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Andrej Martin takes first Challenger title in nearly two years with San Luis Title, Aljaz Bedene wins in Barletta

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Martin sealed his first title of 2017 with the win over Menendez Maceiras (Zimbio.com)

Andrej Martin ensured that lightning could not strike twice in three weeks as he denied Adrian Menendez Maceiras another Challenger title by defeating the Spaniard 7-5, 6-4 in Mexico. Menendez Maceiras had gone almost a decade between winning his first Challenger title in Pozoblanco and his second in Leon just two weeks ago.

 

Martin dominated the first set, but a game Menendez Macieras kept in touch until he was finally broken late in the set. Martin finally converted on his fifth break point for the lead.

Martin did drop serve in the second set, but stayed strong from there on in. The Slovak continued to have success against Menendez Macieras’ second serve and was rewarded with two breaks and the title.

It is Martin’s seventh Challenger title, and his first since August 2015.

Britain’s Aljaz Bedene continued his recent good form in Barletta. After briefly dropping out of the Top 100 after a poor start to the season, Bedene sealed his second Challenger title in consecutive weeks. Bedene took down top seed Gastao Elias 7-6, 6-3 for the title, and also dispatched Lukas Rosol and Marco Cecchinato. Bedene projects to move to around No.64 in the world when the rankings are changed to reflect his title run. Bedene is in hot form on the Challenger circuit this year and he adds Barletta to the titles he won in Irving (def. Kukushkin) and Verrazzano (def. Paire.)

Week’s talking points: Miomir Kecmanovic took strides to improve his rapidly growing reputation with a semi-final run that included wins over third seed Stefan Kozlov and seventh seed Marcelo Arevalo. His run was ended by a straight sets loss to Menendez Maceiras. The Serbian projects to move inside the Top 500 for the first time when next week’s rankings come out.

Second seed Gerald Melzer’s poor form across 2017 continued, as he only managed a quarter-final run. The Austrian won four Challenger titles last year, and reached two other finals last year. He would have hoped for a better run this week to take the pressure off of next week’s event in Sarasota, one of the two tournaments where he is defending runner-up points. Melzer’s ranking has dropped this season, and without a good run will struggle to make the main draw of Roland Garros directly.

 

 

 

 

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ATP Challenger: Entry Lists For Canberra, Columbus, Da Nang LIVE

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In the second week of the season, three tournaments in three different continents will be played on the Challenger Tour.

 

Canberra (Australia), Columbus (USA) and Da Nang (Vietnam) will be “Challenger 80” events, with large main draws and only one round of qualifying, following to the 2019 reform. Roberto Carballes Baena, Marcel Granollers and Illya Marchenko headline the entry lists.

 

