Challengers, Futures, Satellites

04-05-2005, 11:42 PM
from Jon Wertheim's column:

I'm confused. What's the difference between the Challengers, the Futures series and the Satellite Events?
-- R. Makarov Singapore
Tim Curry, our pal at the USTA writes: "In a nutshell, Challengers are tournaments with prize money between $25,000 and $100,000 (there may be $125,000s or $150,000s, but not in the U.S.) ... Futures are one-week events with prize money of $15,000 or $10,000 ... Satellites are a four-week series of tournaments that culminate in the fourth week with a Masters tournament. Below is the official language from the ITF, which will either make my answer clearer or murk it all up:"


Futures Tournaments and Satellite Circuits are open to all male tennis players based on merit and without discrimination subject only to the conditions laid down in the 2003 Men's Circuit Rule Book. Minors under the age of 14 shall not be eligible for entry. For purposes of this rule, the player's age as of the first day of the tournament shall be used.

Futures Tournaments must be scheduled in a minimum of three consecutive weeks of $10,000 each or two consecutive weeks of $15,000 each in prize money and shall be organized by a national association, unless otherwise approved by the ITF Men's Circuit Committee.

A Satellite Circuit must comprise four Satellite tournaments, the final tournament of which is a Satellite Masters tournament, and shall be organized by a national association(s). Each tournament must offer at least $6,250 in prize money.

ae wowww
04-06-2005, 09:19 AM
Omg, simple. Players starting out play quallies for Satellites and Futures... if they get into main draw, they can earn an ATP point (or two ;)) Satellites run over a number of weeks, and Futures are week long, thus they are equal.
Challengers are above that, week long events which are sweeeet :D!