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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

Finals Sunday

Michael Mmoh, Tiburon Challenger Champion 2018 (photos by Adam Gagnon)

Can you believe it’s over? What an incredible day! What an incredible tournament! I am so thankful to all for your support, contributions, time and effort, which you have so graciously offered during this event and in the weeks and months leading up to it.

Did you hear the comments made by the players? And it’s not the first time we’ve heard it from players and tournament officials also. From Michael Mmoh himself: “Tiburon Challenger is the best Challenger on Tour.” And it is thank you to all of the core volunteers and the teams of people that they rally to make this event possible. Without you this tournament would not happen.

Sofia Perozzi once again kicked off proceedings with a most beautiful performance as she sang the National Anthem. Her voice is incredible; what a start to the day!



Men's Doubles Final (l. to r.) Pedro Martinez (ESP), Gerard Granollers (ESP), Hans Hach Verdugo (MEX) and Luke Saville (AUS).

First match up —doubles finals—went the way of the qualifying team of Hans Hach Verdugo (MEX) and Luke Saville (AUS), who were simply the better team today, 6-3 6-2. Last year we saw the tournament wildcard team go all the way and win the tourney. This year the qualifying team takes the title. Why ? Because the quality of all these players is so high, on a given day they all have a shot.

Our wheelchair tennis players put on a great show today. David van Brundt and Michael Yousefi, thank you for coming out and showing us all what you’re capable of.

Before the match (l. to r.): Michael Mmoh, ball girl Maya Mosher and Marcel Granollers

And then there was the finals showdown — it could not have been teed up any better!

No. 1 seed, Spain’s Marcel Granollers vs no.5 seed American Michael Mmoh — this match up was always going to be exciting and certainly did not disappoint. Mmoh continued his good form, which has now seen him take back-to-back Challenger Tour titles. Here today, and last week in Columbus, Ohio.

Mmoh’s ability to keep the ball coming back added pressure to the transition game that Marcel is so strong at. First set Mmoh 6-3. Granollers had a few break points in the second set, and the crowd was getting fired up at the prospect of this match being extended to a third. On one shot, Marcel executed the smoothest, most cunning sneak approach, completely taking Mmoh by surprise, but an uncharacteristic missed volley saw Marcel’s opportunity erased, and Mmoh rallied to stay even.

In the end, it was Michael’s day. He deserved the win, and a very big congratulations to him as he breaks through to the Top 100 in the world, as a result of having won today here in Tiburon! This is a massive milestone in the career of a tennis professional, and we can be proud that he made it happen right here at the Tiburon Peninsula Club.

Record crowds, perfect playing conditions, amazing athletes and great spirit from all involved contributed to this, the 2018 Tiburon Challenger, being the best we’ve ever had. TPC members, thank you for your support! See you at the club.


For a post-match interview with Michael Mmoh, go to https://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/challenger-qa-2018-tiburon-mmoh


Day Eight

Michael Mmoh photo by Cornelia Grimes


Men’s Singles Semifinals
[1] M. Granollers (ESP) d [6] N. Rubin (USA) 62 62
[5] M. Mmoh (USA) d [Alt.] J. Duckworth (AUS) 63 36 63

Men’s Doubles Semifinal
[Q] H. Hach Verdugo (MEX)/L. Saville (AUS) d. A. Lawson (USA)/H. Reese (USA) 64 64


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Live Streaming

See the semifinals and final on live streaming if you can't make it in person: www.tiburonchallenger.com.


Day Seven

Brendan's Notes

Fire and Ice! Well, OK, the temperature didn’t drop that much, but the tennis all but set the courts alight today at the Tiburon Challenger! Number 1 seed, Marcel Granollers once again brought a level of intensity to his match, and he is rapidly gaining favor amongst the crowds, which, I might add, have been flocking in to watch this event all week. He was up against the Aussie JP Smith, who, don’t forget, doesn’t mind an old-school chip and charge himself. Granollers came out hot, though, breaking Smith in the very first game, and he held serve — 2-0. Smith, struggling to find his groove, let his second-service game get away from him early on also — 3-0 change sides. Granollers stayed focused and closed out the set 6-2. Smith, often a slower starter in this tournament, rallied in the second set, and they pushed one another all the way, but it was Granollers who claimed his spot in the semifinals, winning the second set 7-5.

