Oracle to Add More Than 25 New Pro Tennis Tournaments in the United States
Blog: Oracle BPM
Oracle announced today the creation of the Oracle Pro Series, a schedule of more than 25 new ATP, WTA, and ITF World Tennis Tour professional tournaments to be held across the United States over the course of 2019 and 2020. The Oracle Pro Series will create more than 40% new playing opportunities in the United States for tennis professionals.
Nearly all the tournaments will be combined men’s and women’s events with equal prize money ranging from $25,000 to $108,000 per tournament. The six combined tournaments scheduled for the fall of 2019 offer equal prize money of $25,000 and will be played in California, Texas, and Florida. The 2019 Oracle Pro Series schedule is as follows:
October 6 – 13 – The Claremont Club – Los Angeles, California
October 13 – 20 – Baylor University – Waco, Texas
October 20 – 27 – Texas Christian University – Fort Worth, Texas (ATP)
October 20 – 27 – Southern Methodist University – Dallas, Texas (WTA)
November 4 – 10 – Pepperdine University – Malibu, California
November 11 – 17 – USTA National Campus – Orlando, Florida
November 17 – 24 – Sanchez-Casal Academy – Naples, Florida
The final schedule for 2020 will include more than 20 tournaments, most of which will be combined events. Locations will be announced later this year.
“At Oracle, we’re looking at this holistically,” said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. “We want more exposure for tennis at all levels in the United States. All of our efforts, from awards to tournament series to collegiate sponsorships and strategic partnerships, are pieces of an overall plan to raise the quality of American tennis.”
In addition to more playing opportunities in the US, the Oracle Pro Series will expand the pathway for the next generation of aspiring champions from college tennis up to the ATP Tour and the WTA Tour. The Oracle Pro Series will reward success with immediate access to higher-level tournaments by connecting all Oracle events into one merit-based path to the highest levels of international professional tennis.
Oracle is partnering with InsideOut Sports & Entertainment, led by former World #1 and Hall of Famer Jim Courier and his business partner Jon Venison, to manage the Oracle Pro Series. InsideOut brings more than 15 years of experience producing live and televised events.
“The Oracle Pro Series is an unprecedented expansion in the number of U.S. professional tournaments and reinforces Oracle’s commitment to advancing the sport,” said Courier. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Oracle to give up-and-coming players more opportunities to compete for prize money, improve their rankings and launch their careers. Together, we will play a big part in influencing the future of tennis in the US.”
Oracle also supports collegiate tennis through sponsorship of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). This includes hosting several marquee ITA championship events throughout the year such as the Oracle ITA Masters and the Oracle ITA Fall Championships. At the grassroots level, Oracle supports tennis through its strategic partnership with Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). UTR leverages Oracle’s industry-leading cloud technology to power its algorithm-based, big-data rating system and digital platform