Southern California is the focus of this week’s Oracle Pro Series tournaments, with events in Rancho Santa Fe (men) and Malibu (women). In both locations, some of the game’s brightest young stars are looking to make an impact. Here are four players to watch, all Americans, in this week’s Oracle Pro Series events.
Ulises Blanch – Coming off of the biggest title of his young career at the Oracle Pro Series – Ann Arbor, 21-year-old Ulises Blanch is riding high on good form and fighting spirit. In the final against Roberto Cid Subervi, Blanch came back from a set and 1-4 down to claim his second professional title. As a result, the American jumped more than 150 spots to reach a new career-high ranking. Unseeded in Rancho Santa Fe, he will be a threat to cause some upsets.
Jessica Failla – A graduate student transfer at Pepperdine University, Jessica Failla is playing on her home courts at the Oracle Pro Series – Malibu. The Southern California native was a second-team All-WCC selection in singles and doubles last year, after having transferred from USC, where she achieved a career-high ITA singles ranking of No.33. As an outstanding junior, she was No.6 nationally in the 18-and-under rankings.
Brandon Nakashima – The buzz in Rancho Santa Fe this week is all about hometown hero Brandon Nakashima. At just 18 years old, Nakashima is at his career-high ranking, and after a successful freshman year at the University of Virginia, he decided to turn professional. He has already had success in the pro ranks, as well, reaching the semifinals of ATP Challenger Tour events in Fairfield and Charlottesville this past October with wins over multiple established top players. Born in La Jolla, just around the corner from Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club, Nakashima should have home court advantage this week.
Katie Volynets – At just 18 years old, Katie Volynets has caught the eye of many tennis aficionados as “one to watch” on the pro tour. As the 2019 USTA Girls 18s National Champion, the Northern California native received a main draw wildcard into the US Open. There, she took on eventual champion Bianca Andreescu, but came up short in a very tight match. She is just a few spots off of her career-high ranking, but is making all the right moves to build an impressive professional career.