Houston, we have tennis! The second stop on the Road to Indian Wells will take place at the George R. Brown Tennis Center at Rice University on November 10-18, 2018. This event will mark the second tournament in the 2018-2019 Oracle Challenger Series – which began in September in Chicago.
The Oracle Challenger Series launched earlier this year with the mission of providing new opportunities for up-and-coming American tennis players to secure both ranking points and prize money. The 2018-2019 Series began in Chicago and will continue in Houston, culminating at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open, the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The two American women and two American men who accumulate the most points over the course of the Series will receive wild cards into their respective singles main draws in Indian Wells.
After the first event, Reilly Opelka tops the leaderboard on the men’s side, while Sachia Vickery leads the way for the women. Player lists for the Houston event will be announced at the end of October.
The Houston tournament will be a joint ATP Challenger Tour/WTA 125K Series event and pay equal prize money ($150,000 per Tour) for a total of $300,000. Both the women’s and men’s draws will consist of 32 singles players, 16 qualifying players and 16 doubles teams. The event will be free and open to the public.