Editor’s Note – January 18, 2019
Sofia Kenin has withdrawn from the Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach.
Editor’s Note – January 14, 2019
CoCo Vandeweghe has withdrawn from the Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach due to injury.
The Oracle Challenger Series, to be held January 21-27, 2019 at the Newport Beach Tennis Club in Southern California, has released its player entry lists today, which are led by three-time Grand Slam doubles champion and career-high World No. 8 Jack Sock; six-time title-winner and former World No. 10 CoCo Vandeweghe; Oracle Challenger Series Houston Champion Bradley Klahn and Houston runner-up Lauren Davis.
A deep men’s field features 16 total American players, headlined by Sock, who has a combined 18 titles to his name, including three Grand Slam trophies on the doubles circuit. The American starts the 2019 season ranked No. 106 in singles and World No. 2 in doubles. 28-year-old Klahn will look to build on his success from Houston, where he took home the title. His victory catapults him to the top of the Road to Indian Wells Leaderboard, which determines the two American men and women who receive main draw wild cards into the 2019 BNP Paribas Open. Klahn is the highest ranked male in the draw at No. 76 and was the runner-up in Newport Beach in 2018. No. 78 Mackenzie McDonald, who played collegiate tennis at nearby UCLA, will make his Oracle Challenger Series debut; and Chicago runner-up Reilly Opelka looks to solidify his hold on one of the top two spots on the Road to Indian Wells Leaderboard. Opelka was a semifinalist in Newport Beach a year ago, losing to eventual champion Taylor Fritz. Christopher Eubanks – who was awarded the 2018 Oracle US Tennis Award, a $100,000 grant given to an American who played college tennis and is embarking on his or her professional tennis career – is also in the field. JC Aragone, Ernesto Escobedo, Bjorn Fratangelo, Christian Harrison, Evan King, Mitchell Krueger, Michael Mmoh, Dennis Novikov, Tommy Paul, Noah Rubin and Donald Young round out the American contingent.
On the women’s side, the field is highlighted by Vandeweghe, who has accumulated two singles and four doubles titles on Tour, including the 2018 US Open Doubles Championship; Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, a 2014 Wimbledon finalist; and 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin, who at No. 52 is the highest ranked player in the women’s draw. Davis will look to carry on the momentum from her success in Houston, where a runner-up finish left her atop the Road to Indian Wells Leaderboard. Other notable Americans include Jessica Pegula, who had a strong showing in Houston, where she reached the semifinals in singles and captured the title in doubles; Sachia Vickery, a semifinalist at the Oracle Challenger Series Chicago; Christina McHale, a former Top 25-ranked player; and Francesco Di Lorenzo, also a recipient of the 2018 Oracle US Tennis Award. Completing the list of American women are Madison Brengle, Taylor Townsend, Nicole Gibbs, Varvara Lepchenko, Claire Liu, Allie Kiick, Danielle Lao, Jamie Loeb, Kristie Ahn, Robin Anderson and Gail Brodsky.
The 2018-2019 Oracle Challenger Series, which began in Chicago and continued in Houston last fall, culminates at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open, the largest ATP Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The two American women and two American men who accumulate the most points over the course of the Series will receive wild cards into their respective singles main draws at Indian Wells. Heading into the final two events, Klahn currently tops the Road to Indian Wells Leaderboard on the men’s side, followed by Opelka; while Davis holds the top spot on the women’s side, followed by Vickery and Pegula.
The Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach will also feature the inaugural Oracle Champions Cup, an Invesco Series QQQ event on Saturday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m. headlined by legendary tennis superstars Andy Roddick, James Blake, Mardy Fish and Tommy Haas. Tickets to the event start at $35, and are now on sale at InvescoSeries.com. Special VIP packages are also available, including a pro-am, backstage meet-and-greet, exclusive player party, and more.