Winners Of ATP Challenger Tour Finals 2011-2014

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ATP Challenger

ATP Challenger Tour Finals is held at the end of each year where top seven players compete against each other and one of the players is invited from the country where the tournament is being held. There are total of eight players who are divided in two groups with four players each and play round-robin matches against the other players in the second group. Those players with the best record from both the groups advance to the semi-finals with the winners, playing in the final against each other to determine the champion.

From 2011 to 2014 these tournament has been held in Sao Paulo. In 2011- 2012, tournament was held on the Indoor hard surface at Ginasio do Ibirapuera. In the year 2013, the ATP Challenger Tour Finals was held on the Outdoor Clay Court and in 2014 it was again held on the Indoor clay at the Esporte Clube Pinheiros.

Final 2014

In the finale, Schwartzman played against Brazilian wild card entry Guilherme Clezar winning the two straight sets 7-5, 6-4.  During the match Schwartzman outsmarted Clezar winning the match in 73 minutes. Schwartzman, who is at present the 77 in World ranking earned 110 ATP ranking points and also won prize money of US-$ 84,900. He is the only second Argentine after Guido Pella to win the final of ATP Challenger Tour finals. Schwartzman can rightly be said as the deserving player of this award winning the title in 2014 and winning most number of matches with total of 48 throughout the year.

Finale 2013

Filippo Volandri of Italy won finale of ATP Challenger Tour in the year 2013 over Alejandro Gonzalez in three rounds with 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Volandri won match total in just 52 minutes and won his 12th trophy on the Challenger trophy. Volandri has become the ninth active player to win the award. The Italian who also held No 25th spot once won $84,900 with the title and adds 110 points taking him inside the Top 70 of the Emirates ATP rankings for the first time after April last year. Runner up Gonzalez also received $46,200 for his run to the final and achieved the status of sixth Colombian born player to enter in the Top 100 earlier in the week.

Finale 2012

Argentina player Guido Pella who defeated Adrian Ungur, sixth seeded player winning three sets with 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(4). Pella has entered the Top 100 for the first time in the South African Airway ATP Rankings for the first time. At present Pella is 124th seeded and enhanced 4-0 record in ATP challenger Tour finals in 2012 adding one more to his winning streak including in Salinas, Manta and Campinas

Finale 2011

German player Cedrik-Marcel Stebe won the match against Dudi Sela of Israel in 2011 winning two straight sets with 6-2, 6-4.  Stebe is a very versatile player and has other talents like he is a pianist, drummer, golfer and also a footballer. Stabe is the newest shining star and one of the fastest achiever in ATP World Tour in the past 15 months.

ATP World Tour 250, 2015 And The Winning Players

by on April 16, 2015
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David Ferrer

ATP World Tour 250 has been the latest one from the Association of Tennis Professionals from the 2009 ATP World Tour. ATP World tour 250 comes last amongst the events on the tour and is now a part of the ATP International Series. There are 40 tournaments in the series and in order to win single championship, the player needs to earn 250 ranking points. For singles draws consist of 28, 32 or 48 and for doubles it is 16 and 24.

In the year 2015, matches are going on and it here it becomes pertinent to discuss about the winners who have won their matches yet.  In Brisbane Roger Federer of Switzerland played against Milos Raonic of Canada winning with 6-4, 6-7 and 6-4.

In Doha tournament, David Ferrer versus Tomas Berdych was held and Ferrer won with 6-4, 7-5.  Stan Wawrinka hade face off with Aljaz Bendene, where Wawrinka won after playing two sets scoring 6-3 and 6-4. In Auckland Jiri Vesely played against Adrian Mannarino winning straight two sets scoring 6-3 and 6-2. Viktor Troicki took away the title during match held at Sydney in straight sets of 6-2, 6-3.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer is currently ranked as number two player by the Association of tennis professionals. The Swiss tennis player is often considered as the greatest player of all time. Federer has held a spot within top ten tennis players of the World since 2002 and in top twenty since April 2001. There are so many records in the hand of Federer and one such record is holding number one position for consecutive 302 weeks which is an incredible record for any tennis player as well as a tennis fan. The tennis superstar has won total of 17 Grand slams singles titles. He qualified Grand slam title for at least five times and made way to Wimbeldon final nine times.

