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Tiburon Challenger

A Men's Pro Circuit Tennis Event

Address: 1600 Mar West Street
Tiburon, CA 94920
Phone: 415-789-7900

Tiburon Challenger

Saturday, September 22, to Sunday, September 30, 2108

Day Three

Brendan's Notes

No. 1 seed Marcel Granollers (right) had a strong start in his first appearance at the Tiburon Challenger, demonstrating why he’s been ranked top 20 in the world. In an exciting performance against USA’s Evan King, his energy, focus and incredible ability to transition to the net set him apart from his opponent, as he won in straight sets 6-2 7-5.

The final match of the day between USA’s Noah Rubin and Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker turned out to be a one-sided battle. Rubin, the Challenger’s 6th seed, played a flawless match, beating de Bakker, who has been top 40 in the world without losing a game. 

American Wildcard JC Aragone took full advantage of his opportunity today, beating Jay Clarke from Great Britain. Aragone served with power and consistency and backed it up with accurate groundstrokes that proved too much for the Brit.

The final qualifying round for singles and doubles filled the last four spots in the main draw. American Alex Sarkissian advanced, as did Turkey’s Cem Ilkel, Canadian Steven Diaz and Roberto Vivero Gonzalez from Spain. In the doubles qualifying match, Hans Hach Verdugo of Mexico and Luke Saville (AUS) advanced to the main draw, beating Sergio Galdos (PER) and Marc-Andrea Huesler (SUI).

Tomorrow’s lineup is impressive, with an afternoon match between Michael Mmoh (USA) and Darian King (BAR) a highlight. King defeated Mmoh in 2016 to win the Challenger.

Results for Monday, September 24

Men’s Singles First Round

[1] M. Granollers (ESP) d E. King (USA) 62 75

[6] N. Rubin (USA) d T. de Bakker (NED) 60 60

[8] B. Fratangelo (USA) d P. Krstin (SRB) 60 63

[WC] J Aragone (USA) d J. Clarke (GBR) 62 76(5)


Men's? Qualifying Singles Third Round

[8] S. Diez (CAN) d [1] L. Broady (GBR) 61 63

[2] C. Ilkel (TUR) d L. Saville (AUS) 63 67(3) 63

[7] R. Ortego-Olmedo (ESP) d [4] J. Choinski (GER) 76(1) 63

A. Sarkissian (USA) d P. Vivero Gonzales (ESP) 63 67(3) 62


Men’s Qualifying Doubles Second Round

[1] Hans Hach Verdugo (MEX)/L. Saville (AUS) d [2] S. Galdos (PER)/M-A. Huesler (SUI) 62 64

Order of Play for Tuesday, September 25

Center Court start 10 a.m.

[WC] Tommy Paul (USA) vs [4] Henri Laaksonen (SUI)

Not Before 1l a.m.

[3] Peter Polansky (CAN) vs. [WC] Tom Fawcett (USA)

[2] Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) vs. Jordan Thompson (AUS)

Not before 3 p.m.

[5] Michael Mmoh (USA) vs. Darien King (BAR)


Court 1 start 10 a.m.

John-Patrick Smith (AUS) vs. Pedro Martinez (ESP)

Not before 11 a.m.

Christopher Eubanks (USA) vs. Roberto Quiroz (ECU)

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) vs. Maverick Banes (AUS)

Ernesto Escobedo (USA) vs. Roberto Ortega-Olmedo (ESP)

Court 4 start 10 a.m.

[WC} Brandon Holt (USA) vs. [Q] Steven Diez (CAN)

Not before 11 a.m.

[Q] Cem Ilkel (TUR) vs. Lucas Miedler (AUT)

 Q] Alexander Sarkissian (USA) vs. [Alt] James Duckworth (AUS)

[7] Marc Polmans (AUS) vs. Alexei Popyurin (AUS)


Day Two

Brendan's Notes
Day two of the Tiburon Challenger qualifying rounds brought sunshine and action-packed matches to the Tiburon Peninsula Club. Play started at 10 a.m., and players advancing to the third and final qualifying round included Roberto Ortega-Olmedo who ended Marcus Giron’s run, Jan Choinski who beat Alejandro Gomez, Pablo Vivero Gonzalez who took out Alejandro Gonzalez, Alex Sarkissian who beat Mitchell Krueger, Luke Saville who beat Renzo Olivo, Cem Ilkel who beat Jenson Brooksby, Steven Diez who beat Dayne Kelly and Liam Broady who took out Jared Hiltzik.

Sacramento, California can be proud to have Jenson Brooksby (above) as their young tennis star. as he put in a fine performance today. coming up just short in a three-set battle against Turkey’s number-one player Cem Ilkel. Jenson came back to win the second set 6-4 after losing the first 4-6. He put up a great fight, but his tournament ended after losing the third set 4-6. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of him in the future.

