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  TOURNAMENT NOTES
as of July 31, 2018
            SINGLES: Prize Money Winner $14,400
Ranking Points 100 60 35 18 8 0
Runner-up Semifinalist Quarterfinalist Round of 16 Round of 32
$8,480 $5,020 $2,920 $1,720 $1,040
DOUBLES: Prize Money (per team) Winner $6,200 Runner-up $3,600 Semifinalist $2,160 Quarterfinalist $1,280 Round of 16 $720
NORDIC NATURALS CHALLENGER
presented by Santa Cruz County Bank APTOS, CA • AUGUST 3-12
USTA PRO CIRCUIT MEN’S TENNIS RETURNS TO APTOS FOR 31st YEAR, CONCLUDES US OPEN WILD CARD CHALLENGE
    TOURNAMENT INFO
Site: Seascape Sports Club – Aptos, Calif.
Website: www.procircuit.usta.com, www. seascapesportsclub.com/challenger
Facebook: Facebook.com/SeaScapeSportsClubOfficial Twitter: @SSCTournaments
Qualifying Draw Begins: Saturday, Aug. 4
Main Draw Begins: Monday, Aug. 6
Main Draw: 32 Singles / 16 Doubles Surface: Hard / Outdoor
Prize Money: $100,000 Tournament Director:
Paul Kepler, (831) 332-1500 pckepler@aol.com
Tournament Press Contact:
Haley Kepler, (831) 334-0221 haley@seascapesportsclub.com
USTA Communications Contact:
Pat Mitsch, (914) 697-2291, mitsch@usta.com
PRIZE MONEY / POINTS
The Nordic Naturals Challenger presented by Santa Cruz County Bank returns to Aptos for the 31st consecutive year. It is the second- longest running men’s event on the USTA Pro Circuit, trailing only Little Rock, Ark., which has been taking place for 37 years. The tournament increased its prize money from $75,000 to $100,000 in 2012 and
is one of five $100,000 Challengers on the USTA Pro Circuit calendar this year.
Aptos helps conclude the US Open Wild Card Challenge, which will award a men’s and women’s wild card into the 2018
US Open by utilizing hard-court pro tournaments this summer. This is Week 5 of the five-week window where American players whose rankings fall outside of the US Open’s direct-entry cutoff will have
a chance to earn their way into the main draw of the year’s final Grand Slam. If no American man has clinched the wild card by Week 5, Aptos is one of four events – along with the ATP Masters 1000 Rogers Cup in Toronto and the ATP Challengers in Jinan, China, and Portoroz, Slovenia – that will count toward each eligible player’s
points total.
The men’s challenge will include the
best three results during the five-week
time period. Only Americans who did not otherwise earn direct entry into the US Open are eligible. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or WTA singles ranking on August 13 will be awarded the wild card.
This tournament will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.
Ernesto Escobedo rose to No. 67 in the world shortly after turning 21 last year.
Notable players competing in Aptos include:
Ernesto Escobedo, 22, West Covina, Calif.
• In 2018, won ATP matches in Indian Wells (defeating Frances Tiafoe), Acapulco, and at the New York Open.
• Peaked at a career-high No. 67 in the world in July 2017 after competing in the main draw of the French Open and Wimbledon and winning his first-round match at the US Open Series event in Montreal.
• Broke into the Top 100 in April 2017 after reaching his first ATP semifinal in Houston, defeating John Isner in the quarterfinals. Qualified for the ATP Masters Series events in Miami and Madrid in 2017.
• Made his Grand Slam main-draw debut at the 2016 US Open after earning a wild card by clinching the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge. At the US Open, won first-round match against Lukas Lacko.
• Won two Challenger titles in 2016 at the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Lexington, Ky., and the $100,000 ITF Pro Circuit Challenger in Monterrey, Mexico.
• A Mexican-American, grew up playing on public courts in Los Angeles.
A former All-American at Georgia Tech, Eubanks won 9 of 10 hard-court Challenger matches in April and took home his first Challenger title.
*Player field subject to change
 COMMUNITY EVENTS
Sun., Aug. 5 – Pro-Am, 2:30 p.m.
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