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Tiburon, CA 94920
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Welcome to the Tiburon Challenger!
Tiburon Challenger 2022 takes place from Sun., Oct. 2, to Sun., Oct. 9.
To get tickets, volunteer or find more information, please go to www.tiburonchallenger.com
Photos by Natalie Kim
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Day 8 — Finals Sunday
Expect to see superior tennis in the final match, which pits Ben Shelton  of Gainesville, FLA, who turns 20 today, against 19-year-old Zachary Svajda of La Jolla, CA. Game time is 1 p.m., following a wheelchair tennis exhibition.
Fleet Week in San Francisco makes a flyover by the Blue Angels likely at today's finale.
Strategy, finely-honed skills and athleticism were on full display on the courts at the Tiburon Peninsula Club on Saturday. First Leandro Riedi of Switzerland and Valentine Vacherot of Monaco outplayed Wild Cards Ezekiel Clark and Alfredo Perez to win the doubles championship.
Next, American Zachary Svajda overcome Alexis Galarneau of Canada in a closely-fought match that had spectators showing admiration for both players by cheering for their skill and well-played moves. Svajda bested Galarneau to go to the finals.
In a high-anticipated match, betwen Tiburon Challenger veteran Denis Kudla, an American who's a native of Ukraine, took on fellow American player Ben Shelton, who Brad Gilbert predicts will be one of the world's top five. Kudla won the first set, and Shelton took the second, but then Kudla retired when an injury forced him to withdraw.
Zach Svajda, who defeated number-three seed Michael Mmoh, knocked out Ernesto Escobedo, seeded 7, and goes to the semifinals, along with Denis Kudla , who eliminated Enzo Couacaud from competition. Alexis Galarneau also moves forward after beating highly regarded Paul Jubb, while Ben Shelton, son of University of Florida tennis coach Bryan Shelton, overcame Mitchell Krueger , a Tiburon Challenger veteran, to earn a spot in the semifinals.
In doubles, Wild Cards Ezekiel Clark and Alfredo Perez face off against Leodro Riedi and Valentin Vacherot in the doubles finals, which begin at noon. Singles semifinals follow. Saturday promises to be an exciting day for tennis!
Can't make it in person? See the action on live streaming at https://www.usta.com/en/home/pro/pro-tennis-events/usta-pro-circuit-men-s-live-streaming.html.
Tiburon Challenger Top 10
Interested in statistics? Here are some of the Tiburon Challenger's Top 10, with France's Enzo Couacaud (above) scoring the most aces.
Alexis Galarneau defeated Stefan Koslov on Thursday, knocking another seeded player out of competition. Galarneau takes on Paul Jubb in the quarterfinals on Friday in what promises to be an exciting match between two up-and-coming players to watch who are newcomers to the Tiburon Challenger. Unseeded Zachary Svajda, who defeated Michael Mmoh in a tight match, faces  Ernesto Escobedo today.
In doubles play, the Wildcard team of Siddhant Banthia and Carl Emil Overbeck face Leandro Riedi and Valentine Vacherot.
Zachary Svajda (above) upset 3rd-seed Michael Mmoh—2018 Tiburon Challenger champion—in singles play, in a demonstration of the talent and skills young players are bringing to the Tiburon Challenger. Svajda come back from a 1-5 deficit in the third set to defeat Mmoh; 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(4). "The level of tennis throughout the final set was of Grand Slam quality," said tournament director Adam Gagnon, adding that it took more than 30 shots of power and precision from both players to earn a point. Svajda moves on to Friday's Round of 4.
Among Thursday's highlights, Leandro Reidi takes on No. 1 seed Denis Kudla, and Paul Jubb and Qualifier Alex Michelsen face each other, as they vie for spots in the Round of 4.
A range of emotions emerges on the courts when play becomes intense
Carl Emil Overbeck and Siddhant Banthia
Ball kids having fun
Rising stars in men's tennis from around the world come to Tiburon for the Challenger. Past competitors include Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock (2012 Tiburon Challenger winner), who defeated Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the last match of Federer's career. Cameron Norrie (above), who performed well in this year's U.S. Open and Laver Cup, won the trophy in 2018.
The top seeds coming to Tiburon in 2022 are Jason Kubler (AUS), Jordan Thompson (AUS), Denis Kudla (USA) and Stefan Koslov (USA).
The draw is 32 for singles and 16 for doubles, and we're looking forward to a very exciting week.
Cameron Norrie photo (above) by Cornelia Grimes