Number-one seed in the qualifying round, Great Britain’s Liam Broady. rallied from a 1-4 deficit in the second set to win in straights 6-3 7-5. His performance today sets the stage for a showdown against Steven Diez for a spot in the main draw. This is sure to be a great match with two in-form players hungry to advance.

Aussie Luke Saville will take on Turkey’s Cem Ilkel in another battle for one of the valuable main-draw positions. Saville had a very successful juniors career, winning the Wimbledon Junior Singles title in 2011 and the Australian Open Juniors in 2012, and he is well on his way to making his mark on the ATP Challenger Tour.

USA’s Alex Sarkissian is up against Spain’s Pablo Vivero Gonzalez. Both players unseeded in the qualifying will be leaving it all out on the court tomorrow, vying for their shot in the main draw.

The first round of doubles qualifying was also played today. Wildcards Tom Fawcett and Sebastian Korda lost to Hans Hach Verdugo and Luke Saville in straight sets. Luke and Hans will play Sergio Galdos and Marc-Andrea Heusler in the final round qualifying tomorrow after their win today over Harri Heliovaara and Henri Laaksonen.

Main draw matches will start tomorrow with our first seed, Spain’s Marcel Granollers coming up against USA’s Evan King, which is sure to be an action-packed match. Jay Clarke (GBR) will also be up against USA wildcard JC Aragone. Other Americans in action tomorrow are Bjorn Fratangelo who plays Pedja Krstin (SRB), and Noah Rubin who’ll take on Thiemo De Bakker (NED).

The qualifying weekend crowds have been record breaking, and with beautiful weather in the forecast, we look forward to witnessing yet another display of mind-blowing tennis tomorrow.


Men's Qualifying Singles Second Round

[1] L. Broady (GBR) d J. Hiltzik (USA) 63 75

[2] C. Ilkel (TUR) d [WC] J. Brooksby (USA) 64 46 64

A. Sarkissian (USA) d [3] M Krueger (USA) 62 64

[4] J. Choinski (GER) d A. Gomez (COL) 64 16 60

[7] R. Ortego-Olmedo (ESP) d M. Giron (USA) 63 16 75

S. Diez (CAN) d D. Kelly (AUS) 46 76(5)

L. Saville (AUS) d R. Olivo (ARG) 60 64

P Vivero Gonzales (ESP) d A Gonzales (COL) 63 61

Men’s Qualifying Doubles First Round

[1] Hans Hach Verdugo (MEX)/L. Saville (AUS) d [WC) Tom Fawcett/Sebastian Korda (USA)

[2] S. Galdos (PER)/M-A. Huesler (SUI) d H. Heliovaara (FIN)/H. Laaksonen (SUI) 63 26 10-4


Day One

*Brendan's Notes
There is always a great sense of eager anticipation leading up to the kick-off, and this year’s Tiburon Challenger has proven once again that the wait is well worth it. A little Bay Area morning fog gave way to stellar sunshine mid-morning, and the players took it from there, lighting up the venue for the rest of day one.

Tiburon Peninsula Club members, guests, tournament sponsors, volunteers, staff members and all spectators got to see an outstanding display of tennis, with two of the tournament's qualifying wildcards starting proceedings. Stevie Gould and Ryder Jackson gave it their all, but came up short against formidable opponents. Stevie lost to Alejandro Gomez (COL), and Ryder came second against Jan Choinski (GER). Both are junior players from Marin Couunty, and as wildcards.they gained valuable experience stepping into the arena with seasoned touring players. Hopefully, they will take away another level of insight and confidence to assist them on their lifelong tennis pathway.

Sixteen matches in total delivered some other notable results. Third seed in qualifying, USA’s Mitchell Krueger, won his first round match in an exciting battle against Frenchman Laurent Lokoli 7-6 (2) 6-1. No. 5 seed Kaichi Uchida was upset by Pablo Vivero Gonzalez 4-6 6-4 4-6 in a two-and-a-half-hour duel.

We’ve been fortunate to have Petr Korda, former world No.2 and Australian Open Champion, on site as he coaches his son Sebastian. Meeting Petr has been one of my highlights of the event so far. What a great guy and role model, always showing gratitude and humility, of which we all can take note — a great champion! 

USTA Norcal Kids’ Play Day was the best we’ve ever had! 45 youngsters joined together participating in fun games with Tiburon Peninsula Club coaches Adam Gagnon (head pro), Tony Ramsdell, Elliot Markowitz and Redwood High tennis coach Charlie Fager, who has been a part of our Kids' Play Day for many years.

The highlight of Kids’ Day came in the shape of former singles world No.19 and doubles No.4 and Tiburon Challenger top seed Marcel Granollers, who was gracious enough to do a Q & A with the children and then join his brother Gerard to play tennis with them, giving them the experience of a lifetime. Thank you to Marcel and Gerard for being so much fun and for their kindness to the children.

The Welcome BBQ for the players and sponsors was very well attended with well over a hundred guests and the food off the charts. TPC Chef Jameson Miller put on a wonderful spread of ribs, BBQ beef brisket, chicken and amazing salads. Desserts wrapped it up beautifully. A big thank you to Jameson and staff.