Rubin vs. Eubanks
Eubanks was going to have to fire lasers from his racquet if he was going to beat Rubin from the back of the court, and today wasn’t that day for him. He crushed a few really big serves and landed a couple of monster forehands to go up a break in the first set 4-2. Rubin never panicked, and the breezy conditions played in his favor, as he was able to rally a little too consistently for the big guy. The first set was a tussle though and went the distance with Rubin edging Eubanks out 7-6 (3). Could you call it windy today? No, not really — let’s go with breezy. Either way the conditions certainly favored Rubin, and coupled with his insane defensive skills saw him take the second set 6-3. Eubanks has big game, but needed another gear today, which didn’t show up.

Arevalo airlines landed
Fan favorite Marcelo Arevalo was once again a crowd pleaser today. It doesn’t take much for the crowds here at Tiburon Challenger to start cheering for their guy, and when Marcelo charged to a 6-0 victory in the second set to even the match, well the tent nearly ended up in Richardson Bay! A swift, energetic jog to the chair to prepare for the third set and potentially another scalp on his way to the semifinals, Marcelo was feeling good. Did Duckworth take a mental break? Who knows, but he certainly checked back in for the deciding set, going up an early break and never letting go of it as he ran off into the semifinals 6-3.

Well done, James—a strong all-round game, strength and that Aussie tenacity. Up next is Michael Mmoh.

Mmoh marches on
That’s eight matches in a row for Michael Mmoh, who won last week in Columbus and added three matches here in Tiburon. Back-to-back titles? You’ll have to come on down and cheer him on and see, although you could live-stream it on your phone through the tournament website. But why would you, when you can see it all unfold right before your eyes at the Tiburon Peninsula Club.

“Jersey Boy” Tommy Paul had a lot riding on the match this evening, so no wonder he was not going to throw in the towel at 0-5 in the third set. If he had won tonight, he would have earned a Special Exempt into the Stockton Challenger next week. It was not to be, and he’s probably in his car right now on his way to Stockton to prepare for qualifying tomorrow.

At 0-5 Paul held serve — on the board. Hold on, he breaks the Mmoh serve — 2-5 change side. Mmm, was that a glimmer in Paul’s eye? Service hold from the Paul. and things are warming up. The crowd is braving the now fairly dark and chilly conditions and assisted by the steady flow of adult beverages is starting to roar its approval!

If Paul can break one more time, it’s back on serve and almost all square. He saves two match points much to the delight of the committed crowd, but at the end of the day it was too little, too late. Game, set and match Mmoh. Off to meet James Duckworth in the semifinals.

Granollers brothers leaving their mark on the Tiburon Challenger
Gerard Granollers beat his brother to the finals this week. as he and his doubles partner Pedro Martinez put on a show for the early afternoon Tiburon crowds today! Super fun dubs, clutch serving from Gerard backed up by awesome anticipation from Pedro set the tone for an extremely exciting semifinal. Americans Nathan Pasha and Evan King put up a good fight, but consistency and court craft, punctuated by velvety touch on the volleys from Gerard and Pedro, saw the Spaniards booking their spot for the final doubles showdown on Sunday.

They will play the winners of qualifiers Hans Hach Verdugo (MEX) and Luke Saville (AUS) vs. Alex Lawson (USA) and Hunter Reese (USA).

Look at this stunningly beautiful landscape… that’s what a top 10 in the world “Most Beautiful Challenger” looks like!

Men’s Singles Quarterfinals
[1] M. Granollers (ESP) d J. Smith (AUS) 62 63
[5] Michael Mmoh (USA) d {WC] Tommy Paul (USA) 76(7) 26 63
[6] N. Rubin (USA) d C. Eubanks (USA) 64 63
[Alt] J. Duckworth (AUS) vs. M. Arevalo (ESA) 75 63

Men’s Doubles Semifinal
G. Granollers (ESP)/P. Martinez (ESP) d E. King (USA)/N. Pasha (USA) 76(4) 75


Order of Play for Saturday, September 29, 2018

Center Court start 11 a.m.
[Q] H. Hach Verdugo (MEX) / L. Saville (AUS) vs A. Lawson (USA) / H. Reese (USA)
[1] M. Granollers (ESP) vs [6] N. Rubin (USA)