Canberra (AUS, Hard), entry list:
73 Carballes Baena, Roberto (ESP)
86 Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
89 Vesely, Jiri (CZE)
OUT Darcis, Steve (BEL)
91 Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
167 Polmans, Marc (AUS)
OUT Giustino, Lorenzo (ITA)
OUT Brown, Dustin (GER)
OUT Clezar, Guilherme (BRA)
235 Duckworth, James (AUS)
OUT Kwon, Soonwoo (KOR)
275 Chung, Yunseong (KOR)
276 Benchetrit, Elliot (FRA)
278 Li, Zhe (CHN)
OUT Banes, Maverick (AUS)
303 Brkic, Tomislav (BIH)
308 Wu, Di (CHN)
310 Lamasine, Tristan (FRA)
OUT Altamirano, Collin (USA)
329 Smith, Roy (AUS)
332 Olivo, Renzo (ARG)
334 Wang, Tak Khunn (FRA)
OUT Gojo, Borna (CRO)
342 Grenier, Hugo (FRA)
344 Harris, Andrew (AUS)
346 Barrios Vera, Marcelo Tomas (CHI)
347 Kelly, Dayne (AUS)
OUT Vukic, Aleksandar (AUS)
OUT Ellis, Blake (AUS)
355 Xia, Zihao (CHN)
OUT Saville, Luke (AUS)
372 Huesler, Marc-Andrea (SUI)
OUT Caruana, Liam (ITA)
404 Lo, Chien-hsun (TPE)
409 Klein, Brydan (GBR)
412 Grills, Jacob (AUS)
ITF20 Zhurbin, Alexander (RUS)
ITF59 Doumbia, Sadio (FRA)
OUT Lock, Benjamin (ZIM)
OUT Niklas-Salminen, Patrik (FIN)
ITF130 Sinclair, Colin (NMI)
ITF146 Bortolotti, Marco (ITA)
WC Frawley, James (AUS)
WC Addison, Aaron (AUS)
WC Mousley, Bradley (AUS)
WC Evans, Tom (AUS)
WC Bosancic, Thomas (AUS)
Qualifying:
(Alternate)
(Alternate)
(Alternate)
OUT Tseng, Chun Hsin (TPE)
OUT Beale, Jeremy (AUS)
OUT Giner, Marc (ESP)
WC Vuradin, Lucas (AUS)
Alternates (ITF):
OUT Pla Malfeito, Jaume (ESP) ITF211
OUT Look, Michael (AUS) ITF228
OUT Fancutt, Thomas (AUS) ITF271
OUT Rochette, Laurent (FRA) ITF297
Alt Chazal, Maxime (FRA) ITF303
OUT Orlov, Vladyslav (UKR) ITF401
OUT Purcell, Rhett (NZL) ITF538
Alt Romios, Matthew Christopher (AUS) ITF575
Alt Verbeek, Sem (NED) ITF610
1. Okamura, Issei (JPN) ITF611
2. Shropshire, Samuel (USA) ITF638
3. Addison, Aaron (AUS) ITF786
4. Frawley, James (AUS) ITF818
Alternates (ATP):
IN Blancaneaux, Geoffrey (FRA) 421
IN Simon, Tobias (GER) 427
OUT Nielsen, Frederik (DEN) 434
OUT Kypson, Patrick (USA) 453
IN
Bourchier, Harry (AUS) 464

IN O’Connell, Christopher (AUS) PR470
IN Tseng, Chun Hsin (TPE) 486
IN Fancutt, Thomas (AUS) 495
OUT Krainik, Pavel (CAN) 496
IN Nys, Hugo (FRA) 511
IN He, Yecong (CHN) 527
IN Gao, Xin (CHN) 560
OUT Kirkin, Ergi (TUR) 568
IN Gille, Sander (BEL) 576
OUT Rochette, Laurent (FRA) 586
OUT Trusendi, Walter (ITA) 624
IN Giner, Marc (ESP) 628
IN Look, Michael (AUS) 663
OUT Pla Malfeito (ESP) 664

 

 

 

Columbus (USA, Hard Indoor), entry list:
OUT Marchenko, Illya (UKR)
OUT Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
243 De Bakker, Thiemo (NED)
244 Peliwo, Filip (CAN)
248 Gombos, Norbert (SVK)
251 Ignatik, Uladzimir (BLR)
OUT Cid Subervi, Roberto (DOM)
254 Giraldo, Santiago (COL)
OUT Aragone, JC (USA)
257 Zapata Miralles, Bernabe (ESP)
258 Novikov, Dennis (USA)
262 Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
263 King, Kevin (USA)
264 Elias, Gastao (POR)
265 Serdarusic, Nino (CRO)
266 Bourgue, Mathias (FRA)
268 Hernandez-Fernandez, Jose (DOM)
270 Tatlot, Johan (FRA)
271 Mager, Gianluca (ITA)
272 Vilella Martinez, Mario (ESP)
273 Ojeda Lara, Ricardo (ESP)
274 Broady, Liam (GBR)
280 Coria, Federico (ARG)
282 Oliveira, Goncalo (POR)
283 Uchida, Kaichi (JPN)
284 Taberner, Carlos (ESP)
285 Couacaud, Enzo (FRA)
286 Miedler, Lucas (AUT)
287 King, Evan (USA)
288 Grigelis, Laurynas (LTU)
293 Choinski, Jan (GER)
294 Safranek, Vaclav (CZE)
295 Griekspoor, Scott (NED)
300 Pavic, Ante (CRO)
301 Collarini, Andrea (ARG)
OUT Setkic, Aldin (BIH)
OUT Wu, Yibing (CHN)
OUT Heller, Peter (GER)
ITF11 Reboul, Fabien (FRA)
ITF14 Souza, Joao (BRA)
ITF23 Jomby, Tom (FRA)
ITF25 Sels, Jelle (NED)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
Qualifying:
OUT Sels, Jelle (NED)
ITF30 Menezes, Joao (BRA)
ITF36 Brouwer, Gijs (NED)
(WC)
Alternates (ITF):
Mertens, Yannick (BEL) ITF53
OUT Ortega Olmedo, Roberto (ESP) ITF54
OUT Gomez, Emilio (ECU) ITF64
OUT Guinard, Manuel (FRA) ITF90
OUT Hoyt, Evan (USA) ITF98
1. Cressy, Maxime (USA) ITF100
2. Bangoura, Sekou (USA) ITF113
OUT Petit, Gabriel (FRA) ITF127
OUT Glasspool, Lloyd (GBR) ITF135
3. Kocevar-Desman, Tom (SLO) ITF186
Alternates (ATP):
IN Giron, Marcos (USA) 309
IN Gonzalez, Alejandro (COL) 313
IN Blanch, Ulyses (USA) 314
IN Kozlov, Stefan (USA) 317
IN Ortega-Olmedo, Roberto (ESP) 320
IN Millot, Vincent (FRA) 322
1. Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN) 331

