Texas native Mitchell Krueger makes his fourth appearance in the Oracle Challenger Series main draw, having fallen in the second round in Newport Beach, Indian Wells and Chicago. He will look to pass Thai-Son Kwiatowski of North Carolina in the opening round of play in Houston. No stranger to Oracle Challenger Series himself, Kwitowski competed in both the Newport Beach and Chicago events, losing in the second and first rounds respectively. This will be the first meeting for these young Americans, both with hopes of continuing on the Road to Indian Wells.
These two Oracle Challenger Series veterans will meet for the first time on court in Houston. Pennsylvania native Bjorn Fratangelo excelled in the Chicago event, ultimately falling to event winner Denis Istomin in the quarterfinal round. Evan Song of Nevada competed in the Indian Wells event, falling in the second round of qualifying to fellow American Marcos Giron. World No. 131 Fratangelo, who is currently second in the Road to Indian Wells leader board, will look to gain more points while World No. 394 Song will battle to add his name in the running.
2018 Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach finalist and BNP Paribas Open wild card recipient Bradley Klahn will face off against Alexander Sarkissian who defeated number 1 seed Andreas Seppi in the first round of play in the Chicago event. This will be the first on court meeting for Sarkissian and Klahn, both of whom are 28-year-old California boys.
In the final all-American ATP match up, Texas born Harrison Adams will take on Texas dwelling Oracle Challenger Series veteran (Indian Wells) Tim Smyczek. Houston marks Adams’ first ever Tour Challenger appearance. This Lone Star State meeting marks the first for these Texas boys.