 David Ferrer Ern

This Spanish professional tennis player is popularly known as clay-court specialist. Reason for this title is that he has won almost half of his titles on the clay court but along with the clay-court he has also shown his mettle on other surface as well. Ferrer was the part of Spain Davis Cup Team that held the trophy in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Stan Wawrinka

Currently Swiss number two and World number 4 Stan Wawrinka is one of the most talented superstars in the tennis world today. On January 27th, 2014, Wawrinka achieved his highest ranking of number 3 after winning his first Grand Slam event.  Warwinka won the gold medal during men double’s event at the 2008 Summer Olympics teaming with Roger Federer.

Jiri Vesely

Vesely is a Czech professional tennis player and made his Davis Cup debut for the Czech Republic. He has won total of nine singles titles along with three challengers. Vesely also won a match in 2014 French Open and after that he qualified for the third round of Wimbeldon as a wildcard.

Viktor Troicki

Troicki won his second grand title of the career at the Apia International in Sydney defeating Gilles Muller.

ATP World Tour 500 And The Players Who Have Set The Record

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ATP World Tour 500

ATP World Tour 500 series is the third most significant tier of men’s tennis tournament behind four Grand Slam tournaments, and the ATP World Tour Masters 1000. ATP World Tour 500 is also known as ATP International Series Gold and the Championship series. Within the series there are total of 13 tournaments with different draws of 32, 48 and 56 singles and 16 and 24 for doubles. Total ranking point is 500 that champion of single tournament should achieve. All leading players should have played at least four 500 tournaments out of which any one should be after the US Open tournament. The score of the player will be zero if he could not play total four or failed to play in one after the US Open.

Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal stands as the topmost record holder with highest number of the record for most number of singles with single titles of 15 and in doubles the record is held by Nenad Zimonjic holding 12 trophies in all. Juan Martin del Potro, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker won the maximum trophies in a calendar year totalling with four.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal is the shining star in the Tennis world and currently ranked at number 3 in the World. He has got the honour of the finest clay court player ever and is popularly called, “The King of Clay”. Nadal is superb in all court and this is the sole reason why he is being considered as one of the best all rounder, tennis world has come. His fans regard him as the best player of all time. In his career until now this Spanish star has won total of 14 Grand Slams titles, clinching gold medal in Olympic 2008 in singles. He also holds record of 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and a record 15 ATP World Tour 500 Tournaments. Nadal reached the peak of his performance in 2010 when he became the seventh player in history and youngest amongst the four players in the Open Era to win career Grand Slam.

Additionally he is the only second one after legend Andre Agassi to race through the single Career Golden Slam. He also got Laureus World Sportsman of the year in 2011.

Nenad Zimonjic

This Serbian player was ranked as number one in 2008 doubles and at present holds the seventh spot in the World.  Zimonjic is the only player from Serbia after Slobodan Živojinović to hold the number one title in the World. Zimonjic is remembered for his two best performance till date when in 2004 he scored win over none other than Andre Agassi in St Polten followed by win over Nicolas Kiefer in 2005 on the grass of Halle. What makes it more exciting and worth is that both were first round victories. In his career Zimonjic has played as member of Serbia Davis team, after being member of Yugoslavia Davis Cup team and Serbia and Montenegro Davis Cup team. As a member of Serbian player he has played both singles and doubles and in the year he also played in the capacity of captain of the national team.

ATP World Tour Final

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ATP Tour Finals

ATP World Tour Final or Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is a tournament held for the professional men tennis players every year in the month of November at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom. This tournament is generally the last in the series of Association of Tennis professionals World Tour and top eight single players face each other in this series along with the double teams of the ATP rankings. Started in 1970, this tournament is highly popular amongst the all tennis fans and tennis playing Nations.  In singles reigning champion is Novak Djokovic and doubles trophy is defended by Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.

