San Diego native, Brandon Nakashima is enjoying the ATP's newest tournament site at the Barnes Tennis Center. This is the first time, the oceanside city has held an ATP Tour-level event, and Nakashima is thrilled to see more top tennis in his hometown. Ahead of his San Diego campaign he visited the USS Midway Museum alongside tournament director Ryan Redondo.

The two not only posed for photos, but also had a quick hitting session surrounded by historical naval aircraft. Nakashima was all smiles and is overall excited to play in front of his home crowd this week. Per usual, the weather is quite nice with a slight breeze and temperatures in the 70s, which Nakashima believes contributes to the high-level tennis scene.

"There were a lot of great juniors when I was playing," he told Baseline. "We built off each other and liked to compete with each other, so that definitely raised the level a lot. The facilities and weather around here is always great. There’s always great competition, so I definitely think that plays a role in the high level here."


Following the fun-filled day with the ATP 250 event's tournament director Ryan Redondo, the world No. 83 got in a solid practice at the Barnes Tennis Center with Marton Fucsovics. Fans filled the side of the court, excitedly looking on and taking in each second of Nakashima's practice.

The San Diego resident greeted fans after his hour-long practice session, and even posed for photos and signed autographs. It was a special moment for Nakashima fans who had an opportunity to chat with the rising star.

"I was always looking forward to this event in my hometown. I know I’m going to be getting a lot of support from friends and family around here, so that’s always nice," Nakashima says.

The 20-year-old takes on Fabio Fognini in the first round on Monday night.