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The scenic town of Maui, United States, will be hosting the Maui Challenger this week, featuring some of the young and talented stars on the circuit. The top seed for the tournament has been awarded to the 20 year old Jared Donaldson.

 

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Ranked at the 101st position, he last played in the Australian Open, where he lost his opening match in five sets to Rogerio Dutra Silva. Prior to that, he played in ATP Brisbane, where he reached the second round, all the way from qualifiers. Next in the line is the promising young Korean Hyeon Chung, who turned a lot of heads on the tour after a superb last season. He too played in Melbourne, where he lost in the second round to Grigor Dimitrov. These two seeds are the players who can very well reach the final. Next in the line is the Japanese Yuichi Sugita, who most recently, lost in the qualifiers of Australian Open. However, prior to that, he played in Bangkok Challenger, where he reached the semifinal.

 

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Lastly, there's his compatriot Taro Daniel, who has been seeded fourth for the tournament. He has been losing in the qualifiers of his last two tournaments, and is coming to Maui with absolutely little or no momentum. This will be an interesting tournament to watch.

 

Posted: 25th January 2016

 

The 2016 Royal Lahaina Challenger will be the seventh edition in tournament history, with a $50,000 total financial commitment on the organizers' part. The reigning champion of the event is Jared Donaldson who will likely participate in the tournament. Despite being seeded 21st in the qualifying rounds, the American lost in the first round.

 

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His opponent was a teen prodigy, Donaldson's compatriot Francis Tiafoe. The youngster handled his more accomplished fellow countryman with relative ease, defeating him 6-3, 6-3 (Tiafoe lost in the next round to Peter Gojowczyk 3-6, 2-6). As a result, the reigning champion will almost certainly travel to Maui. Just like the week's other Challenger tournament the Claro Open, the Royal Lahaina Challenger has been moved to an earlier date as well and the organizers kind of painted themselves in a corner with this decision. With last year's January 25th starting date, they had the luxury of bringing in several top 150 players who lost during the first week of the Australian Open.

 

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They will not be able to enjoy the same advantages this year. The draw is not out yet but we can expect a couple of top 180 players like Donaldson who could not make the main draw in Melbourne. The Royal Lahaina tournament will be a nice little consolation prize for them in a beautiful environment.

 

Posted: 27th January 2015

 

The Maui edition of the ATP Challenger Tour will be played this week and it will feature some of the youngest and brightest stars of the tennis world.

 

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The top seeded player is the 22 year old American Denis Kudla, who will be playing in his first challenger event of the year. He started his season by playing at Sydney and Brisbane, but didn’t have much luck there and never made it past the initial rounds. Last season, he won a challenger trophy at Winnetka and also reached the second round at Wimbledon. Placed in his half is his third seeded compatriot Michael Russell, who played in the Australian Open, but never made it past the qualifying stages. In the bottom half of the draw is placed the second seeded American Bradley Klahn, who won the competition last year, along with two other challenger events at Traralgon and West Lakes. His compatriot Ryan Harrison has been seeded fourth and has been placed in the same half. Harrison has already won a challenger event at Happy Valley in Australia, earlier this year, overcoming Marcos Baghdatis in the final.

 

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With still in the early phase of the season, these players have a good opportunity to get some experience.

 

Posted: 21st January 2013

 

One of the three tournaments that are being played this week on the ATP Challenger Tour – the Tennis Tour for those tennis stars that are earning points and money with the hopes of being at the top in the near future. Our featured tournament is a $50,000 affair that will take place on hard courts in Maui, Hawaii, in the United States. There is also another hard court event that will be played in Heilbronn, Germany for 85,000 Euros, and then a third tournament in Bucaramanga, Columbia, played on clay courts for $35,000.

 

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This tournament is going to be called the Maui Challenger, and it happens from January 20th to the 27th on hard plexipave courts. It will be played in Wailea, Maui in the United States for $50,000. The number one seed in this tournament is Go Soeda, who is ranked 73rd and Tatsuma Ito is the number two seed. Michael Russell is the third seed and then Tim Smyczek is fourth. The fifth and the sixth seeds are Denis Kukla and Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Thiago Alves takes the seventh spot. Ryan Sweeting comes in at eighth.

 


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Posted: 23rd January 2017


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