 

 

Da Nang (VIE, Hard), entry list:
96 Granollers, Marcel (ESP)
OUT Bhambri, Yuki (IND)
OUT Myneni, Saketh (IND)
292 Viola, Matteo (ITA)
296 Mukund, Sasi Kumar (IND)
297 Kwiatkowski, Thai-Son (USA)
299 Yang, Tsung-Hua (TPE)
OUT Sarkissian, Alexander (USA)
OUT Valkusz, Mate (HUN)
321 Song, Evan (USA)
324 Fanselow, Sebastian (GER)
327 Takahashi, Yusuke (JPN)
OUT Safiullin, Roman (RUS)
338 Tokuda, Renta (JPN)
339 Piros, Zsombor (HUN)
340 Nagal, Sumit (IND)
343 Muller, Alexandre (FRA)
354 Boluda-Purkiss, Carlos (ESP)
356 Escoffier, Antoine (FRA)
359 Ochi, Makoto (JPN)
360 Yevseyev, Denis (KAZ)
366 Wu, Tung-Lin (TPE)
367 Nam, Ji Sung (KOR)
369 Gabashvili, Teymuraz (RUS)
371 Altmaier, Daniel (GER)
376 Hassan, Benjamin (GER)
OUT Sakamoto, Pedro (BRA)
380 Jahn, Jeremy (GER)
383 Bega, Alessandro (ITA)
385 Durasovic, Viktor (NOR)
391 Bai, Yan (CHN)
393 Kadhe, Arjun (IND)
396 Lenz, Julian (GER)
397 Sekiguchi, Shuichi (JPN)
402 Balaji, N. Sriram (IND)
408 Hossam, Youssef (EGY)
ITF16 Bonadio, Riccardo (ITA)
OUT Tiurnev, Evgenii (RUS)
ITF33 Samper-Montana, Jordi (ESP)
ITF38 Kim, Cheong-Eui (KOR)
ITF39 Shimizu, Yuta (JPN)
WC Ratiwatana, Sonchat (THA)
WC Vujic, Stefan (AUS)
WC Trinh, Linh Giang (THA)
WC Hazawa, Shinji (JPN)
WC Nguyen, Daniel (USA)
Qualifying:
(Alternate)
(Alternate)
(Alternate)
OUT Shimizu, Yuta (JPN)
OUT Kravchuk, Konstantin (RUS)
OUT Denolly, Corentin (FRA)
(WC)
Alternates (ITF):
OUT Mertens, Yannick (BEL) ITF53
OUT Rinderknech, Arthur (FRA) ITF83
OUT Ly, Nam Hoang (VIE) ITF96
OUT Dougaz, Aziz (TUN) ITF103
OUT Imai, Shintaro (JPN) ITF104
OUT Furness, Evan (FRA) ITF122
1. Celikbilek, Altug (TUR) ITF132
2. Niki, Takuto (JPN) ITF178
Alternates (ATP):
IN Granollers, Gerard (ESP) 415
IN Avidzba, Alen (RUS) 416
IN Trongcharoenchaikul, Wishaya (THA) 420
OUT Blancaneaux, Geoffrey (FRA) 421
IN Rinderknech, Arthur (FRA) 423
OUT Simon, Tobias (GER) 427
IN Denolly, Corentin (FRA) 428
IN Rawat, Sidhart (IND) 433
IN Ly, Nam Hoang (VIE) 436

