There will soon be a new lower-tier professional tennis series in the U.S. that will include tournament opportunities in Florida, designed to significantly increase opportunities for aspiring American players.
The Oracle Pro Series is sponsored by the computer technology company Oracle, and is a schedule of more than 25 new ATP, WTA and ITF World Tennis Tour professional tournaments to be held across the United States over the course of 2019 and 2020. The Oracle Pro Series will create more than 40 percent new playing opportunities in the United States for tennis professionals.
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Nearly all the tournaments will be combined men’s and women’s events with equal prize money ranging from $25,000 to $108,000 per tournament. The six combined tournaments scheduled for the fall of 2019 offer equal prize money of $25,000 and will be played in California, Texas and Florida.
The 2019 Oracle Pro Series schedule is as follows:
Oct. 6-13 – The Claremont Club – Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 13-20 – Baylor University – Waco, Texas
Oct. 20-27 – Texas Christian University – Fort Worth, Texas (ATP)
Oct. 20-27 – Southern Methodist University – Dallas, Texas (WTA)
Nov. 4-10 – Pepperdine University – Malibu, Calif.
Nov. 11-17 – USTA National Campus – Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 17-24 – Sanchez-Casal Academy – Naples, Fla.
The circuit is in response to the ITF revamping tournaments into the ITF World Tour and offering fewer tournaments.
Florida-raised Jim Courier, the former No. 1 ranked player, will manage the series through his company InsideOut Sports & Entertainment.
“This is intended above all to help the pathway for players in the United States,” Courier said in an interview at the US Open. “In Europe, they have tournaments every week all over the continent at various levels for men and women. There are pockets in the American schedule where that is not the case. This is intended to fill those in.”
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