This tournament differs from other series in a way that this is not a direct knock-out and instead eight players are divided into two groups of four and compete against the players of other groups, playing three round robin matches. Till date not a single player has got play semi-finals after losing more than one round-robin match. As of now the tournament is held in the general format of creating groups of four players and advancing into the semi finals and final. However, few years have been exceptions when this tournament walked over with surprising decisions. For instance in 1970-71, the winner was decided by taking out the best performed player after robin round with no semi finals and finals. In the years 1982, 1983 and 1984 there was 12 players knock out tournament without any round robin matches. Similarly in 1985, 16 player knock out was held with no round robin match. In this tournament, winners are given maximum 1500 rankings points, with each round-robin loss, 200 points are deducted from that amount.

 Roger Federer is one player that holds most number of records in single tournament with total of six. Generally the tournament is named after the sponsors of the tour but from 1990-2008 competition was non-sponsored. However, IBM sponsored the singles portion of the events. Barclays PLC started sponsoring the tournament in 2009. In 2009 the tournament was renamed to the ATP World Tour Finals and is played in London from 2009 to 2013. After 2012, organisers took extension of another two years up to 2015. Previously double and single tournaments were organised separately, but now they are held together running in the same week and also at the same location.

ATP World Tour is considered as one of the most important indoor tennis tournaments on the World tournament. But here also there are few exceptions when this event has been organized outdoor as well during 1974 Melbourne & 2003-2004 after modifying the conditions of play and keeping it in control on the ground as well as illumination system. Here is the price list of top 5 players and their prize money:-

Rank   Player                         YTD               Singles                        Doubles          Career

  1. David Ferrer                          $195,000         $195,000         $0                    $24,928,109
  2. Berdych, Tomas                     $102,675         $102,675         $0                    $20,152,143
  1. Vesely, Jiri                              $92,595           $91,530           $1,065             $797,125
  2. Troicki, Viktor                       $80,730           $80,730           $0                    $4,739,091