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ATP Challenger: Entry Lists For Noumea, Playford, Orlando LIVE

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The 2019 season starts on the Challenger Tour, with reformed rules and different schedule.

Three tournaments will be played from the 31st of December to the 6th of January on the hard courts of Noumea, Playford and Orlando. Federico Delbonis, Lorenzo Sonego and Illya Marchenko will be the top seeds.

The Internationaux Bnp Paribas in Noumea will feature a strong field, with veterans Tommy Robredo, Dustin Brown, Yuichi Sugita and Donald Young.

 

Challenger Noumea (New Caledonia, Hard), entry list:
80 Delbonis, Federico (ARG)
128 Halys, Quentin (FRA)
135 Rubin, Noah (USA)
146 Sugita, Yuichi (JPN)
159 Caruso, Salvatore (ITA)
164 Barrere, Gregoire (FRA)
166 Baldi, Filippo (ITA)
175 Milojevic, Nikola (SRB)
189 Rola, Blaz (SLO)
196 Robert, Stephane (FRA)
197 Janvier, Maxime (FRA)
198 De Schepper, Kenny (FRA)
202 Robredo, Tommy (ESP)
213 Coppejans, Kimmer (BEL)
OUT Horansky, Filip (SVK)
219 Lee, Duckhee (KOR)
223 Giustino, Lorenzo (ITA)
224 Galovic, Viktor (CRO)
231 Brown, Dustin (GER)
233 Clezar, Guilherme (BRA)
OUT Kwon, Soonwoo (KOR)
239 Sakharov, Gleb (FRA)
242 Harrison, Christian (USA)
249 Young, Donald (USA)
256 Ymer, Mikael (SWE)
259 Masur, Daniel (GER)
275 Chung, Yunseong (KOR)
276 Benchetrit, Elliot (FRA)
291 Marcora, Roberto (ITA)
297 Kwiatkowski, Thai-Son (USA)
303 Brkic, Tomislav (BIH)
OUT Setkic, Aldin (BIH)
310 Lamasine, Tristan (FRA)
OUT Altamirano, Collin (USA)
OUT Gomez-Herrera, Carlos (ESP)
327 Takahashi, Yusuke (JPN)
OUT Crepatte, Baptiste (FRA)
ITF25 Barrios Vera, Marcelo Tomas (CHI)
OUT Torebko, Peter (GER)
OUT Petrone, Alessandro (ITA)
OUT Hossam, Youssef (EGY)

ITF132 Sinclair, Colin (NMI)
ITF141 Wang, Tak Khunn (FRA)
ITF144 Simon, Tobias (GER)
WC Statham, Rubin (NZL)
WC Blancaneaux, Geoffrey (FRA)
WC Chazal, Maxime (FRA)
WC Nys, Hugo (FRA)
WC Nielsen, Frederik (DEN)
Qualifying:
OUT Ornago, Fabrizio (ITA)
OUT Tokuda, Renta (JPN)
OUT Niklas-Salminen, Patrik (FIN)
OUT Simon, Tobias (GER)

OUT Blancaneaux, Geoffrey (FRA)
ITF180 Niki, Takuto (JPN)
ITF209 Arconada, Jordi (USA)
ITF210 Giner, Marc (ESP)
(WC)
Alternates (ITF):
OUT Lock, Benjamin (ZIM) ITF101
OUT Hossam, Youssef (EGY) ITF 125
IN Sinclair, Colin (NMI) 132
OUT Celikbilek, Altug (TUR) ITF133
OUT Bortolotti, Marco (ITA) ITF134
IN Wang, Tak Khunn (FRA) ITF141
IN Simon, Tobias (GER) ITF144
OUT Jahn, Jeremy (GER) ITF147
OUT Avidzba, Alen (RUS) ITF150
Blancaneaux, Geoffrey (FRA) ITF157
OUT Hassan, Benjamin (GER) ITF160
OUT Piros, Zsombor (HUN) ITF179
Niki, Takuto (JPN) ITF180
Arconada, Jordi (USA) ITF209
Giner, Marc (ESP) ITF210

