CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia men’s tennis freshman Brandon Nakashima (San Diego, Calif.) will be competing this week at the Oracle Challenger Series – Indian Wells tournament in Indian Wells, Calif.
The tournament takes place from February 25 through March 3 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Live scoring will be available through the ATP Tour website.
Nakashima faced former Cavalier J.C. Aragone in the first-round, falling 6-1, 6-4.
“I was happy to get through today,” Aragone said. “It is never easy playing a fellow Hoo. UVA is in good hands!”
Former Cavalier Thai-Son Kwiatkowski will also be competing in the tournament. Aragone is currently ranked No. 254 and Kwiatkowski No. 267.
Nakashima was awarded a wildcard entry into the main draw of the tournament. He has an ATP ranking of 528 and an ITF Futures tournament title on his resume. This was his Challenger debut.
The Oracle Challenger Series was established in 2017 as a way to support up-and-coming American tennis players through opportunities to secure both ranking points and prize money. The Series visits four cities (Chicago, Houston, Phoenix and Indian Wells) with the top Americans also competing for wildcards into the BNP Paribas Open.