Trojans Move On In USTA Pro Circuit Futures Action At USC

    Eric Johnson advances to the second round of action at this USTA Pro Circuit event at USC.
    Jan. 6, 2015

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- Members of the USC men's tennis team are showing their strength at the next level in competition at a USTA Pro Circuit Futures event being held at USC's Marks Stadium this week. Action continues tomorrow (Jan. 7) with the remainder of second-round singles taking place, highlighted by 10 a.m. matches for Trojan seniors Yannick Hanfmann and Jonny Wang.

    In doubles action, USC seniors Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz delivered a 6-4, 6-0 first-round victory over a familiar pairing of USC's Nick Crystal and Thibault Forget. Hanfmann and Quiroz have hence earned themselves a spot in tomorrow's quarterfinal round against top-seeded James Cluskey and Frederik Nielson in a match to take place not before 3 p.m.

    In singles play, USC senior Eric Johnson pinned up a big opening win with a 6-4, 7-5 takedown of Tom Fawcett. That punches the current Trojan's ticket into the second round, where he could face former Trojans Daniel Nguyen. No. 2 seeded Nguyen won four NCAA Team Championships during his time at Troy, and he will play his first-round match against Nathan Ponwith tomorrow not before 1 p.m.

    First-round singles tilts also await USC seniors Yannick Hanfmann, Roberto Quiroz and Jonny Wang. At 10 a.m. tomorrow, Hanfmann will square off against Mackie McDonald, while Quiroz takes on No. 4 seed Frederik Nielsen. Wang's match will start up not before 1 p.m., with the Trojan facing Adrien Puget.