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The city of Izmir will be hosting the Izmir Cup this week on the Challenger Circuit. Let us have a look at the profiles of some of the names highlighting the event.


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Lukas Lacko has been seeded first, who is coming to his first Challenger event since May. He hasn't been that successful on the ATP circuit off lately, which is why his decision to build some traction on the Challenger is a well thought one. Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland will also be playing in the event as the second seed. He last played in Istanbul Challenger where he reached the final four. He has been alternating between Challenger and ATP circuit, with not much success in either of them. Moving further below in the rankings, we find Mirza Basic, whose last major feat was the semifinal run in the St. Remy Challenger. He also has a record of 6-5 on the ATP circuit, which in all fairness is still better than the other players'. Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium has been seeded fourth, who last lost in the qualifying rounds of Istanbul Challenger.


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Interestingly, he lost to Basic in St. Remy and will be keen on avenging his defeat here. Marius Copil, Ilya Ivashka and Aleksandr Nedovyesov will also be playing in the tournament.


Posted: 21st September 2015


The 2015 Turk Telecom Izmir Cup will be the eighth edition in tournament history, but we already know that the reigning champion won t try to defend his title. Borna Coric, the 18-year-old prodigy went all the way last year, defeating Malek Jaziri in the final 6-1, 6-7 (7), 6-4.


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A hard court tournament, the Izmir Cup offered a perfect opportunity for the young Croat to hone his skills which he did in admirable fashion. Currently being the 38th player in the world, it is clear as day that Coric has moved on to bigger and better things since, but his adversary from the 2014 final will be in the main draw. The Tunisian Malek Jaziri will be the second seed of the tournament, and he already got passed his first obstacle. The total prize money of the tournament is over €64,000 this year, which is a rather hefty sum at that level. If we take a look at the past winners, we can see that the organizers did a marvelous job bringing in some solid ATP talent each year.


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In fact, two of the last three winners were also ATP titlists, Dmitry Tursunov in 2012 (seven-time career titlist) and Mikhail Kukushkin in 2013 (one-time career titlist). They won’t compete this year, but three-time runner-up (2009-2011) Marsel Ilhan will, in fact he will be the top seed, surely trying to finally get over the hump.


Posted: 15th September 2014


The tournament will start on 15th September, 2014. This tournament has always live to the expectations of the fans as it has able to attract some of the most finely and popular tennis players of the world. All the players are highly motivated and charged to win over their opponents.


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This season ATP moves to Turkey for the most exciting tennis tournament, Turk Telecom Izmir Cup. The cup is played on the outdoor hard courts of UTEM Tennis Club in Izmir, Turkey. The cup is being played under the banner of Association Of Tennis Professionals Challenger Tour every year since 2008. The aggressive nature of the players has always adds to the excitement associated with the tournament for the last six years. People come in large numbers to watch this exciting tournament with their families and friend. It has turned out to be one of the most watched tournaments in Turkey.


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Excitement and crunch matches are evident from the last year tournament where Mikhail Kukushkin played masterly to win the title for his country, Kazakhstan. Winner of the tournament does not only get the title and appreciation from the fans but will also get a huge prize money amount of €64,000.


Posted: 16th September 2013


Izmir, Turkey lightens up with the hustle and bustle of tennis talk and frenzy, as ATP Challenger Tour lands in its vicinity yet again, this time for a week, from 16th to 22nd of September, 2013.


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The official list of players that has been updated with the press so far involves 22 direct entries, with 4 Wildcard contestants and 4 qualifiers. The list includes Marsel Ilhan, Marsel from Turkey, who currently happens to be the sole representative of his homeland on it. Russia, however, contributes three players, including the famous Dmitry Tursunov to rock the Turkish hard courts. Two players have been counted from Canada, and no less than four from the USA, including Steve Johnson and Denis Kudla. Multiple other players from multiple other countries have also been enlisted. 64,000 Pounds have been reported to be the worth of being a winner. The surface on which the matches are to be played will be hard or acrylic.


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While Izmir is all perked up, the organizers of the event are getting no less rest. The ticket hotline has been reportedly whirring endlessly and the stands are going to be seemingly filled to every last inch.


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