Aug. 8, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Steven Moneke (2006-09) and Dino Marcan, who lettered for Ohio State in 2010, are having impressive showings on the 2011 spring and summer circuits. Moneke won his first professional singles championship this past week at the Germany F9 Futures event in Wetzlar, Germany. Marcan was victorious in the Armenia FI Futures Tournament from July 4-9 in Yerevan, Armenia. The Croatia native also earned numerous double championships including the Armenia F2 Futures, Italy F6 Futures, Croatia F5 Futures, and Turkey F9, F10 and F11 Futures.

Moneke captured his first tournament crown when he defeated Alexander Flock in comeback form 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Moneke won all four matches in straight sets en route to the final. During the quarterfinals, Moneke downed Christ Constantin 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals and faced Federico Torresi, who he beat 7-5, 6-3.

Graduating from Ohio State in 2009, Moneke had one of the most successful tennis careers in Buckeye history. He was a four-time All-American and was tabbed All-Big Ten three times. In 2009, Moneke became the first Buckeye to reach an NCAA singles final, which earned him 2009 NCAA All-Tournament Team honors.

During the F1 Singles Futures, Marcan posted a 5-0 record en route to his first tournament singles title. He defeated Yurii Dzhavakian, Niloloz Basilashvili, Andrey Kumantsov and Alexander Rumyantsev before coming from behind to beat fellow Croatian Toni Androic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the final.

In doubles competition on the ATP schedule, Marcan has been even more impressive. He has netted six tournament crowns already this summer. Most recently, the former Buckeye teamed with Marin Draganja to down Ervand Gasparyan and Illia Starkov 6-7 (4), 6-4 (10-5) in the Armenia F2 Futures doubles championships from July 11-15.

Marcan had a streak of five consecutive doubles championship crowns dating from March 15 to April 22. Partnering with Androic in all five tournaments, the Croatian duo went a combined 19-0 during the stretch. The first title occurred at the Turkey F9 Futures with a 3-6, 6-2 (10-7) win vs. Ivan Bjelica and Tihomir Grozdanov. The pair followed with wins at the Turkey F10 and F11 Futures championships, as well as the Croatia F5 Futures event. The tandem concluded its hot streak with a 6-4, 6-4 win at the Italy F6 Futures vs. Andrea Arnaboldi and Walter Trusendi.

Marcan currently holds an 18-16 record in singles competition and is ranked No. 487 in the world. However, he is 37-10 in doubles on the year and ranked No. 203. He has been previously ranked as high as No. 188 in doubles (July 25, 2011). Since he became a professional, Marcan has earned an 84-30 career doubles mark, allowing him to quickly move up the ATP doubles standings.

Marcan left Ohio State following his freshman season in 2010 to pursue a professional career. He left Columbus as an All-American in doubles, two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week and first-team All-Big Ten. In doubles action, he amassed a 32-4 record during his rookie campaign.