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The Challenger Tour is the springboard to fame for the future stars of professional tennis.

Nearly every player on the ATP World Tour has fought his way to the top of the game through the Challengers. Every player in the Top 10 South African Airways ATP Rankings competed in the Challenger Tour in the early part of his career. Former No. 1 Pete Sampras, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all progressed through the Challenger level before going on to the top of men’s professional tennis.

Challenger events are run under the rules and regulations of the ATP World Tour and are fully administered under the umbrella of the ATP. Challenger tournaments are assigned South African Airways ATP Ranking points according to the on-site prize money of each event. Prize money ranges from $35,000+H to $150,000.

In 2008, 177 Challenger tournaments were held in more than 40 countries throughout the world. The total prize money was $10.7 million.

Not only do these tournaments give fans the fun and excitement of watching first class matches, but by providing opportunities for young players to develop their talents, the ATP Challenger Tour ensures the continued success of professional tennis. The competition at this level is intense, with young up-and-coming players fighting for those vital South African Airways ATP Ranking points that will qualify them to compete at the very top level of their profession.

The Challenger Tour also brings men’s professional tennis to countries where ATP World Tour events are not held. Tennis fans in countries like Ukraine, Belgium, Slovenia or Korea can also enjoy the spectacle of the best new players in men’s tennis.

The ATP World Tour, since its inception in 1990, has placed emphasis on the development of the Challengers, and success is increasing over years.

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