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The Samarkand Challenger is an outdoor clay court tournament held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The 2015 tournament will be the 19th edition of the event. The total prize money is around $50,000.

 

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The reigning champion of the tourney is Farrukh Dustov who was also the runner-up back in 2012. The tournament has been dominated by players from the region. We have three previous Uzbek winners and a couple of Russian ones as well.

 

The since retired Oleg Ogorodov is the record champion with two trophies. Other notable winners include a former top 10 player in Janko Tipsarevic and Mariano Puerta, who made the final of the 2005 Roland Garros a decade ago.

 

The top seed – and probably the top favorite as well – is Teymuraz Gabashvili who is also a former winner after emerging victorious back in 2012.

 

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Curiously enough, there are no repeat winners in tournament history. If Dustov can do it this year, he will become the first back-to-back champ in Samarkand.

 

Posted: 12th May 2014

 

How many times do you see a tournament being held in a country like Uzbekistan? Not very often, normally the tournaments you hear about are the big league tournaments in European Countries.

 

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It will be taking place from 12th to 18th of May, in 2014, and this will be its 18th Edition. It has been taking place all the way since 1996, every single year on the clay courts in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

 

This is exactly what makes this tournament unique. And it shows that you can find Tennis talent anywhere in the world. Moreover, this tournament is a part of the Association of Tennis Professionals.

 

There will be 32 singles teams and 16 doubles team competing for the total prize of 50,000 dollars. The highest seeded player is Uzbekistan’s own Denis Istomin, who is 55th in the World rankings as of 5th May.

 

Last year this tournament was won by Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili, who beat out Ukraine’s Oleksandr Nedovyesov in order to win.

 

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Players arrive from many tournaments, even places like Spain and Canada in order to take a start in gaining some experience. Some players are very young, looking to make their place in the Tennis world.

 


Tags: Samarkand Challenger, Farrukh Dustov, Oleg Ogorodov, Janko Tipsarevic, Mariano Puerta, Teymuraz Gabashvili, Samarkand, Denis Istomin, Oleksandr Nedovyesov
Posted: 11th May 2015


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