Oracle Challenger Series announces players for inaugural tennis tournament

Jack Sock
Jack Sock

The player entry list for the Oracle Challenger Series, to be held Sept. 2-8 at the Yale Tennis Center, is led by 32 Americans, including former ATP Tour Top 10 player Jack Sock, 2019 Citi Open singles champion Jessica Pegula, and Oracle Challenger Series Houston Champion Bradley Klahn.

World No. 56 Pegula leads the women’s field, and is joined by World No. 70 Jennifer Brady, who was a finalist at the 2019 Series finale at Indian Wells; Christina McHale, a former Top 25 singles player; and two-time Oracle Series doubles champion Taylor Townsend. They will be challenged by an international pool of competitors including Monica Niculescu (Romania), who has accumulated three singles and nine doubles titles on tour; Barbora Krejcikova (Czechoslovakia), who captured the Roland Garros and Wimbledon doubles titles in 2018; Daria Gavrilova (Australia), former Connecticut Open champion (2018); and Margarita Gasparyan (Russia), current World No. 59 and two-time WTA title winner.

The men’s field is led by by Klahn, the 2018 Houston champion, and Denis Istomin, the 2018 Chicago champion. World No. 79 Steve Johnson, a four-time ATP Tour singles winner, will make his Oracle Challenger Series debut. Donald Young’s performance in the Oracle Challenger Series last year included semifinal appearances in both Chicago and Indian Wells, allowing 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 who accumulate the most points throughout the Oracle Series. Marcos Giron, 2019 Indian Wells doubles champion and Oracle Series veteran, will make his fifth series appearance. Chilean Nicholas Jarry, who has registered two Top 10 wins this season, enters the field, along with ATP Tour No. 60 Cameron Norrie.

Oracle U.S. Tennis Award recipients JC Aragone (2019), Christopher Eubanks (2018), and Francesca Di Lorenzo (2018) will also compete in the main draw at New Haven. The award, given out annually at the BNP Paribas Open, provides $100,000 grants to one male and one female professional who demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship and an aptitude for success on the pro tour.

New Haven is the first stop on the 2019-2020 Road to Indian Wells. All matches will be played at the Yale Tennis Varsity Courts located at 279 Derby Ave.

In addition, the series’ inaugural 2019-2020 tournament will feature the Oracle Champions Cup, an Invesco Series QQQ event, on Saturday, Sept. 7. The one-night tournament is part of the competitive circuit featuring legendary tennis icons and world-renowned champions, and will be headlined by Fairfield, Connecticut native and former World No. 4 James Blake; 2003 U.S. Open Champion and former World No. 1 Andy Roddick; former World No. 2 Tommy Haas; and two-time Davis Cup titlist and former World No. 8 Mark Philippoussis.

Admission to the Oracle Challenger Series is free by registering for a free ticket at the Invesco Series website. Parking is available on site for $10 per car.

The 2019-2020 Oracle Challenger Series will continue in Houston on November 10-17, 2019, with additional stops to be announced in the coming months. The Challenger Series culminates at the 2020 BNP Paribas Open, the largest ATP Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world, held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The tournament is recruiting ball persons and volunteers for the event in New Haven. Those wishing to participate should email ballkids@oraclechallengerseries.com. For more information about the Oracle Challenger Series, visit the Oracle Challenger Series website.

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