And the biggest thank you to the sponsors, without whom this event would not take place, and, of course, the players for the amazing show they put on for us all week long.

Day one in the books, cannot wait to see what’s in store for day two.

*Observations on the day's events from tournament director Brendan Curry.

Photo: Renzo Olivo of Argentina, who moves to Round 2 on Sunday.



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Twitter: @tiburonchallngr

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See the Challenger on Instragram



Saturday, September 22, RESULTS

Men's Qualifying Singles First Round

[1] L. Broady (GBR) d [WC] F. Lakat  (FRA) 64 64

[2] C. Ilkel (TUR) d S. Korda (USA) 76(3) 62

[3] M. Krueger (USA) d L. Lokoli (FRA) 76(2) 61

[4] J. Choinski (GER) d [WC] R. Jackson (USA) 60 63

P. Vivero Gonzalez d [5] K. Uchida (JPN) 46 64 64

R. Olivo d [6] H. Heliovaara 62 36 76(2)

[7] R. Ortega-Olmedo (ESP) d S. Fanselow (GER) 61 62

[8] S. Diez (CAN) d N. Pasha (USA) 60 63

J. Hiltzik (USA) d D. Nguyen (USA) 64 67(3) 61

D. Kelly (AUS) d B.  Ellis (AUS) 63 75

[W] J. Brooksby (USA) d J. Souza (BRA) 75 61

L. Saville (AUS) d P. Perez Sanz (ESP) 64 64

A. Sarkissian (USA) d F. Nielsen (DEN) 64 75

A. Gonzalez (COL) d A. Ritschard (USA) 61 64

A. Gomez (COL) d [WC] S. Gould (USA) 60 61

M Giron (USA) d M. Huesler (SUI) 62 76(1)


Look Who's Coming!

Main Draw

Marcelo Arevalo, El Salvador
Maverick Banes, Australia
Jay Clarke, Great Britain
Thiemo de Bakker, Netherlands
Bjorn Frantangelo, U.S.A.
Daniel Elahi, Colombia
Marcel Granollers, Spain
Darian King, Barbados
Thanasi Kokkinakis, Australia
Pedja Krstin, Serbia
Henri Laaksonen, Switzerland
Pedro Martinez, Spain
Lucas Miedler, Austria
MIchael Mmoh, U.S.A.
Reilly Opekla, U.S.A.
Peter Polansky, Canada
Marc Polmans, Australia
Alexeis Popyrin, Australia
Roberto Quiroz, Ecuador
Noah Rubin, U.S.A.
John-Patrick Smith, Australia
Jordan Thompson, Australia


Presented by Wells Fargo


For information on the tournament, tickets and live video screening, go to www.tiburonchallenger.com.

To see volunteer positions and sign up for one shift or more, go to http://signup.com/go/ixmRRac.


Schedule of Play

Qualifying: Sat., Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Qualifying: Sun., Sept. 23 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Main Draw: Mon., Sept. 24: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Main Draw: Tues., Sept. 25: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Main Draw: Wed., Sept. 26: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Main Draw: Thurs., Sept. 27 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Quarter Finals: Fri., Sept. 28 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Semifinals: Sat., Sept. 29: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Finals: Sun., Sept. 30: noon-4 p.m.

Special Olympics demonstrations takes place between semifinal matches

Junior tennis demonstration and wheelchair tennis take place between finals matches



Sponsors play a big role in making the Tiburon Challenger special. Thanks to the following for their support:

Astoria Software

Battle of the Bay Classics

Charles Schab

The Club at Harbor Point


Deborah Odier

Harmony Restaurant Jamba Construction


The Foundation for Reed Schools

Gazor Group

Harbor Point Charitable Foundation

Jackson Square Partners

Katy Benson & Associates The Lodge at Tiburon

LVVH Consulting

Martin Ray Winery


Oasis Physical Therapy + Acquatics

Oppenheimer Funds

Pizza Antica

RH—Restoration Hardware

San Remo Hotel

Servino Ristorante

Silicon Legal Strategy

Sol Food

Tiburon Tavern

Vintage Contractors, Inc.

West Coast Tennis

Woodlands Market

Wells Fargo

To find out how to become a sponsor and attend the special sponsors' dinner, go to www.tiburonchallenger.com.


A Look Back at 2017

Number #8 seed Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie raises the trophy after besting #2 seed American Tennys Sangren in singles to win the 2017 Tiburon Challenger. (Photo: Cornelia Grimes)

Doubles finalists (l. to r.) Marcelo Arevalo, Miguel Reyes-Varela, Florian Lakat and Andre Goransson with ball kids (Photo: Cornelia Grimes)

Angela Chang accepts a check from the Tiburon Challenger on behalf of the Foundation for Reed Schools. The Challenger also made generous donations to the USTA NorCal Foundation and the Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere for its education programs. (Photo: Cornelia Grimes)