1. Pla Malfeito, Jaume (ESP) ITF211
OUT Huesler, Marc-Andrea (SUI) ITF236
OUT Escoffier, Antoine (FRA) ITF245
2. Korda, Sebastian (USA) ITF290
Alternates (ATP):
IN Smith, Roy (USA) 329
IN Olivo, Renzo (ARG) 332
OUT Wang, Tak-Khunn (FRA) 334
OUT Tokuda, Renta (JPN) 338
OUT Piros, Zsombor (HUN) 339
IN Grenier, Hugo (FRA) 342
OUT Harris, Andrew (AUS) 344
OUT Vukic, Aleksandar (AUS) 349
IN Escoffier, Antoine (FRA) 356
OUT Saville, Luke (AUS) 363
OUT Wu, Tung-Lin (TPE) 366
IN Huesler, Marc-Andrea (SUI) 372
1. Statham,Rubin (NZL) 374
2. Caruana, Liam (ITA) 381

 

 

Challenger Playford (Australia, Hard), entry list:
107 Sonego, Lorenzo (ITA)
112 Ruud, Casper (NOR)
127 Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
129 Menendez-Maceiras, Adrian (ESP)
133 Travaglia, Stefano (ITA)
145 Moutet, Corentin (FRA)
149 Ito, Tatsuma (JPN)
151 Moraing, Mats (GER)
152 Lestienne, Constant (FRA)
160 Dutra Silva, Rogerio (BRA)
OUT Giannessi, Alessandro (ITA)
162 Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
163 Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
OUT Smyczek, Tim (USA)
168 Otte, Oscar (GER)
169 Vanni, Luca (ITA)
170 Laaksonen, Henri (SUI)
172 Krstin, Pedja (SRB)
178 Majchrzak, Kamil (POL)
181 Nedovyesov, Aleksandr (KAZ)
OUT Quiroz, Roberto (ECU)
185 Safwat, Mohamed (EGY)
188 Escobedo, Ernesto (USA)
192 Moriya, Hiroki (JPN)
193 Evans, Daniel (GBR)
195 Watanuki, Yosuke (JPN)
200 Napolitano, Stefano (ITA)
201 Pavlasek, Adam (CZE)
203 Paul, Tommy (USA)
204 Donati, Matteo (ITA)
205 De Greef, Arthur (BEL)
206 Troicki, Viktor (SRB)
208 Molleker, Rudolf (GER)
209 Zhang, Ze (CHN)
210 Kolar, Zdenek (CZE)
211 Gaio, Federico (ITA)
212 Gutierrez-Ferrol, Sergio (ESP)
ITF19 Zhurbin, Alexander (RUS)
OUT Bega, Alessandro (ITA)
ITF71 Doumbia, Sadio (FRA)
OUT Eriksson, Markus (SWE)
ITF108 Lopez-Perez, Enrique (ESP)
ITF130 Li, Zhe (CHN)
WC Santillan, Akira (AUS)
WC Saville, Luke (AUS)
WC Vukic, Aleksandar (AUS)
WC Hijikata, Rinky (AUS)
WC Purcell, Max (AUS)
Qualifying:
OUT Ornago, Fabrizio (ITA)
OUT Banes, Maverick (AUS)
OUT Lock, Benjamin (ZIM)
ITF134 Bortolotti, Marco (ITA)
ITF155 Tseng, Chun Hsin (TPE)
ITF210 Giner, Marc (ESP)
(WC)
Alternates (ITF):
IN Lopez-Perez, Enrique (ESP) ITF108
IN Li, Zhe (CHN) ITF130
OUT Sinclair, Colin (NMI) ITF 132
OUT Celikbilek, Altug (TUR) ITF133
Bortolotti, Marco (ITA) ITF134
OUT Wang, Tak Khunn (FRA) ITF141
OUT Simon, Tobias (GER) ITF144
OUT Jahn, Jeremy (GER) ITF147
OUT Avidzba, Alen (RUS) ITF150
OUT Ilkel, Cem (TUR) ITF151
Tseng, Chun Hsin (TPE) ITF155
OUT Blancaneaux, Geoffrey (FRA) ITF157
Giner, Marc (ESP) ITF210
1. Pla Malfeito, Jaume (ESP) ITF211
2. Look, Michael (AUS) ITF229
3. Saville, Luke (AUS) ITF230
4. Fancutt, Thomas (AUS) ITF232
5. Escoffier, Antoine (FRA) ITF245
Alternates (ATP):
IN Kamke, Tobias (GER) 214
IN Soeda, Go (JPN) 215
IN Hemery, Calvin (FRA) 217
OUT Lopez-Perez, Enrique (ESP) 220
1. Moroni, Gian Marco (ITA) 227
2. Griekspoor, Tallon (NED) 232
3. Davidovich Fokina, Alejandro (ESP) 238
4. Li, Zhe (CHN) 278

