Local Roundup ExStanford star to play Challenger
NorCal Staff | September 15, 2016
Local Roundup: Ex-Stanford star to play Challenger
Nicole Gibbs, the world’s 76th-ranked player, will compete in the $50,000 USTA Stockton Challenger, scheduled for July 10-17 at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center on the University of the Pacific campus.
This is the second year that the Challenger has taken place at Pacific. Nao Hibino of Japan was the event’s first singles champion in 2015.
Gibbs was a standout at Stanford University and was named the NCAA’s female tennis athlete of the year in 2012. Also that same year, Gibbs was an All-American in both singles and doubles, pulling off a sweep of both titles, which she was only the third player to do so in the same season. Gibbs has played in a number of WTA Premier Qualifiers and has played in qualifying for the US Open on three separate occasions. ADVERTISEMENT In 2014, she advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open after winning the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge to earn a spot into the main draw.
The Stockton Challenger, part of the USTA Pro Circuit, will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. Tournaments at the $50,000 level usually feature players ranked within the top 500 of the world rankings.
Tickets, including all-tournament passes, are now available at StocktonChallenger.com, with prices starting at just $10.