The Oracle Challenger Series aims to support upcoming American tennis players by giving them a chance to compete close to home. The inaugural Series, which consists of two ATP Challenger Tour events and two WTA 125k Series events held as combined tournaments, is the very first of its kind. Each Series event pays equal prize money for a total of $150,000 per tournament, with player participants to be determined by ATP and WTA rankings and procedures used at similar tournaments.
The prize money and the combined nature aren’t the only things that set the Oracle Challenger Series apart from similar events. American athletes are competing for more than just bragging rights and winnings, they’re battling for a chance to play on a much larger stage. The top two male and top two female American players, with the highest accumulated points over the course of the Series, will snag wildcards in their respective singles main draws at the BNP Paribas Open.
The second event in the series comes to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden the week before the BNP Paribas Open, from February 24 – March 4, 2018. This event is free and open to the public.
Oracle, the industry-leading technology company founded by BNP Paribas Open owner, Larry Ellison, has been a committed supporter of American tennis at both the collegiate and professional levels for years. “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.”
By offering the Wild Card entries for American players to the BNP Paribas Open, the Series builds on Oracle’s longstanding commitment to American tennis. This added incentive for American athletes is sure to result in some exciting action on the court!