ATP CHALLENGER TOUR
ATP Hosts Challenger Workshop in Shanghai
by ATP Staff|
Last week in Shanghai, the ATP hosted a Challenger Workshop to promote the growth of Challenger events in the region. Held at the Hilton Hotel, it was the first workshop to be held in the International Region.
Gilles Simon, Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Marcelo Melo gathered with ATP staff to speak to Challenger event organisers and international media about their thoughts on the importance of ATP Challenger tournaments and the impact on player development. Over 25 Tournament Directors and Federation representatives from Australia, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, India and Singapore attended.
The workshop gave Asian tournament representatives the opportunity to discuss the growth, development and promotion of the Challenger Circuit in the region. There was particular emphasis placed on the importance of creating a well-structured calendar, giving players the chance to play national or regional swings, and the diversification of prize money, enabling players to play for higher points in their own region. The tournaments were also invited to share ideas on sponsorship, local participation, media and publicity.
Executive Vice President of the International Group, Alison Lee, commented, “There are many places in the Middle East and Asia that would like to host an ATP World Tour tournament, but we really need these countries to understand the importance of hosting more Challenger events, to develop their up-and-coming players.
“In the Asia Pacific region we have only 17 Challenger events out of 151 events worldwide this year. As a region, we need to encourage these Promoters and Federations to learn from Spain, France or South America – countries that have an integrated structure of tournaments from Juniors, through Futures, Challengers and ATP World Tour events.
“We also wanted to encourage these Challenger Promoters to work together to create more effective swings, stimulate sponsorship and learn best practices from each other.”