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Oracle Challenger in Houston headlined by Watson & Muhammad

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The Oracle Challenger Series has released its entry lists today for the upcoming Houston Event, which are led by Former WTA No. 28 Monica Niculescu and 2018 Australian Open quarterfinalist Tennys Sandgren.

Heather Watson, who is coming off of a good year so far, will be in the line up of players hoping to break into the top 80 in effort to secure direct entry into the 2019 Australian Open. In addition, Asia Muhammad will compete to improve her ranking and join the top 100 club for the 2018 year-end rankings. WTA players are working frantically to maintain and improve their rankings for this year and the stage is surely set in Houston, Texas for these ladies to prove themselves as top contenders.

A deep women’s field includes Niculescu, who has accumulated three singles and eight doubles titles on Tour; Genie Bouchard, who is a former Wimbledon Singles Finalist; and Heather Watson, who is a Grand Slam Mixed Doubles Champion. They will be challenged by a group of Americans including McHale, who is a former Top 25-ranked player; and Di Lorenzo, who was awarded the 2018 Oracle US Tennis Award – which awards $100,000 to an American that played college tennis and is embarking on his or her professional tennis career.

On the men’s side the field is highlighted by Sandgren, an American currently ranked No. 61, who reached the quarterfinals in Stockholm just last week. Jared Donaldson, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 48 after a Semifinal appearance at the 2018 Mexican Open, will look to break back into the Top 100. Bradley Klahn’s performance in the Oracle Challenger Series last year allowed him to capture one of the two wild card spots into the BNP Paribas Open, offered to the top two men’s and women’s players that accumulate the most points in the Series. ATP World Tour all-time ace leader Ivo Karlovic and Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis will also debut.

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New to the Oracle Challenger Series, the Houston event will award one male and one female student-athlete from Rice University wild cards into their respective main draws. Remaining spots in both main and qualifying draws will be filled by additional wild cards, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2018-2019 Oracle Challenger Series, which began in Chicago in September, will continue in Houston and culminate at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open, the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The two American women and two American men who accumulate the most points over the course of the Series will receive wild cards into their respective singles main draws in Indian Wells.

In addition, the tournament is recruiting ball kids and volunteers for the event in Houston.

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Players set for Newport Beach Oracle Challenger Series

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Player lists for the upcoming Newport Beach event were announced today, giving tennis fans plenty to cheer about. Among those slated to appear in Newport Beach are multiple Grand Slam doubles champions, past Oracle Challenger Series finalists and over 30 American players competing for the coveted Oracle Challenger Series wild cards into March’s BNP Paribas Open.

Play begins January 21st and extends through January 28th at the Newport Beach Tennis Club.

Players:

ATP

JC Aragone

Marcelo Arevalo

Thomaz Bellucci

Benjamin Bonzi

Roberto Cid Subervi

Gastao Elias

Ernesto Escobedo 

Victor Estrella Burgos

Christopher Eubanks 

Bjorn Fratangelo 

Daniel Elahi Galan

Santiago Giraldo 

Tallon Griekspoor

Christian Harrison 

Jason Jung 

Miomir Kecmanovic 

Darian King 

Evan King

Bradley Klahn

Dominik Koepfer

Mitchell Krueger 

Duckhee Lee

Paolo Lorenzi

Mackenzie McDonald

Michael Mmoh

Dennis Novikov

Goncalo Oliveira 

Reilly Opelka

Tommy Paul

Filip Peliwo

Danilo Petrovic

Peter Polansky

Roberto Quiroz

Noah Rubin

Brayden Schnur

Jack Sock

Kaichi Uchida

Mario Vilella Martinez

Donald Young 

WTA

Sofia Kenin

Rebecca Peterson

Tatjana Maria

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

Eugenie Bouchard

Madison Brengle

Taylor Townsend

Coco Vandeweghe

Sachia Vickery

Jessica Pegula 

Sofya Zhuk

Yanina Wickmayer

Nicole Gibbs

Misaki Doi 

Varvara Lepchenko

Veronica Royg Cepede

Marie Bouzkova

Claire Liu

Jil Teichmann 

Christina Mchale

Bianca V Andreescu 

Allie Kiick 

Francesca Di Lorenzo

Danielle Lao 

Lauren Davis

Jamie Loeb 

Jia-Jing Lu

Kristie Ahn

Katherine Sebov

Rebecca C Marino

Mayo Hibi

Sesil Karatantcheva

Olivia Rogowska

Renata Zarazua 

Kristina Kucova

Valeria Savinykh

Robin Anderson 

Jovana Jaksic

Gail Brodsky 

Harmony Tan 

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