Longtime friends and doubles partners JC Aragone and Marcos Giron defeated Hunter Reese and Darian King on Saturday to win the Oracle Challenger Series men’s doubles title in Indian Wells. A wild card team in Indian Wells, Aragone and Giron, who have known one another for about twelve years and first played doubles together as juniors about 8 years ago, also appeared in the doubles draw in Newport Beach where they reached the quarterfinals.
“Tennis is kind of a small community,” joked Aragone. “So when you’re two good guys like us, it’s easy to meet people.” Giron and Aragone played their first doubles tournament together at an ITF under 18 event in Claremont. Today that team won their first ever ATP Challenger Tour doubles final together. Giron who has one other ATP Challenger Tour doubles title to his name: Dallas, 2019.
Neither Giron nor Aragone are strangers to the Oracle Challenger Series events. Giron has participated in every Oracle Challenger Series event to date while Aragone has only missed two, Indian Wells 2018 and Houston. “I think it’s great that Oracle is providing all of these tournaments,” noted Giron. “They’ve all been at really nice facilities, they’ve been run really well with a lot of people cheering so it feels like a professional atmosphere. And to be supporting American players in that way is really cool.”
“I also love the college tie in with Oracle,” adds University of Virginia grad Aragone. “Being a professional tennis player who also went to college, I like an organization that supports college tennis and tries to also support professionals as much as they can. It’s refreshing to have company like Oracle support both of those experiences at the same time.” Giron also played college tennis, at UCLA.
It was announced yesterday that World No. 207 Giron received a wild card into the qualifying draw at the BNP Paribas Open, which kicks off at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Monday.