Americans Highlight Strong Player Fields at Newport Beach Venue
Nineteen-year-old Frances Tiafoe of Orlando, Fla., and Taylor Fritz of Palos Verdes, Calif., will headline the men’s field along with Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who has accepted a wild card to play in the $150,000 ATP Challenger. Tiafoe is currently ranked No. 79 in the world, while the 20-year-old Fritz is ranked at No. 104.
Mackenzie McDonald of Los Angeles, a former NCAA singles and doubles champion at UCLA, and Ernesto Escobedo of West Covina, Calif., who has been ranked as high as No. 67 in the world, are also entered in the men’s field.
Other players on the men’s entry list include Victor Estrella Burgos of Dominican Republic, Cameron Norrie of Great Britain, Canadian Peter Polansky and Darian King of Barbados.
Americans Varvara Lepchenko, Christina McHale, Jennifer Brady, Alison Riske, Madison Brengle and Taylor Townsend, who are all ranked in the Top 100, are entered in the WTA 125K Series event, which offers $150,000 in prize money as well.
The women’s field also includes former two-time NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs of Los Angeles and former USTA Girls’ 18s singles champions Sachia Vickery and Sofia Kenin. Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy and Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, a former US Open semifinalist, are also on the women’s entry list.
The remaining spots in the draws will be filled by winners of the Qualifying tournament (January 20-21) and Wildcards, which will be announced in the coming weeks. To view the complete men’s and women’s entry lists, go to: oraclechallengerseries.com.
The second event of the Oracle Challenger Series will take place February 24-March 4, 2018 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif. The top two male and female Americans with the highest accumulated points in the Oracle Challenger Series will be awarded wild cards in their respective singles main draws at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open, held March 5-18 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Admission for spectators is free for each day of the Newport Beach and Indian Wells events. For additional tournament information, go to: oraclechallengerseries.com.
About the Oracle Challenger Series – The Oracle Challenger Series was created to offer American tennis players more opportunities and builds on Oracle’s commitment to help support U.S. tennis for men and women at both the collegiate and professional level. The Series will feature equal prize money in a groundbreaking tournament format that combines the ATP Challenger Tour and WTA 125K Series.
Beyond expanding the number of chances to compete, the Series offers an unmatched potential prize of wild cards for top American finishers into the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open, which is widely considered the top combined ATP World Tour and WTA professional tennis tournament in the world.
About the Newport Beach Tennis Club – Established in 1966, the Newport Beach Tennis Club is one of the most prestigious tennis clubs in the country. With 19 fully lit tennis courts, full service restaurant, bar and catering, junior olympic pool, fitness center and gorgeous grounds, the Newport Beach Tennis Club has it all. Expanding over seven acres, the Newport Beach Tennis Club boasts a beautiful layout for the Oracle Challenger Series, featuring a sunken center court, six other match courts, and four practice courts.