Oracle’s executive chairman and chief technology officer Larry Ellison and CEO Mark Hurd share a passion for tennis, and that passion has resulted in Oracle becoming a major supporter of US tennis players.
In 2018, Oracle announced the Oracle Challenger Series, a four-tournament American tour that awards the top two men and women entry into the main draw at Indian Wells, one of the premier professional tournaments in the world.
The Yale Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut, marks the first stop in the 2019 Oracle Challenger Series, which takes place September 2nd through the 8th. The women’s tournament will include tennis star Gloria Gavrilova, who won her first Women’s Tennis Association title in 2017 as an unseeded player.
Mark Hurd believes in the importance of providing talented tennis players with the opportunity to fulfill their dreams while also strengthening the support for tennis in America.
We want to help improve the overall quality of American tennis. We’re trying to come at this strategically – helping collegians and young professionals so they can develop into the game’s next stars.
– Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, Oracle Challenger Series Interview
Read more about the first stop in the Oracle Challenger Series in the Hartford Courant.