JC Aragone & Marcos Giron play Darian King & Hunter Reese on court 15 during the Oracle Challenger Series on Saturday March 2, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Oracle Challenger Series)
For Marcos Giron, his lifelong journey in tennis started back when he was just five years old in his hometown of Thousand Oaks, California. His mom would take him to the local park and feed him tennis balls for hours on end, but it wasn’t the only sport with which Giron was enthralled. An obsessive sports enthusiast, Giron did a bit of everything – soccer, cross country, tennis, and more. With too many sports for his parents to handle, Giron remembers the particular weekend when he was forced to make a career-defining choice.
He chose tennis, and while he had no way of knowing it at the time, began an amazing journey with the sport that would transform his life in high school, college and beyond.
After making the decision to commit fully to tennis, Giron quickly ascended up the national junior rankings and eventually became the No. 1 college recruit in the nation. The Southern California native chose to play collegiate tennis at nearby UCLA, where he emerged as the team’s preeminent and captured the 2014 National Championship in singles.
On the pro tour, success hasn’t come as easily for Giron. Transitioning away from the camaraderie of college coaches and teammates proved difficult, especially when compounded with two debilitating hip injuries that required surgery and extensive time away from the court.
While many young players may have folded under the mounting stress of elusive on-court success and repeat injuries, Giron has battled his way back into the spotlight throughout the last year.
In August of 2018, Giron earned his first tour-level win at Los Cabos, and even served for the set before falling to eventual finalist Juan Martin Del Potro. Giron continued to impress in January of last year, as he won his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title at the Orlando Open.
Throughout the 2018-2019 Oracle Challenger Series, Giron showed flashes of what made him the most highly sought-after college recruit in the nation and one of the premier players in college tennis. He participated at all four stops of the Series, capping off his run with a doubles title at the Oracle Challenger Series Indian Wells alongside partner JC Aragone.
Giron continued his impressive run in the Indian Wells desert, where he earned his way into the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open with two victories in the qualifying rounds. He put together the most impressive run of his career, with upset victories in the main draw over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy and No. 23 ranked Alex De Minaur. In his next match, Giron pushed World No. 15 Milos Raonic to the brink in a 3-set thriller on Stadium 1.
Now playing some of the best tennis of his young career, Giron will return to the Oracle Challenger Series at New Haven September 2, with hopes of asserting himself as a force on the 2019-2020 Road to Indian Wells.