Challenger Canberra Live
The East Hotel Canberra Challenger is being played this week. Many emerging players are participating in the tournament, and are looking to get some traction before the first Grand Slam of the year.
Jan Lennard Struff has been awarded the first seed, and is coming in after an early defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Qatar Open. Last season, he alternated between ATP, Challenger and Future circuits, but didn't have much success in any of them. Next up in the line is the Austrian Gerald Melzer, who played slightly better in Qatar than his first seeded adversary. While he managed to reach the second round there, he ended up losing to Andy Murray in straight sets. However, he was certainly impressive, given that he lost the first set in a tie-breaker and the second one by 5-7. The third seed for the tournament too began his season on a rather disappointing note. Pierre-Hughes Herbert last played in the Brisbane International, but only to lose the opening match to the world no. 180 Sam Groth. Lastly, there's Renzo Olivo, who played in the Aircel Chennai Open. Over there, he reached the second round before losing to the Russian Mikhail Youzhny.
All the players are quite experienced in playing on the Challenger circuits. With new talent coming up, they can certainly expect some heavy resistances in the tournament.
Posted: 31st October 2016
The ATP Challenger Tour continues this week, with the next tournament being the APIS Canberra International. Let us take a look some of the players who will be competing this week in Canberra.
The top seed is the 22 year old local favourite Jordan Thompson, who is coming in this tournament sailing high on confidence. He last played in the Vietnam Open Challenger, where he emerged as the champion. He also played in the Chengdu Open on the ATP circuit, where he lost in the first round to Kevin Anderson. Moving on to the second seed, it's yet another young player - the 21 year old Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka. He has been working far more hard, given that his record on the ATP Tour is 10-12. His feats include a semifinal run to the ATP Atlanta, and also winning a couple of challenger trophies. Marco Trungelliti of Argentina will also be playing in the tournament, as the fourth seed. He last played in Las Vegas Challenger, where he was the semifinalist. Lastly, we have James Duckworth - another Australian who is set to grace the event. He is coming in from a long break, given that he last played in ATP Tokyo, where he lost in the second round.
There are many young players in the tournament and it will be interesting to see who manages to come out on the top.
Posted: 11th January 2016
The Canberra ATP Challenger is an annual outdoor hard court tournament held in Canberra, Australia. The total financial commitment from the sponsors will be $75,000, most of which will go to the winner.
This year's event will be the first edition of the tournament (in its new form) but Tennis ACT boss Ross Triffit is hopeful that the competition could find its permanent place in the ATP Challenger calendar. The remarkable 10 top 10 players who he managed to lure in for the tourney could no doubt be a big help in achieving that. The top eight seeds of the tournament will be Paolo Lorenzi, Santiago Giraldo, Daniel Munoz de la Nava, Marcel Granollers, Ivan Dodig, Diego Schwartzman, Evgeny Donskoy and Taro Daniel, all of whom are current members of the top 100. It is extremely rare when a Challenger level tournament can accomplish this feat (having all eight seeded players from the top 100), but having the Australian Open opening day so close on the calendar certainly helps.
There isn't really a single obvious favorite from this main draw, basically each and any of these players could go all the way, including a couple of non-seeded players.
Posted: 2nd November 2015
With its $50,000 total financial commitment, the Canberra Tennis International is only the second most lucrative (with a four-way tie) Challenger event of the week, way behind the Hua Hin Championships.
When we factor in the fact that the tourney will register its very first competition, that prize money start to make more and more sense. As usually, the first step the organizers took was to try to lure in some quality home-grown talent. While the Australian tennis is not what it once was, they still have multiple top 100 players. While they could not even dream about being able to bring their two best talents (Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios), they have managed to get the "next best" thing. World number 77 John Millman will be the top seed, followed by his compatriots, world number 124 Matthew Ebden and world number 164 Jordan Thompson. The Aussie brigade will be completed by world number 275 Alex bolt, whose ranking will be just enough to become the eighth seed of the tournament. All three of the top seeds are going to be Australians, and the truth is that Millman is a little bit too good for this tournament.
This would make it borderline shocking it he would find a way to lose it. Clearly the runaway favorite to bring home the trophy.
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Posted: 9th January 2017
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