Photo: Gastón MonteroJorge Aguilar (CHI)
Chilean Jorge Aguilar is our featured player for the month of June. The 27-year-old player spent the month competing in the South American continent taking in tournaments in his home nation of Chile and also in Peru.
Earlier this year, Aguilar reached the singles final of the first ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Chile in 2012 but finished as runner-up - he was, however successful in the doubles event - and it's in Chile that he started the month.
This first tournament of the month took place in the city of Concon and was on Aguilar's favoured clay court surface. Named the number four seed, Aguilar got off to a fast start eliminating three Chilean qualifiers in the first three rounds. In each match, won in straight sets, he lost only four games in similar score lines of 61 63, 63 61 and 61 63 respectively.
Those wins carried Aguilar into the semifinal and a match with the unseeded conqueror of the number one seed in the quarterfinal, America's Reid Carleton.
Despite the confidence gained from that win, Carleton suffered the same fate as those before him as Aguilar kept the pattern of wins going to record a 63 61 victory and take his place in a final showdown with the third seed, fellow Chilean Guillermo Rivera-Aranguiz.
This was to prove a far tougher match for Aguilar than he had faced in any of the previous rounds, as demonstrated when the opening set was settled 7-4 on a tie break in favour of Aguilar.
A set to the good Aguilar was again forced to fight hard and in another tight set, won 64, Aguilar took the title, his first singles title on the ITF Pro Circuit since winning in France at the start of July 2011.
Aguilar also saw doubles action at this tournament, teaming up with Juan Carlos Saez. The two Chileans were named as the number two seeds and enjoyed a relatively comfortable event and eventually claimed the title with a 61 62 win over the third seeded Argentinian duo Federico Coria & Sebastian Decoud.
This was their second tournament title in succession having won the previous week in Vina del Mar, Chile in what was their first tournament together as a doubles team.
With both titles secured, Aguilar had a week away from competitive tennis before returning to action in Trujillo, Peru and the break was to have no negative impact as Aguilar continued in winning ways in both singles and doubles with a change of partner to Ecuador's Julio-Cesar Campozano.
Seeded third in the singles event Aguilar had a much tougher time squeezing out the victories than he had had to do in Concon. A first round 75 61 win was to be his only straight sets victory of the week in singles play but with another title coming his way, this was of little concern.
The title was won with a 63 57 64 triumph over the number two seed and his doubles partner for the week, Campozano!
As mentioned, Aguilar changed partners for this tournament. With Julio-Cesar Campozano he was named the top seed and won the title on a match tie break [10-6] having split the first two sets with the second seeds Marcelo Arevalo and Marcelo Demoliner from El Salvador and Brazil respectively.
To see out the month Aguilar remained in Peru for a tournament in Lima. Here he only competed in the singles event as he chased a hat-trick of singles titles. As the number two seed the Chilean progressed through the draw to a third final. The only blip coming in the quarterfinal where he had to come from behind to earn the win.
In the final he faced his semifinal opponent from the previous week, Duilio Beretta from Peru, seeded seventh. The resident of Lima put up a real fight as both players went all out for the title win and, to the delight of the home crowd, pulled off the win. Aguilar took the first set 75 but Beretta fought back to take the next two sets 63 75 and with them the title.
On the ITF Pro Circuit, Aguilar has now appeared in 26 singles finals, winning the title 16 times whilst in doubles action he has now contested 30 finals claiming 21 titles.