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Bengaluru Open-18 ATP Challenger.

Bengaluru Open-18 ATP Challenger

Bengaluru, 11 October, 2018   

Asia’s biggest ATP Challenger, Bengaluru Open returns to the city.

Organized by the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association, the richest ATP event internationally now has new event to select Wild Card player.

 Bengaluru, Oct 11: The Bengaluru Open, one of the most important ATP Challenger tournaments in the circuit, will return to the city. Organized by the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association, the Bangalore Open will be held between Nov 12-17 this year. The Bengaluru Open will offer a prize purse of USD 150,000, an increase of USD 50,000 over last edition. The tournament will be a perfect platform for National and International players, as well as aspiring local players, to compete at an International Challenger stage, and improve their ATP rankings, and compete at Grand Slams.

A public 30-day countdown to the event was initiated today at a press conference by the Honorable Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, Dr. G Parameshwara. Speaking about the tournament, Dr G Parameshwara said, “Brand Bengaluru is associated with Technology, with culture, with gardens and greenery. But Bengaluru City is also known for its sporting prowess and spirit. Bengaluru Open is all about that. Bengaluru Open we hope will be a platform to bring international and national tennis players together and offer them a fantastic playing field. It will be the perfect stage to demonstrate to the world Bengaluru is a truly dynamic, multi-faceted city”

 “I am sure the event will not only attract the top players but also be a great learning experience for the young tennis players in the city. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the youth to see their favorite sport stars in person and experience international tennis right from the centre court,” he added.

The ATP Challenger Bengaluru Open, apart from earning the winner USD 21600, will also give a chance to homegrown players to earn valuable ATP points and improve their ranking on the ATP circuit. Sumit Nagal, who is currently the defending champion, had jumped 96 places and reached a career best ranking of 225 after his fairytale victory in the 2017 Bengaluru Open.

Addressing the press, Shri Priyank Kharge, Honorable Minister of Social Welfare, Government of Karnataka, and Chairman, Organizing Committee, Bengaluru Open, said, “The Government of Karnataka is happy to provide support to the Bengaluru Open which is now the biggest event on the ATP circuit in the Asian region.

 Through our support, we intend to not only promote tennis but help in growing the sport and ensure all deserving players get a chance to compete. We hope more and more youngsters take to the sport and bring our city, great pride with their victories.”

The Minister remarked that the KSLTA was leaving no stone unturned to make the event a huge success.

The KSLTA will be organizing a national-level ranking tournament, from Oct 22 to Oct 27. The winner of the men’s singles will earn a direct entry into the main round of the ATP Challenger as a wild card. Additionally, winners will earn a prize money of up to Rs. 3 lakhs. Meanwhile at the Bengaluru Open, a main draw of 32 players will compete to lift the cup and proceed to the top of the rankings. The 32 players will comprise of - 22 players who have earned a direct entry, 4 wildcard players, four qualifiers (draw of 32) and 2 players from special exempted category.

KSLTA will also be scouting for ball kids for the tournament amongst the trainees from the various academies located in the City. 

Presiding over the function, former Dy. Chief Minister and Senior Vice President of KSLTA, Shri R Ashoka lauded the efforts of the Government of Karnataka in supporting the event. “We are happy to host the ATP Challenger in Bengaluru. On behalf of KSLTA, we profusely thank the Government of Karnataka, especially the Hon. Deputy CM Dr. G Parameshwara for the support to the event,” he said. “We also appreciate the effort of Shri Priyank Kharge, Minister for Social Welfare for taking the lead in organizing this mega event aimed at promoting the city of Bengaluru as a truly global city,” he added.

Former National coach and AITA Development Officer, Sunil Yajaman who will be the tournament Director, while welcoming the gathering said that he was hopeful of some big names signing on to compete. “With last year’s success, the event has created a ripple amongst the tour regulars. We are hoping for a better field than the last edition. We will give our best to ensure that the players take back happy memories,” he said.  

For its part, the KSLTA hopes to conduct big ticket events. The Association has already hosted many National and International events including ATP World doubles championship, Davis Cup and the WTA where the famed William sisters – Serena and Venus - once graced these courts. With a world class facility set amidst a serene backdrop and some quality tennis, a tennis buff cannot ask for more.

The dignitaries and professionals were united in hoping that the Bengaluru Open will soon be a regular fixture in the sporting calendar of the country, and be an important stop for international players in search of that Grand Slam victory.

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