The Oracle Challenger Series provides new opportunities for up-and-coming American tennis players to secure both ranking points and prize money by giving them a chance to compete close to home as well as earn a coveted wild card into the BNP Paribas Open. The Series began in early 2018 with inaugural events in Newport Beach and Indian Wells.
In the Series’ first year; Americans Reilly Opelka, Bradley Klahn, Danielle Collins and Amanda Anisimova topped the Road to Indian Wells Leaderboard and earned main draw wild cards into the 2018 BNP Paribas Open. Collins and Anisimova made the most of their opportunity, as each advanced to the Round of 16.
The 2018-2019 Series expanded to include events in Chicago and Houston, in addition to Newport Beach and Indian Wells. Reilly Opelka, Donald Young, Lauren Davis and Jessica Pegula earned the four wild cards into the main draw of the 2019 BNP Paribas Open.
The 2019-2020 Oracle Challenger Series will begin in New Haven, CT before making its return to Houston in November.
Each tournament in the Series is a joint ATP Challenger Tour/WTA 125K Series event and pays equal prize money ($162,000 per Tour) for a total of $300,000. All Oracle Challenger Series tournaments are free and open to the public.
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.
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!