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Ernesto Escobedo

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Full name: Ernesto Escobedo III
Nickname: Neto
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Bio He 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.

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. He is of Mexican descent. Escobedo's cousin Emilio Nava is also a tennis player.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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