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The action on the ATP tour may have been over, but the Challenger series continues with the Knoxville Challenger set to be played this week. Let us take a look at some of the contenders for the tournament.

 

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Daniel Evans of Great Britain has been seeded first, who is coming back on the tour after a long hiatus. He last played in the ATP Tokyo, where he lost in the qualifier round. Given his lack of momentum, it is something from which others may benefit. 18 year old Francis Tiafoe is the second seeded player here, who won the Stockton Challenger earlier last month. He also reached the second round of couple of other Challenger events. Jared Donaldson is another youngster to join the event in Knoxville. Seeded third, he last played in Charlottesville, where he made it to the quarterfinal. He also reached the third round of US Open, all the way from the qualifiers. Lastly, there's Bjorn Fratangelo who will be playing here as the fourth seed. His form hasn't been that grand, seeing that he incurred early losses in his last few events.

 

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The action here this week is surely going to be an intense one, with all the youngsters battling it out. This is surely going to be an interesting tournament to follow.

 

Posted: 9th November 2015

 

The Knoxville Challenger is an outdoor hard court tournament annually held in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. This year's event will be the twelfth edition in tournament history, a chronicle that dates back to 2000.

 

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The mathematically fluent readers probably already figured it out, this means that the tournament went on a bit of a hiatus at some point. Indeed, after a three-year long initial run, the tourney wasn't held between 2003 and 2006. If we take a look at the previous champions, we can see two things. The first, as most American tournaments, the event was largely dominated by home players. 7 out of the 12 champions were Americans, and never the same player. The list of star-spangled champions include James Blake, Robert Kendrick, Bobby Reynolds, Taylor Dent, Jesse Levine, Michael Russell and Tim Symczek. With that information, we already touched upon the other point, the rather impressive talent pool. Blake wasn't the only talented player who ended up in the top 10 later, the 2010 winner Kei Nishikori also reached those heights and then some.

 

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While the American has "only" managed to reach three Grand Slam quarterfinals (twice at the US Open, once at the Australian Open), Nishikori already has one US Open final from 2014.

 

Posted: 4th November 2013

 

For a 5 day tournament to be held on the hard indoor courts of University of Tennessee, the ATP Challenger Tour reaches the United States of America, at Knoxville. The tournament is scheduled to be played from the 5th of November to the 10th of the same month, 2013.

 

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An astonishing strength of players from the USA alone will be playing this winter. Together with Dennis, Alex, Jesse and, of course, Williams, USA is sending in an army of ten, to play for the cup. Australia responds to Smith and Samuel, both quite renowned and well-rehearsed in the art of tennis. The sole representative of Canada is Polansky in the tournament. Russia, too, has signed up a single player, Alex Bogomolov Jr, for the US tour. From the Republic of South Africa, Van der Merwe has agreed to play in the matches. Prize money of $50,000 has been announced to the media. Tickets are currently available online on the official website, and will also be available on the door of the court at the time of the match each day.

 

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The tournament aims at the rising stars of tennis, enabling them to set records of ATP points before they get into the big games.

 

Posted: 5th November 2012

 

On ATP Challenger Tour this week, those from the WTA and ATP tours the ready to wrap up another season of tennis, with the ATP Tour finals, which are to be played at the O2 Stadium in London. There are five other challenger tournaments this week, one of them played in Brazil, and another in Bratislava, Slovakia. This tournament is a hardcourt event worth 85,000 Euros. Ortisei, Italy will also feature a tournament, also played on hard courts, and worth 64,000 Euros. Finally, we have a hard tournament in Great Britain.

 

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This tournament is called the Knoxville Challenger, and it happens in Knoxville, Tennessee in the United States, from November 4th to the 11th. This tournament is played on hard courts for $50,000 and the top seed in this event will be well up there on the rankings, in the 69th spot. That man is Jesse Levine, the number one seed. Alex Bogomolov Jr., who is ranked at 96th will be the number two seed and then Michael Russell and Mischa Zverev are going to be the third and fourth. Fifth seed in this event is Ryan Sweeting.

 


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Posted: 7th November 2016


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