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Oracle Challenger Series to Return to Newport Beach & Indian Wells in 2019
NEWPORT BEACH, CA. December 1, 2018 – The Oracle Challenger Series announced today that it will be returning to Southern California for two events in early 2019, to be held at the Newport Beach Tennis Club on January 21-27, 2019 and at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on February 25 – March 3, 2019.
The Oracle Challenger Series launched earlier this year with inaugural events in Newport Beach and Indian Wells. Taylor Fritz and Danielle Collins captured the titles in Newport Beach, while Sara Errani and Martin Klizan triumphed in Indian Wells. The Series, which has a mission of providing new opportunities for up-and-coming American tennis players to secure both ranking points and prize money, restarted earlier this year, expanding to include events in Chicago (September 2-9) and now Houston (Nov. 10-18).
The Newport Beach and Indian Wells tournaments will conclude the 2018-2019 Series, and be instrumental in determining which two American male and female players receive wild cards into their respective singles main draws at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open. The two American women and two American men who accumulate the most points over the course of the four events in the Series will be awarded the wild cards into the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world, held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Last year, Bradley Klahn, Reilly Opelka, Danielle Collins and Amanda Anisimova earned the wild cards. Collins and Anisimova made the most of the opportunity as they each reached the Round of 16, the best performances of their professional careers to date.
“Oracle launched the Challenger Series to help more tennis players compete at a high level here in the United States,’’ said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. “We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from players and fans, and Oracle is committed to the Series in 2019. Newport Beach and Indian Wells are terrific venues for winter tennis. We’d love to see a big turnout from fans.’’
Each tournament in the Series is a joint ATP Challenger Tour/WTA 125K Series event and pays equal prize money ($150,000 per Tour) for a total of $300,000. All Oracle Challenger Series tournaments are free and open to the public.
Indian Wells Honored for Fifth Consecutive Year
INDIAN WELLS, Calif., November 9, 2018 – For a record-tying fifth consecutive year, the BNP Paribas Open – held each March at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden – has been voted the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year, as determined by player vote.
The BNP Paribas Open, the largest WTA and ATP World Tour combined two-week event in the world, has swept the top tournament honors on both the men’s and women’s Tours each year since 2014. The Masters 1000 designation is the highest category on the ATP World Tour, outside of the Tour Finals, and includes the tournaments in Miami, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, Cincinnati, Canada, Shanghai, and Paris, in addition to Indian Wells.
“We are honored and humbled that for the fifth straight year, our event has been recognized by the players as “Tournament of the Year,” Tournament Director Tommy Haas said. “Our entire staff works incredibly hard to deliver a world-class experience, and our goal will be to make the 2019 event even better this March.”
Each year, the BNP Paribas Open strives to ensure that continuous improvements to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden make the event a premier destination for fans, players, media and sponsors. A full-scale renovation to Stadium 1 in 2017 added more than 21 new restaurants and concessions to the second-largest tennis stadium in the world, while players enjoy top-notch facilities, amenities and practice courts. Continuously at the forefront of innovation in the tennis world and the sporting industry as a whole, the BNP Paribas Open remains the only tournament in the world to have Hawk-Eye on all match courts for both main draw and qualifying matches.
The BNP Paribas Open is known throughout the tennis community as “Tennis Paradise” – a reflection of the stunning natural beauty and backdrop of the desert landscape, highlighted by the world-class tennis players that participate in the renowned global event. For more information about the BNP Paribas Open and to purchase tickets to the 2019 event, visit bnpparibasopen.com.
About the BNP Paribas Open
The BNP Paribas Open is the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world, and is held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The tournament offers more than $14 million in prize money, and is the only event to provide the Hawkeye line challenge system on all match courts, including qualifying rounds. For more information, visit www.bnpparibasopen.com.
About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 75 countries, with more than 189,000 employees, including more than 146,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors.
The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporate and institutional clients) to realize their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.
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