February 28, 2018 - Danielle Collins and Taylor Fritz are presented wildcards to the BNP Paribas Open by Tournament Director Tommy Haas during the Oracle Challenger Series in Indian Wells, CA.
Four Americans earned main draw wild cards into the BNP Paribas Open as the second event in the inaugural Oracle Challenger Series concluded on Sunday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The Oracle Challenger Series – which kicked off last month with an event at the Newport Beach Tennis Club – gave American players the opportunity to compete for direct entrance to the main draws of the BNP Paribas Open, to be held March 5-18.
Bradley Klahn and Reilly Opelka – the second and third place finishers overall, respectively, captured the wild cards on the men’s side. The two Americans both had strong performances in Newport Beach, as Klahn was the singles runner-up and Opelka reached the semifinals. Opelka also recently reached the semifinals in Delray Beach. Fellow American Taylor Fritz finished in first place in the Series after a win in Newport Beach and a run to the semifinals in Indian Wells, but received direct entry into the BNP Paribas Open main draw on the basis of his current ranking.
The two American female players with the highest accumulated series points, Danielle Collins – winner of the women’s singles final at Newport Beach – and 2017 US Open girls’ singles champion Amanda Anisimova received wildcards to the women’s draw.
Women’s main draw action of the BNP Paribas Open begins on Wednesday, March 7, while the men get underway on Thursday, March 8.
The Oracle Challenger Series builds on Oracle’s commitment to help support U.S. tennis at both the professional and collegiate level.