The talented young tennis players that participate in our tournaments each one have very interesting stories that almost beg to be told.
Two years ago, it was the story of Amanda Anisimova, the incredibly talented American of Russian parents who at only 14-years of age captured the title of the Abierto Juvenil Mexicano.
Last year, it was Miomir Kecmanovic who exhibited a level of tennis that propelled him in Mexico City both to the title AND also to the ITF No. 1 ranking.
This year, the spotlight is on the best junior player in the world, the 15-year old and Roland Garros Jr. champion, Whitney Osuigwe. Although there are other captivating stories like the one of 2016 finalist Ellie Douglas, coached by Mexican ex Davis Cup Luis Enrique Herrera, who this time doesn´t want anything more than the title. Or what about the sons of former Grand Slam winners, Sebastian Korda and Elizabeth & Mark Mandlik, the three of them with great expectations, especially the former, seeded No. 1 at the AJM.
But for the local tennis community this year, one of the most attractive stories of our event is that of the “three Alans”– Alan Rubio, Alan Cincunegui and Alan Magadan who are already playing the second round of the AJM.
One of the most appealing angles of the story is the fact that they are as different as night and day as you will see below:
ALAN RUBIO FIERROS– the 18-year old has an ITF rank of No. 55 and he is considered the possible next ATP TOP 100 Mexican player. Alan currently has a scholarship with the “factory of legends”, the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Starting in January 2018 he will join the University of Central Florida tennis team and train in the USTA 63 million dollar complex of Orlando.
ALAN CINCUNEGUI– Also 18-years old, he trains at the Berimbau Club and has demonstrated extraordinary grit in his matches. He loves challenges, being the underdog and being behind in the score. Coming from the qualys, he lost only six games and in the first round of the main draw eliminated American Trinity Grear 5-7 7-6 6-3, in a match where he not only lost the first set, but had his rival serve for the match twice. “Guerrero”, warrior in Spanish is how he is frequently described.
ALAN MAGADAN– the best way to describe this wonderfully talented 16-year old is… HUNGRY. At 6´1” tall and 177 pounds he has what it would take to make it in junior tennis, except that he has no ITF ranking because he lacks the money to travel and play the tournaments. In his first round of the main draw he beat the No. 14 seed American Brian Shi in two sets. Powerful server, good mobility, heart of a lion and… hungry like the wolf.
Who of the three Alans will make it to the final rounds? Logic would favor Alan Rubio Fierros, but sometimes, the most memorable stories are the ones that rewrite themselves without following reason.