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2024 HURD AWARDS

Made possibly by a gift from the Hurd family, the Hurd Awards are player grants awarded annual. This year’s winners will be announced on March 10 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

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The Scholars & Scores Count! High School Grants program supports tennis programs in schools with socioeconomic needs nationwide.

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2023 hurd award recipients announced

HISTORY OF THE HURD AWARDS

HISTORY OF THE HURD AWARDS

In 2017, Mark Hurd, as co-CEO of Oracle Company launched the Oracle U.S. Tennis Awards: a pair of $100,000 grants given to two American college players who are continuing their professional development. The first recipients, UCLA Bruin Mackenzie McDonald and Virginia Cavalier Danielle Collins, each used the award funding to make substantial inroads in their first year on tour. In addition to the Oracle U.S. Tennis awards, Mark Hurd helped upgrade American players' developmental opportunities by creating an invaluable network of Challenger events in the U.S. and also was a huge proponent of the game-changing UTR Rating system.

    PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

    PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

    The complete list of award winners, their alma maters, and their career-high ATP/WTA singles rankings:

    • 2017: Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA, No. 37); Danielle Collins (above) (University of Virginia, No. 7);
    • 2018: Christopher Eubanks (Georgia Tech, No. 29); Francesca di Lorenzo (Ohio State University, No. 118);
    • 2019: J.C. Aragone (University of Virginia, No. 224); Jamie Loeb (University of North Carolina, No. 132)
    • 2020: JJ Wolf (Ohio State, No. 39); Sophie Whittle (Gonzaga, No. 399).
    • 2023: Andrew Fenty (Michigan), Peyton Stearns (Texas, No. 43)

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      Hurd Awards Council

      Award recipients are evaluated by Paula Hurd (Chairperson of Universal Tennis Foundation & Member of Baylor's Board of Regents); Lindsay Davenport (former world No. 1 & 3-time Grand Slam singles champion); Tracy Austin (former world No. 1 & 2-time Grand Slam singles champion; Mary Joe Fernandez (former world No. 1 & 2-time Olympic doubles gold medalist); Peggy Michel (3-time Grand Slam doubles champion & Assistant Tournament Director of the BNP Paribas Open); Todd Martin (former world No. 4 & 2-time Grand Slam singles finalist); Gordon Uehling (former ATP pro & coaching advisor to Novak Djokovic); Stephen Amritraj (former ATP pro/coach); and Chase Hodges (UTR Sports Vice President).

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