Special Olympics Tennis 30 minutes

[5] M. Mmoh (USA) vs [Alt] J. Duckworth (AUS)


Day Six

Photo: Darian King (left) and Nathan Pasha (by Cornelia Grimes)

Men’s Singles Second Round
[5] M. Mmoh (USA) vs. E. Escobedo (USA) 62 30 Retired

[WC] T. Paul (USA d [WC] B. Holt (USA) 50 Retired
[Alt] J. Duckworth (AUS) d A. Popoyrin (AUS) 46 76(2) 76(6)
M. Arevalo (ESA) d M. Torpegaard (DEN) 63 06 63

Men’s Doubles Quarterfinal
[Q] H. Verdugo (MEX)/L. Saville (AUS) d  [1] M. Arevalo (ESA)/R. Maytin (VEN) 26 76(3) 10-6
A. Lawson (USA)/H. Reese (USA) d [4] M. Granollers (ESP)/M. Vervoort (NED) 46 76(10) 10-8
G. Granollers (ESP)/P. Martinez (ESP) d. [WC] A. Goransson (SWE)/F. Lakat (FRA) 64 64
E. King (USA)/N. Pasha (USA) d [WC] H. Johnson (USA)/Y. Johnson (USA) 64 62


Day Five

Brendan's Notes
Well did you see that? Incredible! “The gazelle” was in top form right out of the gate, breaking Cem Ilkel in the first game of the match, sprinting off and taking the first set with him 6-2. Marcel Granollers took his game to another level today and played some amazing attacking tennis early in the match, approaching the net and executing volleys with a feathery touch.

Cem found his stride in the second set, pushing the former top-20 player to the limit. Granollers’ grit, however, saw him take the match in straights 7-5.

Seeds fell today
Number-3 seed Peter Polansky came up against the brute force of the streamlined American Christopher Eubanks. Eubanks was not picking up passengers as his lightning-fast serve and forehands left Polansky standing on more than a few occasions. Power and precision are a wonderful combo if you can pull it off, and that’s exactly what Chris delivered today in a convincing victory 6-3 6-3.

Noah Rubin will be next to face off against the powerful serving Eubanks, after his win today against wildcard JC Aragone. Rubin had his work cut out for him, coming back from a double-break deficit in the first set to win it 7-6 (3). Aragone, a very clean ball striker with great pop on his groundstrokes was a force to be reckoned with, but came up just shy in the second set 4-6.

JP Smith is on fire! His opponent today was the American Bjorn Fratangelo, Tiburon Challenger #8 seed and tough singles player. Bjorn won the first set handily 6-1 in about 30 minutes and was looking to run away with it. Not so fast, though, because JP came storming back in the second set serving well and out-rallying Fratangelo from the back of the court. JP mixed up his game with a variety of spin and attacking net play, and took the match 6-4 and 6-2 in the second and third set. JP will now face Marcel Granollers in what is sure to be a fun match to watch. Both players play an attacking style of tennis. The question is, who can get to the net first?

Doubles upset
Twins Hunter and Yates Johnson, the USTA wildcard team for the event surprised the number-two-seeded team of Sanchai Ratiwatana (THA) and Christopher Rungkat (INA). Victory did not come without a battle, and the twins showed steely nerves and great attitude late in the third set tiebreak to take the win 10-8. Final score 6-1 3-6 10-8 to the Johnson brothers.

Doubles Number-One seeds shine
You would not find two nicer guys than Marcelo Arevalo and Roberto Maytin, the Tiburon Challenger’s top-seeded doubles team. These two are also so much fun to watch! A blend of power, touch and athleticism and wonderful camaraderie between the pair makes them fan favorites for sure. They dispatched Fratangelo and Robert Galloway in a convincing 6-3 6-0. Next up for the duo is the team of Luke Saville and Hans Hach Verdugo, who beat Ruan Roelofse and Noah Rubin in straight sets today.

Defending Champions into the Second Round
Florian Lakat and Andre Goransson received the 2017 tournament doubles wildcard and took the title! Today, performing again as 2018 tournament wildcards, they wowed the crowd with a strong victory, proving once again that they are very comfortable playing here in Tiburon. The duo was up against the formidable team and third-seeded Peter Polansky (CAN) and Jackson Withrow (USA). After losing the first set, Andre and Florian rallied to win the second and then raised their level one more time to secure the third-set match tiebreak and the match. Final score 4-6 6-3 10-4. Can they do it again? Come find out. Their next match is tomorrow not before 2:30 p.m.

