The Oracle Challenger Series has expanded rapidly this year, with two new tournaments announced in the past two months. Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, a former collegiate tennis player and a lifelong tennis fan, recently sat down with Oracle’s Challenger Series blog to talk about his commitment to the sport and his efforts to promote tennis in the United States.
At Oracle, we want to help improve the overall quality of American tennis. We’re helping collegians and young professionals so they can develop into the game’s next stars. We’re also using Oracle’s know-how with data to help tennis players improve performance through quantitative feedback. We’re not just talking – we’re putting our resources behind it.”
– Mark Hurd, CEO, Oracle
During the interview, Mark Hurd noted Oracle founder and CTO Larry Ellison’s commitment to tennis, particularly his work developing the Indian Wells Tennis Garden into a world-class site for pro tennis tournaments. He also highlighted one key reason for Oracle’s support of the Challenger Series: there are far fewer Challenger events held on American courts today than there were a decade ago, and underscored his dedication to developing a stronger and more sustainable tennis infrastructure in the United States.