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I never followed any as closely as some of you. But this is a special week, no worthy DC (thanks atp , pique , busquets and whatever), no ATP , the two "biggest" M1000 approaching and these Monterrey (4 top 100) and IW (10 top 100) CHs that look very attractive that are stacked with good players , old conocieurs and good prospects.

What others can be considered ? Your top fave recommended may be
 

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I think that you just have to follow the entry lists like here:


This will give you a hint of what can be a good tournament or not. Usually those 100K+ challengers attract quite a lot of Top100 players.

I like watching them all, even some obscure ones in Uzbekistan or China or wherever. Just because I play tennis myself and know how difficult it must be to play on the Top500 level, all these guys are awesome.
 

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I love Sarasota Open and Tallahasse Challengers in April.
 

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Now that it is back on the calendar and if you like grass court tennis, Surbiton should be good for you, during the 2nd week of the French Open.
 

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Surbiton , yeah last year I followed it cause of Evans and other years too, my fave fast courts players like chardy and brown won it
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I think that you just have to follow the entry lists like here:


This will give you a hint of what can be a good tournament or not. Usually those 100K+ challengers attract quite a lot of Top100 players.

I like watching them all, even some obscure ones in Uzbekistan or China or wherever. Just because I play tennis myself and know how difficult it must be to play on the Top500 level, all these guys are awesome.
Serious question, and I don’t mean this in a rude way, but how do you and these other guys have time to watch all of these random obscure challengers?
 

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I like Ilkley on grass in the Yorkshire (same weeks as the Queens), beautiful setting.
Also Montevideo, an old one on clay.
Heilbronn in Germany 2 weeks prior to RG is also a good one.
Last summer, I stopped during my holiday in Portoroz in Slovenia, there is a challenger every August there on hard court, nice setting really, next to the Sea, same as for Como in Italy, where I passed a couple of years ago next to the club where they organize it, such a wonderful setting.
Genoa is also a very good challenger every year in September.
Actually, there are a lot of very nice clubs, settings, places for the Challenger tour.
 

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Im bookmarking this one , thanks all
 

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Challengers in the 2nd week of a slam are usually great because many higher ranked players that wouldn't otherwise play a challenger try to enter if they go out early.

Other ones that I really like are Surbiton, Helibronn, Nottingham, San Benedetto, Sopot, Orleans (always lots of good French players & atmosphere) and Tallahassee, which is the only men's tournament in the ATP/CH level to use Har-tru clay.
 

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Serious question, and I don’t mean this in a rude way, but how do you and these other guys have time to watch all of these random obscure challengers?
I don't watch them all the time :)))))

But maybe one match per week and some games or sets from one match or the other.

When I am putting my kids to sleep I usually lie with them in bed and I am lurking at my mobile while reading the child book (which I know by heart tbh, so I can pretend I am reading lol)

Whenever I have time. Of course I prefer watching some good TV series with my wife, but when everybody goes to sleep and everything is said and done - I can open a beer and watch some mugs grinding it out.
 

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Serious question, and I don’t mean this in a rude way, but how do you and these other guys have time to watch all of these random obscure challengers?
I was lucky enough to be a professional tennis trader from 2012 to 2017, then a sportsbook manager after that. My life was just watching all levels of tennis (and also getting to travel around Europe to tourneys), then as a SB manager watching all sports all day.
 

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Savannah CH gave me that qualies WC back in 2014 so of course I love that one

Sarasota has a great setting
 
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