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Sao Paulo will host the first edition of the ATP Challenger Tour Finals

Arkulari
05-16-2011, 11:21 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2011/05/Features/ATP-Challenger-Tour-Finals.aspx

The city of Sao Paulo was chosen by the ATP to host the first edition of the ATP Challenger Tour Finals. The event will bring together the best players of the ATP Challenger Tour of the season in the week of November 14-20 at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera.

The initiative came from Koch Tavares through its president Luis Felipe Tavares, founder of the project ATP Challenger Tour Finals, which aims to strengthen the ATP Challenger Tour around the world. The ATP Challenger Tour consists of the tournaments leading up to the series of major tournaments of the ATP World Tour.

Tavares said: “It took us years of hard work and, after having organized many Challenger Tour events, we are finally going to have a world-class event for this circuit, much like what is already in place with the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Each and every top tennis player has played the Challenger Tour, which gives precious points to those who are battling to make it to the elite tournaments.”

Mark Young, ATP CEO, Americas, said: “The ATP is happy to launch this new event. The ATP Challenger Tour Finals is extremely important to the worldwide development of tennis.”

All the today's best players, such as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci, amongst others, have played the ATP Challenger Tour tournaments, which served as a spring board for their careers on the ATP World Tour.

“The ATP Challenger Tour tournaments were very important to my career. Before I started playing the tournaments on the ATP World Tour, Masters 1000 [events] and Grand Slams, I played the ATP Challenger tournaments which gave me experience and ranking to make a leap in my career”, remembers Bellucci, Brazil’s top ranked player. In 2008, Bellucci won four Challenger titles, three of them consecutively.

This first edition in Sao Paulo will feature the seven best players of the season on the ATP Challenger Tour and one wild card invited by the host country. The tournament will offer $US220,000 and South African Airways ATP Rankings points. The ATP Challenger Finals will precede the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

André Silva, ATP Chief Player Officier, said: "It is an important part of the tennis calendar, since the Challenger Tour events are the ones that feed the ATP Tour with stars. Without them, the top players would never have reached this status.”

Jorge Pagura, Secretary of Sports of the State of Sao Paulo, said: “The ATP Challenger Tour Finals brings Sao Paulo back to the world of high-profile tennis events. The Ibirapuera arena will host the event after being completely refurbished, with a new court surface and a state-of-the-art lighting system. For us it is imperative to be related to this kind of event that somehow leaves a legacy for the city of Sao Paulo, as well as to work hand-in-hand with experienced, reliable partners such as Koch Tavares.”

Jorge Lacerda, President of the CBT (Brazilian Tennis Federation), said: “A tournament like the ATP Challenger Tour Finals is tremendously important for tennis. This year Brazil is set to host over 15 Challenger Tour events, and this new initiative strengthens this kind of event and brings a lot of value to Brazilian tennis.”

Luinir
05-16-2011, 11:23 PM
we have already topic for this.

Tom Paulman
05-16-2011, 11:38 PM
What surface will it be played on?

MayerFan
05-16-2011, 11:48 PM
Hard court, according to a Brazilian website.

yesh222
05-17-2011, 02:34 AM
Will it only be based on points earned in Challengers or will any player be eligible so long as they mainly only played Challengers?

Luinir
05-17-2011, 02:46 AM
will be based on points earned in challengers.

Henry Chinaski
05-17-2011, 03:00 AM
Will the ATP website publish the challenger race?

I love this idea I must say

GugaF1
05-17-2011, 03:06 AM
The funny thing is though, if you are doing so well enough at Challengers you problably be no longer a challengers level by when it comes by. :lol:

Arkulari
05-17-2011, 03:18 AM
If anyone is going please take tons of pics, I'll try to go but cannot promise anything

Sunset of Age
05-17-2011, 03:35 AM
If anyone is going please take tons of pics, I'll try to go but cannot promise anything

You're still around at the Southern American continent, Nat?

WOW! :D

yesh222
05-17-2011, 03:44 AM
The funny thing is though, if you are doing so well enough at Challengers you problably be no longer a challengers level by when it comes by. :lol:

Yeah, but you're probably at a level similar to all the other players who worked their way out of the Challengers during the year too.

MayerFan
05-17-2011, 03:54 AM
This will be awesome.

moon language
05-17-2011, 03:55 AM
Very interesting idea.

n8
05-17-2011, 04:10 AM
Will the ATP website publish the challenger race?

I love this idea I must say

Me too! I wonder how many ranking points will be awarded in the event?

GugaF1
05-17-2011, 04:16 AM
The problem for these guys is that Bellucci is very likely to be a WC into this event. Since Sao Paulo only has challenger events as he played last year also a 75k one at the end of the year, even though he was already around the top 30. So if Bellucci is in, it diminishes considrably the chances of the others who will problably be what around the 70-100 ranking.

MayerFan
05-17-2011, 04:26 AM
Who cares about Bellucci?

He lost to Lorenzi last week.

Arkulari
05-17-2011, 04:28 AM
You're still around at the Southern American continent, Nat?

WOW! :D

I just crawled out of the jungle (no, it's not a racist/xenophobic concept, oil fields are usually in the middle of frigging nowhere) :lol:

Sunset of Age
05-17-2011, 04:32 AM
I just crawled out of the jungle (no, it's not a racist/xenophobic concept, oil fields are usually in the middle of frigging nowhere) :lol:

:haha: tell my soon-to-be ex husby all about that.
Well, he's only been around in Ghadaffi-country for a couple of months so far. :p

Off-topic, I know, mods. :angel:

out_here_grindin
05-17-2011, 04:32 AM
The problem for these guys is that Bellucci is very likely to be a WC into this event. Since Sao Paulo only has challenger events as he played last year also a 75k one at the end of the year, even though he was already around the top 30. So if Bellucci is in, it diminishes considrably the chances of the others who will problably be what around the 70-100 ranking.

That would ruin the otherwise interesting event. Established ATP players should not be given wild cards. Give it to Souza.

Henry Chinaski
05-17-2011, 04:41 AM
problem is you have to put bums on seats or else the event isn't worth the organisers' efforts.

actually give Guga a wildcard instead. I'm sure he'd sell more tickets than Bellucci and it would be fairer on the other players. Winner, winner.

GugaF1
05-17-2011, 04:47 AM
That would ruin the otherwise interesting event. Established ATP players should not be given wild cards. Give it to Souza.

Souza Who? lol He should get it on his own since he is doing so well in Ch this year already, Mello is in problably too and Maybe Rogerio Silva.

Now, if they plan to charge anything for these and if its going to be where it is, which is an Arena they problably will. They will have to invite Bellucci otherwise I doubt many people would pay to see The Challenger's finnest. ;)

TennisOnWood
05-17-2011, 09:13 AM
Tiago Fernandes wil be the right choice :)

abraxas21
05-17-2011, 09:40 AM
if grandpa daniel plays this, im watching it

dombrfc
05-17-2011, 09:49 AM
Sounds good!

vn01
05-17-2011, 09:50 AM
that'll be interesting. i'd like to see it :D

Tom Paulman
05-17-2011, 12:02 PM
The problem for these guys is that Bellucci is very likely to be a WC into this event. Since Sao Paulo only has challenger events as he played last year also a 75k one at the end of the year, even though he was already around the top 30. So if Bellucci is in, it diminishes considrably the chances of the others who will problably be what around the 70-100 ranking.

If Bellucci plays like he's played most of the season (excluding Madrid), other players definitely have a chance.