Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Tiburon Challenger canceled because of pandemic

Tommy Paul, playing in the 2018 Tiburon (Calif.) Chal-
enger, won last year's singles title. Photo by Paul Bauman
   This year's Tiburon (Calif.) Challenger has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, tournament organizers announced today.
   The Challenger had been scheduled for Sept. 28 to Oct. 4. Organizers plan to hold the tournament in 2021 on dates to be determined.
   Tommy Paul of Boca Raton, Fla., won last year's singles title, and Robert Galloway of Greenville, S.C., and Roberto Maytin of Venezuela took the doubles crown.
   Paul, 22, is ranked a career-high No. 57 (sixth in the United States) after missing three months last year with a left quadriceps/knee injury and five months in 2018 with a right elbow problem.
   Paul got off to a hot start this year before the tour was suspended in March. He reached the semifinals in Adelaide as a qualifier, the third round of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals in Acapulco as a qualifier. Paul then won his Davis Cup debut, routing veteran Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-3, 6-0 in the United States' 4-0 victory in Honolulu.
   In 2015, Paul joined John McEnroe (1977) and Bjorn Fratangelo (2011) as the only Americans to win the French Open boys singles title.

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