2009 Draw Challenge Circuit
Game, Set, March Kicks Off ATP World Tour 2009 Draw Challenge Circuit
by ATP Staff|
Play the 2009 Draw Challenge Circuit for your chance to win a VIP trip for two to the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.
The circuit kicks off March 12 with a special ‘Game. Set. March.’ double header at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (Mar. 12-22) and the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami (Mar. 25-Apr. 5). The fan who earns the most points at these two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments will win a VIP trip to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. The Indian Wells main draw will be made at 4 p.m. EST on March 10 and entries must be received by 2 p.m. EST on March 12.
‘Game. Set. March’ also marks the beginning of the season-long, 12-tournament 2009 Draw Challenge Circuit, which comprises all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events and the three remaining Grand Slam tournaments. The winner at the end of the circuit, which concludes mid-November at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, will also earn a VIP trip for two to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Additionally, any fan who picks a perfect draw at any of the 12 tournaments will win a VIP trip for two to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Plus, as part of the ‘Game. Set. March.’ contest, $1,000, $500 and $250 Tennis Warehouse shopping sprees will be awarded to the top three finishers at the BNP Paribas Open and the top three finishers at the Sony Ericsson Open.
Don't miss out on the season-long action and your chance to join the Top 8 singles players and Top 8 doubles teams in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
'Game. Set. March.' Draw Opens March 10
Since 1990, six players have captured the Indian Wells and Miami titles in the same year, with Roger Federer the only player to accomplish the feat twice (2005-06).
In the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, every former champion in the past seven years is entered in the draw, led by defending champ Novak Djokovic. Other winners include World No. 1 Rafael Nadal (2007), Federer (2004-06) and Lleyton Hewitt (2002-03).
Last year American Mardy Fish made a surprise run to the final win five straight wins over seeded opponents, including three Top 10 wins -- No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko (3rd Rd.), No. 7 David Nalbandian (QF) and No. 1 Roger Federer (SF). Fish, at No. 98, was the fifth-lowest ranked player to reach an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.
At the Sony Ericsson Open, there are four former winners in the field, led by reigning champ Nikolay Davydenko, who beat Nadal in the 2008 final. Other former champs include Djokovic (2007), Federer (2005-06) and top American Andy Roddick (2004).
Top players have performed well at both tournaments over the years. The champion at Indian Wells has been ranked in the Top 4 every year since 2001 with Alex Corretja the last winner outside the Top 10 at No. 26 in 2000. In Miami, the winner has been ranked in the Top 3 the past six years with Andre Agassi the last champion outside the Top 5 at No. 10 in 2002.
Good luck in this season's Draw Challenge Circuit and in your quest to secure a trip to London for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals!
Remember, you can make your first selections Tuesday, March 10 ahead of the start of the BNP Paribas Open Thursday, March 12 at Indian Wells.