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Ernesto "Neto" Escobedo III (/ˈnɛt ˌɛskəˈbd/ NET-oh ES-kə-BAYD-oh;[2] Spanish: [eɾˈnesto ˈneto eskoˈβeðo],[3] born July 4, 1996) is an American tennis player who has won two ATP Challenger titles. He is part of the current class of NextGen players that includes many fellow Americans such as Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz who are considered the best young prospects to become the next generation of tennis stars.

Ernesto Escobedo
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Escobedo at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceWest Covina, California, USA
Born (1996-07-04) July 4, 1996 (age 23)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro2014
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachPeter Lucassen
Prize money$760,071
Singles
Career record14–27 (34.1%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 67 (5 July 2017)
Current rankingNo. 288 (22 July 2019)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2017)
French Open1R (2017)
Wimbledon1R (2017)
US Open2R (2016)
Doubles
Career record1–2 (33.3%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 483 (13 November 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open2R (2017)
Last updated on: July 28, 2019.

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Personal lifeEdit

Escobedo began playing tennis at the age of 4. His father Ernesto Jr. briefly played professional tennis, and his aunt Xóchitl Escobedo was a Top 300 player who competed in the 1988 Olympics. [4] He is of Mexican descent.[5] Escobedo's cousin Emilio Nava is also a tennis player.

CareerEdit

2016: Multiple Challenger titlesEdit

Escobedo reached his first ATP Challenger final at São Paulo in April 2016 to advance him to a career-high ranking inside the top 300. With that success, he became the seventh American teenager to reach a Challenger final in the previous seven months.[6]

He won his first career ATP match at the Aegon Open in Nottingham against Top 100 player Diego Schwartzman shortly before turning 20 years old. The next month, he won his first Challenger title at Lexington over fellow up-and-coming American Frances Tiafoe. With this victory, he also won the US Open Wild Card Challenge to earn a wild card into the main draw of the final grand slam of the year. Escobedo put this wild card to good use by defeating Lukas Lacko in the first round to crack the Top 200 for the first time and record his first career grand slam match win.

Towards the end of the season, Escobedo returned to Monterrey where he had made the semifinals the previous year, and defended his points by winning the title over Denis Kudla.

2017: Top 100Edit

 
Escobedo at the 2017 French Open

To start the year, Escobedo continued to improve upon his success from 2016. He qualified for the Australian Open and then won his first round match against fellow NextGen player Daniil Medvedev. The following month, he was awarded a wild card into the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, an ATP 500 event in Acapulco. At this tournament, he again won first round match over fellow American Stefan Kozlov.

In March, Escobedo was able to qualify for his first Masters event at the 2017 Miami Open, where he upset No. 43 Dan Evans to break through into the Top 100 of the ATP rankings. To start the clay court season, Escobedo played at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston and reached his first career ATP quarterfinal and semifinal, climbing to a career-high ranking of 73 with this success. His tournament was highlighted by a quarterfinal win over No. 2 seed and fellow American John Isner.

2018Edit

In February, Escobedo was able to qualify for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco. He defeated top-ranked American Jack Sock in the first round for his first Top 10 win, continuing his success at tournaments in Mexico.

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 10 (3–7)Edit

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (3–2)
ITF Futures Tour (0–5)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–6)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2013 USA F24, Costa Mesa Futures Hard   Haythem Abid 1–6, 6–4, 5–7
Loss 0–2 Nov 2013 Mexico F19, Mérida Futures Hard   Nicolas Meister 7–6(7–4), 1–6, 6–7(7–9)
Loss 0–3 May 2015 Mexico F4, Córdoba Futures Hard   Darian King 5–7, 7–5, 4–6
Loss 0–4 Jun 2015 USA F16B, Charlottesville Futures Hard   Tennys Sandgren 4–6, 4–6
Loss 0–5 Sep 2015 USA F27, Costa Mesa Futures Hard   Ryan Shane 4–6, 3–6
Loss 0–6 Apr 2016 São Paulo, Brazil Challenger Clay   Gonzalo Lama 2–6, 2–6
Win 1–6 Jul 2016 Lexington, US Challenger Hard   Frances Tiafoe 6–2, 6–7(6–8), 7–6(7–3)
Loss 1–7 Sep 2016 Cary, US Challenger Hard   James McGee 6–1, 1–6, 4–6
Win 2–7 Oct 2016 Monterrey, Mexico Challenger Hard   Denis Kudla 6–4, 6–4
Win 3–7 Jul 2019 Granby, Canada Challenger Hard   Yasutaka Uchiyama 7-6(7-5), 6–4

Singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current till 2018 Delray Beach Open.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 2R Q3 Q1 0 / 1 1–1 50%
French Open A A A 1R Q1 A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wimbledon A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open Q3 A 2R 1R Q2 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–4 0–0 0 / 5 2–5 29%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A Q1 Q1 2R A 0 / 1 1-1
Miami Open A A A 2R Q2 A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Madrid Open A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Italian Open A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Canadian Open A A 2R A A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Cincinnati Open A A A Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–4 0–0 0 / 4 2–4 33%
Career Statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 2–4 9–15 1–3 12–22
Year-end Ranking 538 393 141 120 35%

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

Season 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 1 1
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score EE
Rank
2018
1.   Jack Sock 10 Acapulco, Mexico Hard 1R 7–5, 7–6(7–3) 123

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP Profile
  2. ^ ATPWorldTour (30 August 2016). "Escobedo Looks Back On First Grand Slam Win At US Open 2016". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  3. ^ "The pronunciation by Ernesto Escobedo himself". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Ernesto Escobedo grinds out win in Citi Open qualifier". Washington Post. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Mexican-American Ernesto Escobedo into Semifinals". Monterrey Open. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Escobedo Becomes Newest Teen To Excel In Challengers". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 19 May 2016.

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