Mark Hurd supported tennis throughout his life. He played competitively in high school and was recruited to play for the Baylor University men’s tennis team, for which he earned a full scholarship. His achievements at the collegiate level led him to consider a professional tennis career before he eventually decided to enter the business world.
As the CEO of Oracle Corporation and a member of the board of directors, Mark Hurd continued to advocate for American tennis, a passion he shared with Oracle founder Larry Ellison. Mark Hurd noted similarities between the challenges he faced as a tennis player and those he faced as a CEO. In describing his approach to growing a company, he highlighted the ways in which his preparation for success in high-level tennis informed his approach to corporate leadership.
Mark Hurd continued to support the Baylor tennis program as an alumnus. The Hurd family contributed to the renovation of Baylor’s tennis facilities, including the addition of a new scoreboard, redesigned locker rooms and player spaces, and a renovated outdoor facility. Baylor renamed its upgraded tennis facilities the Hurd Tennis Center in 2011, in appreciation of the Hurd family’s support for Baylor University tennis.
Oracle has sponsored several tournaments in partnership with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), including the Oracle ITA Masters and Oracle ITA National Fall Championships. Oracle is also the title sponsor of the Oracle ITA Rankings, which tracks the performance of collegiate teams in Division I, II, and III.
In addition, Oracle supports collegiate athletes with the Oracle US Tennis Awards, a $100,000 grant awarded to college tennis players who demonstrate sportsmanship and skill to help support their professional careers.