The Challenger Tour is the second tier of men’s tennis, for players
ranked between 80 and 300. It’s the often neglected backwaters of the
game but if you’re looking to spot the next rising stars on their way
up, this is where you should be watching.
great champions have served their time on the Challenger Tour in the
past and most famously, Andre Agassi found himself slugging it out at
that level back in 1997 having won Grand Slam titles and Olympic gold,
barely eighteen months earlier. For the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger
Federer and Rafael Nadal, they stood out as special talents with big
futures even while they were learning their trade at that level.
tour provides players with an interim stage between low level futures
events and the main tour. Players at this level often compete in
qualifying for ATP events and also Grand Slam qualifying. It’s generally
accepted that players inside the top 150 can just about make a
reasonable living financially from their prize money but for those
ranked lower, it’s a matter of scraping by and so these tournaments are
The Challenger Tour
circuit runs for eleven months of the year and the importance of events
is determined solely by the total amount of prize money on offer. The
pot varies from $35,000 up to $150,000+ and along with whether the
tournament provides hospitality (lodgings and food) for players, this
determines how many points a player earns from winning each match.
Challenger Tour is a little biased towards clay-court specialists with
events on the red dirt held virtually every single week. Unlike on the
main tour, the clay court season never really ends and if you don’t
fancy competing indoors or on grass you can generally head somewhere in
the world where there’ll be a clay event.
the ATP have introduced an end of season Challenger Tour Finals for the
top seven players who have won the most challenger titles that year
plus one wildcard at the host nation’s discretion.
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