Today Oracle announced the launch of four new professional tennis tournaments for the 2018 season in conjunction with the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
The Oracle Challenger Series consists of two ATP Challenger Tour events and two WTA 125K Series events that will operate as combined events.The Newport Beach Tennis Club in California will host the first tournament on January 20th through the 28th, and the second tournament will be hosted at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the BNP Paribas Open, in California from February 24th through March 4th.
Each event will offer prize money totaling up to $150,000 per tournament. ATP and WTA rankings and procedures will determine player participation in the Oracle Challenger Series. In addition, the top two male and female participants with the highest accumulated points of each event will be awarded wild cards into the 2018 BNP Paribas Open. Held in March at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the BNP Paribas Open is the most-attended WTA Premier and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament in the world. Oracle founder Larry Ellison acquired ownership of the BNP Paribas Open in 2009.
“Tennis players in the United States need more chances to compete at home and more chances to earn a living from the sport,” said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. “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. We hope to continue to grow the number of events annually in the years ahead.”
Oracle has supported the growth of American tennis at both professional and collegiate levels. In 2015, Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) formed a partnership, where Oracle became a major sponsor and supporter. Currently, the three major ITA tournaments and events that Oracle sponsors are the Oracle ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, the Oracle ITA Masters, and the Oracle ITA Fall National Championships. Mark Hurd has been an active supporter between the organizations and continues to build Oracle’s support for the ITA and the future of tennis.
For program news and announcements, visit Oraclechallengerseries.com.