The ATP's Challenger Tour is the stepping stone to the stars. 

The second-highest level of competition for men's tennis players, the Challenger Tour features players ranked from as high as the top 50 to as low as outside the top 500 competing around the world in an 11-month circuit of tournaments - all with the aim of gaining enough ranking points to progress to the ATP World Tour proper. 

ATP Challenger Tennis Live Streaming

ATP Challenger Tour tennis takes place around the world from January to November, and bookmaker bet365 are offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the matches alongside in-play betting.

Watch and bet on Challenger Tour tennis live at bet365 > live streaming > tennis (geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)

How to watch & bet on Challenger tennis

1. Visit the bet365 website

2. Sign into your account or register for a new one

3. Select Live Streaming

4. Select 'Tennis’ from the ‘All Sports’ dropdown menu

5. Enjoy a live stream & in-play betting for Challenger tennis

PLEASE NOTE: You must have a funded account or have placed a bet in the last 24 hours in order to watch tennis; geo-restrictions apply. 

Challenger Tournament Schedule

The history of the Challenger Tour dates back to 1978, when 18 events were played throughout the year. By 2008, 178 tournaments were held in more than 40 countries. In 2018, 162 Challenger Tournaments were played from January to November.

The Challenger Tour calendar parallels that of the ATP Tour proper in that the season begins right after Christmas and lasts for eleven months of the year, with the final Challenger Tournaments of the season played in the same late-November week as the Davis Cup final. 

Almost every week of the tennis season sees multiple Challenger events being played, including during the Masters 1000 Series and Grand Slam events.

Just as the ATP Tour divides its tournaments into categories named after the number of ranking points awarded to the champion - Masters 1000 Series events, 500 events like Queen's Club and the Swiss Indoors and 250 events - the Challenger Tour operates its own categorization, with tournaments divided into 125s, 110s, 100s, 90s and 80s. 

However, while the ATP Tour for most of its season follows defined mini-swings based on surface and time of the year, Challenger tournaments tend to be more diverse - if you are a player who prefers American hard courts, you can stay on that surface for much of the season, for example; or instead choose to follow clay i Europe and South America.

The official schedule for the 2019 Challenger Tour has only been released for the first three months of the season. 

Challenger Tour calendar 2019

DatesTournamentLocationCategorySurfaceCurrent champion
31 December-6 JanuaryInternationaux de BNP Paribas Nouvelle-CaledoniaNoumea, New Caledonia90Hard (outdoors)Noah Rubin (2018)
31 December-6 JanuaryCity of Playford Tennis InternationalPlayford, Australia90Hard (outdoors)Jason Kubler (2018)
31 December-6 JanuaryWaco ChallengerWaco, Texas, USA90Hard (outdoors)-
7-13 JanuaryEast Hotel Canberra ChallengerCanberra, Australia80Hard (outdoors)Andreas Seppi (2018)
7-13 JanuaryColumbus ChallengerColumbus, Ohio, USA80Hard (outdoors)Michael Mmoh (2018)
7-13 JanuaryDa Nang ChallengerDa Nang, Vietnam80Hard (outdoors)-
14-20 JanuaryKoblenz OpenKoblenz, Germany80Hard (indoors)Mats Moraing (2018)
21-27 JanuaryOracle Challenger Series Newport BeachNewport Beach, California, USA125Hard (outdoors)Taylor Fritz (2018)
21-27 JanuaryOpen de RennesRennes, France90Hard (indoors)Vasek Pospisil (2018)
21-27 JanuaryBurnie InternationalBurnie, Australia80Hard (outdoors)Stephane Robert (2018)
21-27 JanuaryPunta OpenPunta del Este, Uruguay80ClayGuido Andreozzi (2018)
28 January-3 FebruaryCleveland ChallengerCleveland, Ohio, USA90Hard (outdoors)-
28 January-3 FebruaryLaunceston InternationalLaunceston, Australia80Hard (outdoors)Marc Polmans (2018)
28 January-3 FebruaryOpen BNP Paribas de Banque Bretagne Quimper, France80Hard (indoors)Quentin Halys (2018)
4-10 FebruaryThe RBC Tennis Championships of DallasDallas, Texas, USA110Hard (indoors)Kei Nishikori (2018)
4-10 FebruaryHungarian Challenger OpenBudapest, Hungary80Hard (indoors)Vasek Pospisil (2018)
4-10 FebruaryChennai OpenChennai, India80Hard (indoors)Jordan Thompson (2018)
11-17 FebruaryChallenger La MancheCherbourg, France80Hard (indoors)Maximilian Marterer (2018)
11-17 FebruaryBangkok ChallengerBangkok, Thailand80Hard (outdoor)Marcel Granollers (2018)
18-24 FebruaryTrofeo Perrel - FAIPBergamo, Italy80Hard (indoors)Matteo Berrettini (2018)
18-24 FebruaryMorelos Open Credito RealMorelos, Mexico80Hard (outdoors)Dennis Novikov (2018)
18-24 FebruaryBangkok Challenger IIBangkok, Thailand80Hard (outdoors)-
25 February-3 MarchOracle Challenger Series Indian WellsIndian Wells, California, USA125Hard (outdoors)Martin Klizan (2018)
25 February-3 MarchPau ChallengerPau, France90Hard (indoors)-
25 February-3 MarchKeio ChallengerYokohama, Japan80Hard (indoors)Yasutaka Uchiyama (2018)

About the Challenger Tour

The Challenger Tour is the second-highest level of competition in men's tennis. While the very best in the world compete on the ATP Tour in its Masters 1000 Series events, 500s and 250s (as well as the four Grand Slams), those players whose ranking isn't quite high enough to compete in that week's ATP Tour events play the Challenger Tour instead. 

The Challenger Tour is its own discrete entity, with over 150 tournaments sanctioned and run by the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) each year in locations from Andria to Uruguay. But there is also a great deal of crossover between the two Tours. The main draw of a Masters 1000 Series event, for example, 

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