Treat for tennis fans in Indore; city to host ATP Challenger Championship

  • Milind R Lashkari, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Aug 27, 2014 21:35 IST

Tennis fans of Indore are in for a rare treat as Indore Tennis Club (ITC) is going to host Indore Open ATP Challenger Tennis Championship. The championship will get underway from October 13-19 when some of the world's renowned tennis players will vie for the honour.

The championship, which holds crucial importance to improve world rankings and carries the prize money of $50,000, will witness some of the world's top tennis players.

India's Somdev Devvarman playing against Ti Chen of Chinese Taipei during the second singles match of Davis Cup Asia/Oceania at Indore Tennis Club. (Amit K Jaiswal/HT file photo)

Last year, 40 countries across the globe hosted 151 challenger championships; this year Indore and Pune are going to host ATP Challenger Championships.

In Indore, 32 players will participate in the qualifier rounds to be held on October 11 - 12 after which four players will make into the main draw of 32. During seven-day, 31 singles matches will be held on four tennis courts at ITC.

In the doubles' category, 16 teams will fight for the title.

Madhya Pradesh Tennis Association general secretary Anil Dhupar said, "Along with world's top tennis players, country's star players like Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri and Sanam Singh are expected to participate in the tournament."

Dhupar said the tournament holds great importance for players to get a chance to play in the ATP world tour as well as in the Grand Slams. "It is also a good opportunity for players who want to improve their rankings."

"After performing well in the ATP Challenger Championship and achieving required ranking points, players get chance to play in ATP world tour and later in the grand slams. ATP Challengers tennis championship is an opportunity for top 100 players across the world to pocket maximum points from the tournament to achieve required rankings," Dhupar said.

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