Pune: India’s longest running ATP challenger, the $50000 KPIT-MSLTA ATP Challenger, will be played at the Mhalunge-Balewadi Tennis Complex in the city from November 17 to 24.
The tournament, which is being played for the fifth consecutive year, will see all the top Indian names apart from players from over 20 countries make up a strong line-up.
“I’m happy that our tournament has helped Indian players move up to the newer heights to build on their careers. I am happy that we have been able to achieve a fair success with our aim to promote Indian tennis players and Asian players through the event, ” Kishor Patil, President of PMDTA and Chairman of the organising committee, said.
“Over the last four years our winners have moved into the top 100 club with their wins here. We hope this year too this event will help the winner to move into the coveted top-100 bracket, “ Patil added.
“The KPIT MSLTA Challenger has become popular and bigger and better players are participating regularly making the event stronger every year,” said Sunder Iyer, Honorary Secretary of MSLTA .
“The cut-off this year is at a high of 270 which makes it a very strong Challenger at this level. Our Challengers consistency on the ATP calender has won us accolades from ATP too and naturally we are happy that now there are two more challengers in India–one in Bengaluru and Chennai,” Sunder pointed out.
“We expect at least 8-10 players from India to make it to ATP draws in the main and qualifying draw which in turn will provide them an opportunity to compete at a world class level and that too on the home turf, ” Sunder added.
The qualifying round will be played on November 17 and 18 followed by the main draw, which begins on November 19. The semifinals and doubles final is scheduled for Friday, November 23, while the final will be played on November 24.
The winner of will get $7, 200 (approx Rs 5, 25, 000) and gain 80 ATP points, while the runners up will get $4, 053 and 55 ATP points.
Apart from the tournament proper, the event adds up a host of tennis festive activities for all segments.