Two-time defending champion and World No. 34 Taylor Fritz headlines the wild card recipients for the Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach, to be held January 27 – February 2, 2020 at the Newport Beach Tennis Club.
Rancho Santa Fe native Fritz – who won the event in both 2018 and 2019 – will return to the Newport Beach Tennis Club to defend his title after a successful run at Melbourne that saw him reach the third round for the second consecutive year. Fritz defeated qualifier Tallon Griekspoor and former Top 10 player Kevin Anderson before falling to No. 5 seed Dominic Thiem. Fritz’s victory at Newport Beach last year was the start of a career-best year for the 22-year-old, who captured his first ATP Tour title at Eastbourne, reached a career-high ranking of 25 in August, and represented the United States at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid.
Top 50 American Frances Tiafoe, who is the youngest American player ranked in the Top 50 and has a career-high ranking of World No. 29, is looking to claim his first Oracle Challenger Series title in Newport Beach. He participated in the inaugural event at the Newport Beach Tennis Club in 2018, where he fell in the first round. Throughout the early stages of his professional career, Tiafoe has won four ATP Challenger level titles as well as one ATP Tour title at Delray Beach in 2018.
Also receiving main draw wild cards on the men’s side are current UCLA sophomore Govind Nanda; as well as fellow 2020 Oracle Pro Series winner Ulises Blanch who captured his second career ATP Challenger level title in Ann Arbor earlier this year; and Oracle Challenger Series veteran Michael Redlicki.
On the women’s side, 18-year-old Katie Volynets is an American junior who recently garnered attention after winning the 2019 USTA Girls 18s National Championships and is returning to Newport Beach for the second year in a row in hopes of climbing the Road to Indian Wells Leaderboard. World No. 138 Allie Kiick – an American who has won five singles titles and one doubles title on the ITF Women’s Circuit – also received a main draw wild card, as did former Gonzaga student athlete Sophia Whittle. Twenty-year-old American Kayla Day completes the main draw.
Action from Newport Beach begins on Monday, January 27, with matches starting daily at 10:00 a.m. All matches will be played at the Newport Beach Tennis Club, located at 2601 Eastbluff Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660. The Oracle Challenger Series is free and open to the public, and free valet parking will also be available.