5. Federer, Roger              $80,000           $80,000           $0                    $88,691,538

Important Tennis Tournaments

ATP Tennis tour

In the game of Tennis tournament structure is always based on the gender (male/female) and total no of players. Usually tournament consist of Men (singles, doubles and mixed doubles), women (singles, doubles and mixed doubles). The groups of players are made according to the age limits like upper and lower age groups for youngsters, seniors respectively like Les Petits & many others.
Some tournaments disable people like Deaf and Wheel chair tennis.
ATP World Tour Finals (Top 8)
ATP World Tour Final is also called Barclays ATP World Tour Finals because of the sponsorship. In November of every year, this tournament is held London (Arena. It is played on hard courts of indoor. These finals are basically the ending of the championships of the ATP World Tour which consist of the top 8 players (Singles) and teams (Doubles). These players and teams are ranked by the ATP.
In the ATP World Tour Finals, the two groups are of the top eight players. These groups have to play 3 rounds against other to reach into the semi finals and then semi finals on the basis of their best record. The winners of the finals Champion and are ranked with 1500 points.
Grand Slam (GS) tournaments:
The GS Tournaments are most important all over the world which consists of US Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open and French Open. The ITF synchronizes and arranges these tournaments every year.
These tournaments require the finance at a large scale and also offer the large prize money to the winners at the end of the events. The number of the players in this tournaments are limited as 128.
Men GS tournaments play matches set of Best of Five and the women Best of three. In GS Tournaments the juniors and wheelchairs tennis tournaments are held combined with their own peculiarity e.g. At Wimbledon , it is necessary for players to wear white and a famous tennis player Agassi who didn’t play tennis at Wimbledon because of its white dress condition.
Australian Open:
The Australian Open is held in January at Melbourne, Australia. In 1905, Australian Open tournament was held. It is first tournament among the all 4 tournaments of GS events. It includes the Singles, Doubles and Mixed doubles (Men) and Singles, Doubles, Mixed doubles (Women) and championships of Juniors and exhibition and wheelchair and other events. Australian Open tournaments are played on indoor hard courts because of wet weather or heats.
French Open:
The French Open tennis tournament held in Paris. It starts on end of May and start of June. This tennis tournament is clay court tournament all over the world. It is ranked at no 2 in the GS tournaments. French Open tournament is a largest tournament of clay court that ends in the clay court of spring season. French tournament is most required tournament all over the world because of the 5 set of Singles (Men) and no tiebreak.
Wimbledon or British Open tennis tournament is a very old, most important and biggest tournament. This tournament is held in London. It was first started in 1877. Wimbledon tournament is played on the grass, that’s why it is called lawn tennis. This tournament starts in end of the June and start of the July every year. It is consists of Men and woman’s singles matches.
Wimbledon‘s dress code is white and it is necessary to wear the white. Wimbledon’s Court‘s roof is retractable to save the time of the players in term of rain.
US Open Tennis Championships:
The US Open is a modern form of old tennis tournament which was started in 1881. It is ranked as 4th in the GS Tournaments list. This game is hard court tennis game and includes tiebreak except the last set of the game. US Open starts in the end of August and start of September with the period of two weeks every year. These weeks comes earlier and past than Labor Day. The US Open tournament includes 5 different championships of men (Singles) & women ((Singles), men (doubles) and women (doubles), and men (mixed doubles) women (mixed doubles), wheelchair tournament, senior tournament, junior tournament,.
USTA a non-profit organization that own this US Tennis Championship and manage these tournaments ‘events every year. Their ticked are very costly which help USTA to promote the US Open.
ATP 1000 series:
In 1990 the ATP 1000 started as the tour of ATP with carrying the Grand Prix series of 1790 to 1989. From 1993 to 1999, the events of the ATP Championship were held for one week for 3 years of the beginning. This series was named as Tennis Masters Series. In 2004, the name of the series was replaced as ATP Masters Series.
The ATP1000 series is held in North America, Europe, and Asia. It gives the players more ranking points than other tournament of all over the world but not more than GS tournaments. ATP 1000 series consists of 9 tournaments in all. Winning each of these adds 1000 points to the winners tally hence the name. The tournaments included in this series are Indian Wells, Paris, Cincinnati, Shanghai, Madrid, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome and Canada Masters Open.
ATP World Tour 500 series:
Grand Prix Super Series’ new name is ATP World Tour 500 series. It was also called as Championship Series. This tennis tournament comes after the ATP 1000 series and the all 4 GS tournaments. This tournament for men is ranked as 3rd highest tier.
The ATP World Tour 500 series consists of 11 tournaments, 500 points of ranking for wining the singles champion events. Tournaments draws for singles are 56, 48 & 32 and 16 and draws for doubles are 24. It has the condition for the players who leads, must enter in as a minimum of 4 events of 500 series if they don’t fill the condition, they get 0 scores against their shorts. Tournamnts included in this tier are: Basel, Rotterdam, Tokyo, Memphis, Dubai, Washington, Acapulco, Beijing, Barcelona, Valencia and Hamburg open.
ATP World Tour 250 series:
The ATP World Tour 250 series started in 2009 by ATP. It is the continued series of the ATP World Tour and ranked as the lowest tier of ATP tour. It consists of total number of 40 tournaments 250 points of ranking for winning the single tournament. It tournaments draws for singles are 32 & 28 and for double are 16. AEGON championship draws for singles are 56 and for doubles are 24. Important tournaments of this series include: Nice, Chennai, Sydney, San Jose, Halle, Queens, New Port and Stuttgart open.
2nd Tier Tennis:
Before 2009, ATP Challenger Tour was called ATP Challenger Series. Men’s tennis of top tier is called the ATP World Tour. The 2nd tier of men’s tennis is Challenger Tour, the 3rd tier of men’s tennis tournaments is the ITF Men’s Circuit and final tier of men’s tournaments is international competition. The ATP manages the ATP Challenger and the successful players with enough points for ranking in ATP Challenger and become qualified for the entry of ATP World Tour tournaments.
Ranking points and prize money award:
ATP Challenger Tour awards the players with grand prize money. Maximum prize money is $35,000 and minimum is $150,000 plus accommodation & food
Hospitality is provided according to the players ranking points like 75 points to 125 points for $35 and $150 respectively.
ATP level tournaments give the winners maximum $400K prize money and 250 points to 2000 points.
The point of the players are totaled on the previous rankings of the 52 weeks and given week. If a player got 400 points in previous 52 weeks, his rank would be approximately at 100th position. 200 points for 200th position, 100 points for 350th position and 50 points for 500th.
3rd Tier Tennis:
The ITF Men’s Circuit is tennis tournament series which is owned and managed by the ITF. It signifies the lowest step of the men’s tennis ranking. ITF tournaments include the ranking of the ATP which helps in the progress of the younger players’ for the ATP Challenger Tour fully. Therefore, every tennis player has to spend the time in the Men’s Circuit. This ITF Men’s Circuit is a satellite based and provides the flexibility to the players and held for more than four weeks. In the end of 1990, the ITF brought the new feature for over time tournaments and its ratio greater than before till 2007. After the elimination of satellites, players won the titles of careers and improved their ranks through the feature tournaments. Futures tournaments include singles and doubles and held for one week. In 2008, the prize money for tournaments was USD 10, 000 or USD 15, 000. And for some tournament accommodation facility is also provide to the players.

