Nov. 10, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Just one year after landing two of the top players in the nation in Daniel Kosakowski and Clay Thompson, head coach Billy Martin duplicated that feat on Wednesday, as blue chip standouts Marcos Giron (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Dennis Mkrtchian (Reseda, Calif.) have signed letters-of-intent to join the Bruin program in the fall of 2011. Both players are ranked in the top 15 nationally and are currently listed as the top 2 players in California according to the website TennisRecruting.net.
"We are very ecstatic to get two more top Southern California kids who also happen to be highly ranked nationally," said Martin. "I've been able to watch both of these kids through the years and I know that they are going to be great players for us. We lose three seniors this year so I fully expect these two talented players to step in and help keep up UCLA's fine tennis tradition."
Giron, who attends Thousand Oaks High School, captured the CIF Triple Crown in 2009, helping lead his team to the Southern Section Championship, while also winning the singles and doubles titles. He is listed as the nation's No. 3 overall recruit (No. 1 in California) in the class of 2011 according to TennisRecruiting.net. Most recently he reached the round of 16 in singles at the USTA Boys' 18s National Harcourt Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. His other major singles highlights include reaching the finals of the 16s draw at the 2009 ITF Junior Orange Bowl Championships as a qualifier, and winning the back draw at the USTA Boys' 18s National Claycourt Championships in Delray Beach, Fla. Giron is also an accomplished doubles player, winning the 18s title at the 2010 ITF Easter Bowl (w/Nick Chappell) and the 16s title at the 2009 USTA Boys' National Championships (w/Chappell). He was also a member of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team (16s), as well as Southern California's Junior Davis Cup squad (18s).
Mkrtchian, who attends the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, is listed as the No. 13 overall recruit (No. 2 in California) according to TennisRecruting.net. He has seen limited action in the 18s division over the last several years due to injuries. Despite the setbacks, he managed to win the most prestigious tournament in Southern California this year, claiming the singles crown at the Southern California Junior Sectionals. In 2009, Mkrtchian won the 16s singles title at the USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif. Like Giron, he has also been a member of both the USTA's and Southern California's Junior Davis Cup squads. Mkrtchian's older brother, Ken, plays tennis at George Washington University.
Both Giron and Mkrtchian will be freshman at UCLA in the fall of 2011.
Special thanks to Colette Lewis and Paul Ballard at zootennis.com for providing photos for this release.