Oracle Challenger Series brings new tournament at Rice University

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Oracle Challenger Series brings new tournament at Rice University

Back in July, the Oracle Challenger Series has announced the addition of the new $150,000 Challenger event in Chicago that will be played between September 3-9 and there is another new tournament at this level to be held in the penultimate week of the Challenger season.

Between November 12-18, the George R. Brown Tennis Center at Rice University will host a joined $150,000 Challenger and WTA 125K Series events, offering a great possibility for the players to earn some serious points in the closing stages of the year.

As always, the Oracle Challenger Series will try to make a positive impact on the local communities and will be donating $5,000 to the local Houston chapter of the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network, and the tournament will be free and open to the public, just like Chicago.

The 2018-2019 Oracle Series starts in Chicago and continues in Houston, culminating at 2019 Indian Wells where the two American players (both men and women) who collect the most points will earn the main draw wild cards.

“Houston is a terrific addition to the Oracle Challenger Series, coming shortly after the event we announced in Chicago for September,’’ said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. “Tennis players in the United States need more chances to compete at home and more chances to earn a living from the sport.

Oracle is committed to creating more Challenger events to give the nation’s best players the opportunities to be successful. We’re also hosting the events at some of the best venues in the country where fans can get an up-close look at some outstanding tennis.’’

“We’re thrilled to welcome the Oracle Challenger Series to the George R.

Brown Tennis Center in Houston this November,” said Efe Ustundag, Head Men’s Tennis Coach at Rice University. “Having a combined professional tournament at our venue is a terrific opportunity to continue growing the sport in our city, and we look forward to welcoming all of the players and fans for a fantastic event,” added Elizabeth Schmidt, Head Women’s Tennis Coach.

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