WTA Tournaments:
WTA stands for Women’s Tennis Association which was established in 1973. The founder of WTA was Billie Jean King. It is world wide women’s tennis player tour and also the part of the ATP.
Categories of tournaments:
In 2009, the current WTA tournament formation was introduced. Leading Tournaments were formed from the combination of earlier events 1st tier 1 & 2nd tier and International Tournaments were formed with the combination of 3rd tier and 4th tier.
Total no of 4 GS tournaments
End year championships which is the champion of WTA Tour
Premier Mandatory is formed with combination of 4 tournaments of male tennis players and held in Miami, Beijing, Indian Wells and Madrid.
International tournaments include 31 tournaments and its prize money for each tournament is USD 220,000. These tournaments held in Bali. Now, it is held in Sofia and its prize money is USD 600,000.
Premier tournament includes the 10 events and its prize money is maximum USD 600,000 and minimum USD 1 million. Prize money
Challenger tournaments started in 2011, with 3 tournaments and prize money of USD 125,000.
WTA Championship
This is a tennis tournament which is held yearly for women tennis player at the end of the year. This championship is held for the highest ranking players. Many things about WTA championship have been changed since 1972 like city, total number of players and month of the tournament. In 2003 the rules about the player is that two groups are made of 8 players and 4 for doubles.
The WTA Tournament is the most important tournament and placed on 5th position of GS tournaments It prize money is very large and points for ranking are after the GS tournaments.
Martina Navratilova is the famous and top player of WTA Championship with 8 titles of singles and 12 titles of doubles.
Fed Cup:
Fed Cup is most important competition among women tennis players. It was introduced in 1963 as a celebration of the ITF’s 50th Anniversary. It was named as Federation Cup. Seeding decision for four nations in world cup is made according to Fed Cup rules.
In the Zonal Group, teams are divided in pools , then they will play in one round against each other. There are always 2 teams which are encouraged and promoted from Africa Group I and Europe Group of the world cup of that year and form America group 1 one team is gone to the world cup.
Davis Cup:
The Davis Cup is the most important and famous men’s international tennis event. ITF manages the Davis Cup Championship. It is held yearly in which teams are playing for their countries to make a big success against their competitors. The Davis Cup championship was started in 1900. At that time it a great challenge between American team and British team.
From 2007 total no of 137 countries participated in this championship tournament. USA has been most successful in the Davis Cup Championship history who has won total 32 tournaments with 29 times runners up. Australia is on 2nd number by winning 28 tournaments at 4 events against New Zealand with 19 time runners up. The current title holder of Davis Cup is the Czech Republic won the title against Spain. Every year 16 best teams from all over the world are selected to participate and play for the Davis Cup. Countries that lose the 1st round have to play against the continental zones. Teams who win World Group enter the quarter finals. Countries win more 3 ties to claim of Davis Cup Champions.

Tennis Tournaments: Nice Open Tournament and Internazionali BNL d’Italia

Nice Open Tennis

Nice Open Tournament
This tournament was known by the name Phillips Open until 1995 when its name was changed to nice open tournament. Each year the tournament is held in Nice, France and all the professional tennis players of the world take part in it and perform their best. The prize for the winner is €450,000 in this tournament tennis is played in clay courts.  Before France the tournament was played in Austria and then in 2009 it was France that was made the host for this tournament. The game is held usually in May of the year a week before tennis tournament French Open starts. The champion of Nice open tournament is Richard Gasquet who belongs to France. This tournament was not held between the years 1996 -2009.

