There’s something to be said for home state advantage. Tuesday morning at the Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach began with two California victories.
Yorba Linda resident and World No. 263 J.C. Aragone defeated World No. 133 and number 8 seed Bjorn Fratangelo from Pittsburgh. Aragone is no stranger to Oracle Challenger Series events, with appearances in both 2018 Newport Beach (qualifying) and Chicago (quarterfinals). Aragone will next meet Donald Young, the winner of the all-American matchup with Noah Rubin. Young, who
Meanwhile qualifier Maxime Cressy of Hermosa Beach eliminated fellow Californian and Oracle Challenger Series alum (2018 Newport, 2018 Indian Wells, Chicago, Houston) Alexander Sarkissian. UCLA Bruin Cressy, who beat fellow American Stefan Kozlov in qualifying on Monday, will face off against Canadian Brayden Schnur in round 2.
Oracle Challenger Series veteran and North Carolina native Thai-Son Kwiatkowski fell to Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic. World No. 305 Estrella Burgos, who also participated in the Chicago event, advances to the second round in Newport Beach where he will meet World No. 309 and Collin Altamirano of California.
After giving up the first set German Dustin Brown marked his Oracle Challenger Series debut with a win over Spaniard Marcelo Arevalo: 46, 64, 64. The 34-year-old World No. 223 will battle next with Oracle Challenger Series Houston champion and World No. 78 Bradley Klahn. The 2018 Newport Beach finalist, Klahn currently leads the Road to Indian Wells leaderboard.
In the final match on Monday American Christian Harrison appeared to have secured his round 2 ticket but Jan Choinski wasn’t giving up that easily and pushed to the match to a third set. Due to the fading light the match was continued today on Court 5 where Harrison finished what he started, winning 62, 76, 64. The Louisiana native, who was a quarterfinalist in the 2018 Indian Wells event, will play number 13 seed Roberto Quiroz on Ecuador in the second round.
Fellow American and qualifier Evan Song was not as lucky, falling to Japan’s Kaichi Uchida in two sets: 76, 62. Uchida advances to round 2 where he will meet number 5 seed, Canadian Peter Polansky. This will be the first on court meeting for these men who played the event in 2018.
Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci upset number 10 seed and two-time Oracle Challenger Series veteran (Chicago, Houston) Dominik Koepfer to advance in Newport Beach. The World No. 225 will face off against number 7 seed Miomir Kecmanovic who came out on top in an all-Serbian battle on Court 7.
Canadian Felip Peliwo was victorious in a 3-setter against Oracle Challenger Houston participant Paolo Lorenzi of Italy. Peliwo will next face Frenchman Enzo Couacaud who defeated American Ernesto Escobedo in straight sets: 64, 64. This will be the first meeting for World No. 240 Peliwo and World No. 279 Couacaud, who also participated in the Houston event in November.
Oracle Challenger Series Houston quarterfinalist Jason Jung was victorious over Santiago Giraldo of Colombia and will advance to the second round of play where he will meet American Dennis Novikov who eliminated Chris Eubanks in three sets: 46, 61, 76. Jung and Novikov have met several times on court, with Novikov winning 75% of the time.