The final tournament of the Oracle Challenger Series takes place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on February 25 through March 3, after prior events in Chicago, Houston, and Newport Beach, California. The competition will feature 25 contenders from the top-100-ranked American tennis players.
The two women and two men who have accumulated the most points over the course of the Challenger Series’ four tournaments will receive wild card entry into the 2019 BNP Paribas Open, which also takes place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and kicks off March 4.
These tournaments are part of a larger effort by Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison and CEO Mark Hurd to advance and develop up-and-coming American tennis players.
Tennis players in the United States need more chances to compete at home and more chances to earn a living from the sport. Oracle is committed to American tennis and these events are designed to provide opportunities for players to make meaningful gains in both prize money and ranking points on their home soil.” – Mark Hurd
The women’s draw features nine competitors. Alison Risk, ranked No. 52 by the World Tennis Association (WTA), and Jessica Pegula, who broke into the WTA top 100 after her January 2019 win at the Oracle Challenger Series in Newport Beach, currently lead the women’s field in total points. The men’s draw is led by Taylor Fritz and Bradley Klahn, both of whom have already secured entry into the BNP Paribas Open through other competitions. Reilly Opelka, the Oracle Challenger Series Chicago runner-up for 2019 and a 2018 Newport Beach semifinalist, is in third place but is in the lead for the remaining wild card draw.