The Oracle Challenger Series is excited to announce that former doubles World No. 1 and multiple-time Grand Slam doubles champion Danie Visser has joined the team as Tournament Director.
A former professional player from Rustenburg, South Africa; Visser turned pro in 1982 and amassed a remarkable resumé of on-court accolades throughout his 15 years on Tour. A doubles specialist, he won 17 titles throughout his career highlighted by three Grand Slam doubles titles (1990 US Open, 1990 Australian Open and 1993 Australian Open). In January 1990, Visser achieved the ranking of World No. 1 and solidified himself as one of the best doubles players in the history of the sport.
While many years removed from his playing days, Visser has remained heavily involved in tennis through coaching professionally on Tour as well as hosting tennis-focused vacation tours of his native South Africa. Now, he will take on a new role in the sport as he joins the Oracle Challenger Series team as Tournament Director.
Having reached tennis’ most elite level as a player, Visser is eager about the opportunity to see the game from a completely new angle. “I’m excited to be on the other side of the fence this time around and watch as these players progress and make their way up through the rankings” noted Visser. “I’m happy to be joining the Oracle Challenger Series team and to have the opportunity to help support these players with more opportunities.”
As a former World No. 1 and Grand Slam champion, Visser’s resumé includes achievements that very few players throughout history have accomplished. Believing that his success on Tour will benefit him in his new role as Tournament Director, Visser explained that “my experience in playing professionally for 15 years will afford me a lot of added insight into understanding the players needs, as well as ensuring our events are enjoyable for all and have a healthy environment for competition.”
While Newport Beach will be Visser’s first event as Tournament Director, he is well acquainted with the unique value that the Oracle Challenger Series provides to American players. Throughout its first three years, the Series has helped up-and-coming American competitors earn ranking points, prize money and the chance at main draw entry into the world’s largest combined two-week event at the annual BNP Paribas Open. “The Series’ unique mission to support and give young American players the opportunity to develop their talent and have a greater chance of advancing in the professional ranks is the tournament’s greatest benefit” acknowledged Visser.
The Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach – to be held January 27 – February 2, 2020 at the Newport Beach Tennis Club – is now within reach and only a few weeks away. Get your tickets today and don’t miss your opportunity to see who emerges from the pack and moves closer to wild card entry into the 2020 BNP Paribas Open!