American Donald Young Among First Advances in Newport Beach

Oracle Challenger Series
Jan 21, 2019

Chicago native Donald Young beat compatriot and wild card Patrick Kypson in the first round of Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach on Monday morning. Currently ranked World No. 231, Young was an Oracle Challenger Series quarterfinalist in his hometown of Chicago this past September and looks to continue on his Road to Indian Wells journey by further climbing the leaderboard. Young, 29, will face off next against fellow American Noah Rubin in round 2. The two have met once before on the hard court, just a few weeks ago in the semifinals in Noumea where Rubin had the edge, winning 62, 63.

California boy JC Aragone came out on top in his first round battle with wild card and fellow American Ulises Blanch. Aragone, who is currently tied for 5th place in the Road to Indian Wells leaderboard with 25 points, was an Oracle Challenger Series Chicago quarterfinalist. World No. 263 Aragone, who lost in the third round of qualifying in the 2018 Newport Beach event, will meet Bjorn Fratangelo in the second round for yet another all-American matchup.

Oracle Challenger Series Houston finalist and Newport Beach wild card recipient, Roy Smith, fell to Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi in two sets on Court 1: 62, 75.

Thomas Bellucci of Brazil, who eliminated Portugal’s Gastao Elias in two sets, advances to the second round of play in Newport Beach where he will meet Oracle Challenger Series veteran Dominik Koepfer of Germany. Koepfer, who was a semifinalist in both Houston and Chicago looks to continue his success in this first Oracle Challenger Series event of 2019.

Serbian Danilo Petrovic, who eliminated Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan in three sets (46, 64, 62) will meet compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in round two in Newport Beach. The two have met once before, with current World No. 282 Petrovic having the edge over World No. 125 Kecmanovic.

Colombian Santiago Giraldo defeated Italian Roberto Marcora in first round action on Monday afternoon, thus securing his spot in the second round of the Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach. This marks the first Oracle Challenger Series appearance for the 31-year-old, who is currently ranked World No. 253. He will meet the number 6 seed, Jason Jung of Taipei in round 2 later this week.

Mario Viella Martinez of Spain was eliminated by Frenchman Enzo Couacaud in two sets: 64, 63. World No. 279 Coucaud, who participated in the Oracle Challenger Series Houston event, will face off agains American Ernesto Escobedo in round 2.

American Mitchell Krueger had the edge over compatriot Evan King, eliminating him in straight set tiebreaks. The World No. 230 is no stranger to the Oracle Challenger Series, having participated in all four to date: 2018 Newport Beach, 2018 Indian Wells, Chicago and Houston. Krueger looks to add ranking points in the Road to Indian Wells leaderboard but will need to bring his A-game as he faces World No. 81 and number 3 Mackenzie McDonald in round 2.

Californian Dennis Novikov sealed his Oracle Challenger Series debut with a win over Croatia’s Ante Pavic: 61, 75. World No. 257 Novikov will meet Wold No. 170 and Oracle Challenger Series veteran Christopher Eubanks in round 2. Also advancing to round 2 is Filip Peliwo, World No. 240 of Canada, who eliminated Dominican Roberto Cid Subervi in three sets: 26, 63, 76.

Wild card and California native Marcos Giron outlasted Portugal’s Goncalo Oliveira to advance to the second round of play where he will meet number 1 seed and Newport Beach 2018 champion, Taylor Fritz. No stranger to the Oracle Challenger Series, Giron has played every event.