The list of previous Men Champions is as follows:

Juan Aguilera

Martín Jaite (Twice)

Gabriel Markus

Marc-Kevin Goellner

Alberto Berasategui

Marc Rosset

Richard Gasquet

Nicolás Almagro

Internazionali BNL d’Italia

This tennis tournament is held in Rome Italy, and is considered the most prestigious event after French open.  The game is played in a red clay court. It was first held in Milan and now each year it is held in Rome Italy. The prize for the ATP tour winner is €2,227,500 and for the WTA tour winner is US$2,000,000. For the first time this tournament was held in 1930 in Milan and it stayed there until 1934 and a long break was taken from 1936 to 1949 during which this tournament or event was not held. The highest number of wins is led by Rafeal Nadal and from the women side most of the tournaments were won by Chris Evert. Internazionali BNL D’ italia is its sponsored name whereas the actual name is Italian open.

The list of previous men champions is as follows:

Thomas Muster (Four Times)

Emilio Sánchez

Jim Courier (Twice)

Pete Sampras

Àlex Corretja

Marcelo Ríos

Gustavo Kuerten

Magnus Norman

Juan Carlos Ferrero

Andre Agassi

Félix Mantilla

Carlos Moyà

Rafael Nadal (Five Times)

Novak Djokovic (Twice)

The list of previous women Champions is as follows:

Monica Seles (Twice)

Gabriela Sabatini (Twice)

Conchita Martínez(Four Times)

Mary Pierce

Martina Hingis

Venus Williams

Jelena Dokić

Serena Williams

Kim Clijsters

Amélie Mauresmo (Twice)

Martina Hingis

Jelena Janković

Serbia Jelena Janković

Dinara Safina

María José Martínez Sánchez

Maria Sharapova

Tennis Tournaments: Aegon Championships, Estoril Open and Gerry Webber Open

Aegon Tennis

Aegon Championships:

AEGON championship is a sponsored name for Queen’s Club Championship. This tournament is basically a male tennis tournament in which male professional tennis players from all around the world participate. From 1970 to 1989 it was a part of grand tennis prix circuit. It is held in June after French Open. This tournament is held on a grass court. The prize money for this tournament is £640,000 (€750,000). Andy Roddick has won this tournament highest number of times being the best for AEGON championships and hard to beat sort of a player on the top in this tournament. This tournament is held in the British Land i.e. London at Queen’s club.

The list of the previous winners is as follows:

Ivan Lendi

Stefen Edburg

Wayne Ferriera

Micheal Stich

Todd Martin

Pete Sampras (Twice)

Boris Becker

Mark Philipiossouis

Scott Draper

Lleyton Hewt (Four Times)

Andy Roddick (Four Times)

Rafeal Nadal

Andy Murray (Twice)

Estoril Open Tennis Tournament:

Estoril open is a tennis tournament held in Jamor Protugal, this tournament was played by men tennis players in 1990 where as the women played this tournament in the year 1998. This tournament marks the dominance of Male players of Argentina and Spain. It is basically ATP and WTA tournament with the  prize money differing for both prize for the ATP tour winner is €450,000 whereas the prize for the WTA tour winner is   US$220,000. The women side of Estoril open tournament is more diverse. The dominance of Spanish players has waned in the past few years. Since 2001 only two spanish players were their. The venue of this tournament is Estoril court central.

The list of previous Men winners is as follows:

Emilio Sánchez

Sergi Bruguera

Carlos Costa (Twice)

Andriy Medvedev

Thomas Muster (Twice)

Àlex Corretja

Alberto Berasategui

Albert Costa

Carlos Moyà

Juan Carlos Ferrero

David Nalbandian (Twice)

Nikolay Davydenko

Juan Ignacio Chela

Gastón Gaudio

Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer

Albert Montañés (Twice)

Juan Martín del Potro

The list of women champions is as follows:

Barbara Schwartz

Katarina Srebotnik

Anke Huber

Ángeles Montolio

Magüi Serna (Twice)

Émilie Loit

Lucie Šafářová

Zheng Jie

Gréta Arn

Maria Kirilenko

Yanina Wickmayer

Anastasija Sevastova

Anabel Medina Garrigues

Gerry Webber Open Tennis Tournament:

This tournament was first held in the year 1993 and it continues to happen till date. It is held in Germany every year. This tournament is held outdoors in a grass court. Roger Federer has won this tournament highest number of times. The prize for the winner of this tournament is €750,000. In 2007, 2008 and in 2011 Roger Federer withdrew from this tournament and this withdrawal turned out to be negative for his relationship with Webber owner of this tournament. Ralf Weber runs this tournament, which is held each year in North Rhine, Germany.

