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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Welcoming New Sponsor West Coast Tennis Tours; Fields Announced for Second Challenger in Oracle Series

Last month a new sponsor joined Zootennis.com: West Coast Tennis Tours.  The ad to the left links to the website of the venture, which has come together under the direction of West Nott, the former associate head coach of the University of Southern California's women's team.  Nott is planning an extensive summer circuit for junior and college players who want to compete during the summer, but are looking for  more guidance and structure than they might receive if they are left to put together their own schedule.  Bullet points on the tour are below:
  • May 15-August 12, 2018 
  • Matches all summer long going towards UTR 
  • 13 events, 50+ matches, singles, doubles, mixed 
  • Perfect for junior players who are in high school 
  • Perfect for college players who want to train/compete during summer 
  • San Diego to Seattle 
  • Road trip of a lifetime 
  • Coaching + college recruiting guidance from coaching team 
  • Smaller packages 2-3 weeks for sale: California Swing, Oregon Swing, Pacific Northwest Swing, Championship Swing

In addition to the West Coast tour, Nott is offering a trip to the NCAA Division I team championships at Wake Forest this May, via http://collegetennistours.com/.  Attending an NCAA team tournament should be on every junior player's bucket list; there is nothing more exciting and pressure-packed in the sport of tennis than an NCAA team championship.
  • May 17-22, 2018 
  • NCAA Team Championships hosted by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC 
  • Ultimate college viewing experience for all junior players aged 13-18 
  • Watch the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four matches for NCAA Team Championships in men's and women's tennis 
  • College recruiting seminar and guidance 
  • 4-star hotel accomodations 
  • Tennis specific fitness in the mornings before matches 
  • Tickets included 
  • Free airport transfers daily from Charlotte, NC 
  • 2-day, 3-day, 4-day, plus flexible packages for sale

Nott recently talked with Lisa Stone of ParentingAces.com about these two tours on her weekly podcast, which can be found here.  Contact information for the tours and Nott can be found at the two websites or at ParentingAces.com.

The fields for the second of two Oracle Challenger events were released today, with men's Newport Beach champion Taylor Fritz receiving main draw entry and women's Newport Beach champion Danielle Collins an alternate for the Indian Wells event, which begins February 24.  Both Fritz and Collins lead the competition that promises a main draw BNP Paribas Open wild card to the American man and woman who accumulate the most ATP/WTA points in the two events. 

No. 51 Naomi Osaka of Japan is the top-ranked woman in the draw, with Fritz, at 83, the top-ranked man overall.  

In addition to Fritz, American men in the draw of the $150K Challenger include Bjorn Fratangelo, Stefan Kozlov, Frances Tiafoe and Tim Smyczek. American women in the main draw are Jennifer Brady, Varvara Lepchenko, Alison Riske, Taylor Townsend, Sonya Kenin and Sachia Vickery.