Number-four seeds Marcel Granollers and doubles partner Mark Vervoort
Marcel and Mark were up against a tough duo in 2012 Wimbledon Champion Freddie Nielsen and partner Toshihide Matsui today in the first-round doubles. Freddie came out with a few rocket returns and broke Granollers’ serve in the opening game of the match. They hung on to the lead and won the first set 6-4. Marcel and Mark came back to win the second 6-3 and force the third set match tiebreak. An uncharacteristic error from Nielsen early in the tiebreak gave Granollers’ team a slight edge, and then it was the blistering return game of both Granollers and Vervoort that saw them over the finish line 10-4.

See you courtside.



Men’s Singles Second Round

[1] M. Granollers (ESP) d [Q] C. Ilkel (TUR) 62 75

C. Eubanks (USA) d [3] P. Polansky (CAN) vs. (USA) 63 63

[6] N. Rubin (USA) d [WC] J Aragone (USA) 76(3) 64

J. Smith (AUS) d [8] B. Fratangelo (USA) 16 64 62

Men’s Doubles First Round

[1] M. Arevalo (ESA)/[1] R. Maytin (VEN) vs. B. Fratangelo (USA)/R. Galloway (USA) 63 60

[WC] H. Johnson (USA)/Y. Johnson (USA) d [2] S. Ratiwatana (THA)/[2] C. Rungkat (INA) 61 36 10-8

[WC] A. Goransson (SWE)/F. Lakat (FRA) vs. [3] P. Polansky (CAN)/J. Withrow (USA) 46 63 10-4

[4] M. Granollers (ESP)/[4] M. Vervoort (NED) vs. T. Matsui (JPN)/F. Nielsen (DEN) 46 63 10-4

[Q] H. Verdugo (MEX)/L. Saville (AUS) d R. Roelofse (RSA)/N. Rubin (USA) 63 60

A. Lawson (USA)/H. Reese (USA) d M. Reid (AUS)/J. Thompson (AUS) 64 64

G. Granollers (ESP)/P. Martinez (ESP) d [WC] C. Eubanks (USA)/M. Krueger (USA) 64 64

E. King (USA)/N. Pasha (USA) d R. Gonzales (PHI)/N. Lammons (USA) 64 26 10-4


Day Four

Bjorn Fratangelo

Brendan's Notes
Some named today “Australia Day” —  OK, maybe that was only Murray—but you can see why, with six Aussies playing main-draw-singles matches. Others named it “Flashback Tuesday,” as it was a repeat of our 2016 singles finals, with Michael Mmoh and Darian King in the final match of the day.

Mmoh was far happier with the outcome today, as he cruised to a 6-2 6-4 victory. The match didn’t quite live up to the hype it was receiving, and many will be disappointed to see Darian’s tournament come to an abrupt end. However, props to our 5th seed Mmoh, who was the better player today as his ranking also indicates. King came into the tournament ranked ATP #188, and Mmoh was ATP #108 and fresh off a $75,000 Challenger Tour win in Columbus.


Men’s Singles First Round
Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d [2] Jordan Thompson (AUS) 26 76(2) 76(5)
[3] P. Polansky (CAN) d [WC] Tom Fawcett (USA) 64 64
[WC] T. Paul (USA) d. [4] H. Laaksonen (SUI) 64 63
Michael Mmoh (USA) d Darien King (BAR) 62 64
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) d Marc Polmans (AUS) 64 64
[Q] C. Ilkel (TUR) d L. Miedler (AUS) 46 64 63
J. Smith (AUS) d P. Martinez (ESP) 64 62
C. Eubanks (USA) d. R. Quiroz (ECU) 76(4) 76(4)
Ernesto Escobedo (USA) d. Roberto Ortega-Olmedo (ESP) 61 76(2)
[WC] B. Holt (USA) d [Q] S. Diez (CAN) 63 76(4)
M. Torpegaard d M. Banes (AUS) 64 62
James Duckworth (AUS) d [Q] Alexander Sarkissian (USA) 76(1) 64[Q]
Mikael Torpegaard d Maverick Banes (AUS) 64 62


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.


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



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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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


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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)