Oracle supports three major tennis competitions in March: the final Oracle Challenger Series tournament at Indian Wells; the BNP Paribas Open professional tournament; and the BNP Paribas Collegiate Tennis Challenge. All of these events take place at Oracle chairman and chief technology officer Larry Ellison’s Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
During the event, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd met with media to talk about the sport, business, and the ways in which these two worlds mirror each other.
You’re playing an individual sport, you’re individually accountable for your results, but you do it within a team concept. It’s very similar to business. So I think there’s a whole set of disciplines that come out of it that are very conducive to the business world.” – Mark Hurd
Tennis.com’s Steve Tignor interviewed Hurd during the Challenger Series at Indian Wells. Their conversation covered a wide range of subjects, including Oracle’s U.S. Tennis Award grants, Hurd’s lifelong involvement with the sport, and Hurd’s “kindred spirit” in tennis fandom, Larry Ellison.
During the BNP Paribas Open, Hurd also sat down with Brett Haber and Jon Wertheim for a Tennis Channel Live interview. Haber called Hurd “one of the leading patrons of college tennis” in the United States and noted that Hurd sat next to 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras at a recent BNP Paribas Open match. Wertheim highlighted Hurd’s collegiate tennis career at Baylor and his long-standing support of Baylor tennis, which includes the development of the school’s Hurd Tennis Center.