Nicole Gibbs plays Taylor Townsend on court 20 during the Oracle Challenger Series on Thursday February 28, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Oracle Challenger Series)
Americans Jack Sock, Jessica Pegula, Steve Johnson, Donald Young, Jennifer Brady and Christina McHale To Compete
The Oracle Challenger Series, to be held September 2-8, 2019 at the Yale Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut, has released its player entry lists today, which are 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 an exciting 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 Series doubles champion Taylor Townsend. They will be challenged by a strong international pool of competitors including Monica Niculescu (ROU), who has accumulated three singles and nine doubles titles on Tour; Barbora Krejcikova (CZE), who captured the Roland Garros and Wimbledon doubles titles in 2018; Daria Gavrilova (AUS), former Connecticut Open champion (2017); and Margarita Gasparyan (RUS), current World No. 59 and two-time WTA title winner.
On the men’s side, the field is highlighted 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. American 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 that accumulate the most points throughout the Series. 2019 Indian Wells doubles champion and Series veteran Marcos Giron will make his 5th 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 US 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. The remaining spots in the draws will be filled by wild cards, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
The first stop on the 2019-2020 Road to Indian Wells will bring professional tennis back to New Haven, signifying the first pro event hosted in the area since the departure of the WTA-sanctioned Connecticut Open in 2018. All matches will be played at the Yale Tennis Varsity Courts located at 279 Derby Ave, West Haven, CT, 06516. Admission to the Oracle Challenger Series is free. Parking is available on site for $10 per car.
Additionally, the Series’ inaugural 2019-2020 tournament will feature the Oracle Champions Cup, an Invesco Series QQQ event, on Saturday, September 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. Tickets are available at https://www.invescoseries.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.