTHER FINAL AT $75,000 ITF

Maria Sanchez closed out her stellar rookie season on tour in strong fashion by reaching the final of the USTA Pro Circuit $75,000 Goldwater Women's Classic in Phoenix.  En route to the final, Sanchez defeated Wimbledon Junior Champion Eugenie Bouchard, and U.S. Open Junior Champion Samantha Crawford before taking out No. 1 seed and top 80 player Camila Giorgi in the semi-finals.  Sanchez finally succumbed to fellow American Madison Keys in the singles final, 6-3, 7-6.    

Monday
Jun042012

Falconi Signs With ASICS

ASICS SIGNS FORMER GEORGIA TECH STAR IRINA FALCONI

Irvine, CA (May 14, 2012) – Global sports brand ASICS has announced the signing of professional tennis player Irina Falconi to its burgeoning tennis division.  The deal will make ASICS the exclusive, worldwide apparel and footwear partner of the 22-year old American through 2013.

In her first full season on tour in 2011, Falconi attained a career high of No. 73 in the world and reached the third round of the U.S. Open.  In addition to upsetting No. 14th seeded Dominika Cibulkova in the second round, the result was notable because Falconi was raised in Manhattan and learned to play tennis on municipal New York City courts.

Falconi turned professional following her sophomore season at Georgia Tech, where was the national collegiate player of the year. 

Falconi, who trains and resides in Atlanta, GA, was born in Ecuador and speaks fluent Spanish.  She is currently the highest ranked South-American born player in the world. 

Away from the court, Falconi is renowned for her colorful player blogs.  She is currently a resident blogger on www.wta.com.  

Fans and media can also follow Falconi on Twitter at @irinafalconi.