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The 2016 Columbus Challenger will be played this week in the state of Ohio, USA. The tournament will feature a mix of local and international talent, and let us have a look at some of them.


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Benjamin Becker is the most experienced player in the event, who has been given the top seed. But having lost in the first round itself in the entire US Open series, the German is on the prowl now to get some traction and rebuild his form. While the Challenger circuit does offer that chance, there are others who may make his life harder. Dennis Novikov is a young gun who is coming in as the second seed. He last played in Cary Challenger where he was the semifinalist. Similarly, Austin Krajicek is coming in as the third seed after a pretty disappointing spell on the ATP circuit earlier. However, he hasn't had that much luck on the Challenger circuit either. Lastly, we have Peter Polansky from Canada who will be playing as the fourth seed. Among the above names, he is the one with most momentum.


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He recently won the Gatineau Challenger followed by a quarterfinal run at Cary. It is certainly hard to predict who may emerge as the victor here, but it is certainly worth following.


Posted: 21st September 2015


Played on outdoor hard court, the Columbus Challenger is an American Challenger level tournament held annually in Columbus, Ohio. Being played in North-America, the event is always a big pull for those borderline American top 100 players who cannot compete in the biggest indoor events.


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For them, playing a tournament like that is a nice consolation. While the total prize money is “only” $50,000, the relative strength (or more like lack thereof) of the tourney makes it possible for youngsters to come out and show that they have a nice future in the sport. Many quality players played here when they were young, and that pattern will likely continue in the future. When it comes to the 2015 lineup, we cannot see a single top 100 players in the main draw, but that is to be expected. While there are no current top 100 players, we have a couple of competitors who have been there on previous occasions. Top seed Tim Smyczek was as high as 68th earlier this year, and his compatriot, fourth seed Ryan Harrison was as high as 43rd back in July, 2012


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These two won’t be able to meet in the final because they are on the same side of the draw, but the player who can win their theoretical semifinal matchup, will almost certainly be the favorite in the final.


Tags: Columbus Challenger, Benjamin Becker, Dennis Novikov, Austin Krajicek, Peter Polansky, Tim Smyczek, Ryan Harrison
Posted: 19th September 2016

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