BNP Paribas Open "Hit For Haiti" Exhibition to Be Presented by Oracle

Oracle Sets Fundraising Goal at $1 Million; Stefanie Graf, Martina Navratilova, Justine Henin and Lindsay Davenport Join Event

INDIAN WELLS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/04/10 -- The BNP Paribas Open "Hit For Haiti" exhibition, on the evening of Friday, March 12, will be presented by Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL), and has added a second match to the evening's event that will feature four legendary female players, it was announced today by Steve Simon, tournament director.

Oracle will lead a comprehensive fundraising effort which will include on-site, text messaging and private donations targeted to reach $1 Million. Funds will benefit the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development fund, which was established to help those impacted by the recent earthquakes in Haiti.

A women's match featuring an astounding 50 Grand Slam titles on the same court will include Stefanie Graf and Lindsay Davenport taking on Martina Navratilova and Justine Henin. They will be the first match that evening, which will be followed by the match comprised of 44 Grand Slam title holders, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras playing Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi.

"Oracle is proud to participate in fundraising efforts to benefit the relief efforts in Haiti," said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. "It is impressive to see this remarkable line up of athletes work together to raise much-needed funds for Haiti. Our hope is to hold an event that supports relief efforts and continues to raise the visibility for how Haiti needs the world's help."

The event will be broadcast live in numerous countries around the world, and domestically on the Tennis Channel, beginning at 7:30 PM PST. In addition, live web streaming will be available on,,,,,,, and others. As a show of support, the broadcasters, satellite uplink providers and production teams of the event are picking up all of the production costs to ensure that the maximum amount of money can be generated for the fundraising effort.

The evening will begin at 7:00 PM with the annual Salute to Heroes ceremony, where the tournament will recognize veterans, military personnel, police, firemen and women, and Red Cross volunteers on Stadium Court for their efforts in the community and around the world. The ceremony and tennis exhibition will be followed by one main draw match.

For more information about the BNP Paribas Open, or to purchase tickets and travel packages, visit, call 800-999-1585 or 760-200-8000, or visit the box office, 78-200 Miles Avenue, Indian Wells, CA, 92210.

About the BNP Paribas Open
The BNP Paribas Open is held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and is the largest combined ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event in the world. The event will be celebrating its 35th anniversary March 8 - 21, 2010, with defending champions Rafael Nadal and Vera Zvonareva and more than 300 of the best men's and women's tennis players in the world. To purchase tickets visit, call 800-999-1585 or 760-200-8000, or visit the Indian Wells Tennis Garden box office, 78-200 Miles Avenue, Indian Wells, and CA 92210.

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas ( is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 3 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's. The group is present in 85 countries, with more than 171,000 employees, including 131.000 in Europe. The group holds key positions in three major segments: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking. Present throughout Europe in all of its business lines, the bank's two domestic markets in retail banking are France and Italy. BNP Paribas also has a significant presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets.

About BNP Paribas and tennis
In 2008, BNP Paribas celebrated the 35th anniversary of its association with the tennis world. Since 1973, BNP Paribas has been actively involved in this sport, regularly increasing its support -- both locally and internationally, for families, schools and the community.

Historically, BNP Paribas has had a special relationship with every facet of the tennis world: official global sponsor of Roland Garros for 35 years, sponsor of the Davis Cup since 2001, of the Fed Cup since 2005 and since the acquisition of BNL in 2006, the "Internazionali BNL d'Italia", as well as actively supporting numerous other international competitions (WTA Bank of the West Classic in California, the Monte Carlo Masters Series, BNP Paribas Strasbourg Women's Open, Grand Prix de Lyon, etc.). BNP Paribas also supports tennis locally in France, and is involved in more than 550 tournaments, including the BNP Paribas family trophy, various training programmes set up by the French Tennis Federation and Yannick Noah's "FĂȘte le Mur" association.

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