The list of previous winners is as follows:

Henri Leconte

Michael Stich

Marc Rosset

Nicklas Kulti

Nicolas Kiefer

David Prinosil

Thomas Johansson

Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Thrice)

Tomáš Berdych

Roger Federer (Five Times)

Tommy Haas

Lleyton Hewitt

Philipp Kohlschreiber

Tennis Masters Roger Cup, Montreal: The Trivalry returns!

by on August 6, 2011
in ATP Tour

Tennis Masters Cup, Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Andy Murray

They are back. Yes, the trio Djokovic, Federer and Nadal along with other top tennis names return to play the Tennis Masters Rogers Cup in Montreal. Although names like Robing Soderling, Andy Roddick and David Ferrer have pulled out of the biggest prize tournament of Canada but the tennis spectators will enjoy the greatest trivalry of greatest tennis players Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. As per the draws, following matches or clashes can be expected in the Montreal Tennis Masters Rogers Cup:

1) Serbian tennis player Djokovic, the current No.1 tennis player might face Nikolay Davydenko in the second round and Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round before a competitive match with Gael Monfils in the quarters.

2)      Del Potro will have to play Marin Cilic and Nieminen and win against them to play against Djokovic.

3)      For Monfils to face Djokovic, he will have to deal with American tennis player John Isner and Viktor Troicki.

4)      Andy Murray might face Kevin Anderson in the second round before coming on to Wawrinka who defeated Murray in the US Open 2010 however Wawrinka will play his first round match with Nalbandian.

5)      The king of clay, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal seems to be in least trouble as he would be opening against Chardy of Dodig before going on to Fernando Verdasco in the third round and then playing Tomas Berdych or Gilles Simon in the quarterfinals.

These are the predictions only as the Trio can be vulnerable to any upset while playing in the Rogers Cup 2011. Stay tuned for live action, scores and updates from August 6, 2011.

ATP Challenger Tour

by on April 16, 2009
in ATP Tour

ATP Challenger Tour

The ATP Challenger Tennis Series was the former name of the ATP Challenger Tour until it got a revamp in the dying stages of 2008. The series consists of a number of international men’s tennis matches which allow the players to earn points so that they can qualify to the ATP level. The general tournament into which they gain entry is the 250 series tournament which is the main draw level. This series is fully under the control and is organised by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

The first version of the Challenger Tennis tournaments was held in 1978. The first year saw a total of 18 events being covered. The first events were held in Auckland and Hobart respectively in the month of January while the rest of the events were held starting from June 18th till the end of August. A number of places were chosen to play the matches. This is in stark contrast to the staggering number of matches, 178 in total, that were played in 2008 alone. The matches took place over a huge number of 40 countries which gives an idea of how the series has blossomed into a high-profile event. The importance of ATP Challenge tour in tennis circuit cannot be undermined by any means. 

The Indianapolis Tennis Championship

by on April 8, 2009
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The Indianapolis Tennis Championship

The Indianapolis Tennis championship is a tennis tournament which is played every year as an integral part of the ATP tour. The name of the tournament has been changed to Indianapolis Tennis championship from RCA Championships. It is a men’s tennis tournament which is played annually in July for a week. The initiation of this tournament was in 1988 when it was played as the US Men’s Hard-court Championships. After this, the surface on which this tournament used to be played changed as also did the name. It was rescheduled during the course of the year so that it became a warm-up for the international male tennis players before the last Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. The tournament came into existence when the Indianapolis Sports Centre decided to merge their 18 clay courts which with Deco-Turf II which is the same surface on which the US Open is played. The previous editions of the Indianapolis Tennis tournament has caught the attention of almost all the leading male tennis players and Giles Simon from France managed to win the last edition of the same in 2008. There are some tournaments which get a lot of attention in tennis circuits although they are not grand slams. This tournament is one of the list. 

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