NEWPORT BEACH, CA, USA – The Oracle Challenger Series is kicking off at the WTA 125K event in Newport Beach, and the inaugural field is highlighted by 11 Americans, including Top 100 players Varvara Lepchenko, Christina McHale, Jennifer Brady, Alison Riske, Madison Brengle and Taylor Townsend.

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The Newport Beach event, to be played January 20-28, includes former two-time NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs of Los Angeles and former USTA Girls’ 18s singles champions Sachia Vickery and Sofia Kenin.

Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and Yanina Wickmayer, a former US Open semifinalist, are also on the entry list. The remaining spots in the draws will be filled by winners of the Qualifying tournament and Wildcards, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

The second event of the Oracle Challenger Series will take place February 24-March 4 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  The top two Americans with the highest accumulated points in the Oracle Challenger Series will be awarded wildcards into the women’s  singles main draws at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open.

Admission for spectators is free for each day of the Newport Beach and Indian Wells events. For additional tournament information, go to:

The Oracle Challenger Series, which combines the WTA 125K Series and the ATP Challenger Tour and features equal prize money, was created to offer American tennis players more opportunities and builds on Oracle’s commitment to help support U.S. tennis for men and women at both the collegiate and professional level.