 

 

Challenger Orlando (USA, Hard), entry list:
198 Marchenko, Illya (UKR)
199 King, Darian (BAR)
OUT Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
229 Krueger, Mitchell (USA)
243 De Bakker, Thiemo (NED)
244 Peliwo, Filip (CAN)
248 Gombos, Norbert (SVK)
251 Ignatik, Uladzimir (BLR)
252 Cid Subervi, Roberto (DOM)
255 Aragone, JC (USA)
258 Novikov, Dennis (USA)
262 Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
263 King, Kevin (USA)
264 Elias, Gastao (POR)
265 Serdarusic, Nino (CRO)
266 Bourgue, Mathias (FRA)
267 Zapata Miralles, Bernabe (ESP)
270 Tatlot, Johan (FRA)
271 Mager, Gianluca (ITA)
273 Ojeda Lara, Ricardo (ESP)
274 Broady, Liam (GBR)
280 Coria, Federico (ARG)
282 Uchida, Kaichi (JPN)
283 Oliveira, Goncalo (POR)
284 Taberner, Carlos (ESP)
285 Couacaud, Enzo (FRA)
286 Miedler, Lucas (AUT)
287 King, Evan (USA)
288 Grigelis, Laurynas (LTU)
OUT Viola, Matteo (ITA)
293 Choinski, Jan (GER)
294 Safranek, Vaclav (CZE)
295 Griekspoor, Scott (NED)
300 Pavic, Ante (CRO)
301 Collarini, Andrea (ARG)
302 Sarkissian, Alexander (USA)
OUT Przysiezny, Michal (POL)
ITF11 Reboul, Fabien (FRA)
ITF14 Souza, Joao (BRA)
ITF22 Jomby, Tom (FRA)
ITF24 Sels, Jelle (NED)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
Qualifying:
ITF28 Ortega-Olmedo, Roberto (ESP)
ITF31 Menezes, Joao (BRA
ITF38 Brouwer, Gijs (NED)
(WC)
Alternates (ITF):
OUT Boluda-Purkiss, Carlos (ESP) ITF42
1. Mertens, Yannick (BEL) ITF51
2. Gomez, Emilio (ECU) ITF54
3. Muller, Alexandre (FRA) ITF75
OUT Rinderkneck, Arthur (FRA) ITF79
4. Dougaz, Aziz (TUN) ITF112
5. Hoyt, Evan (GBR) ITF114
Alternates (ATP):
IN Giron, Marcos (USA) 309
IN Gonzalez, Alejandro (COL) 313
IN Blanch, Ulises (USA) 314
1. Kozlov, Stefan (USA) 317
2. Ortega-Olmedo, Roberto (ESP) 320
3. Song, Evan (USA) 322
4. Fanselow, Sebastian (GER) 324
OUT Smith, Roy (USA) 329
5. Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN) 331

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Challenger Reform: New System And Entry Lists Announced

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The Challenger Tour undergoes a big reform, as the ITF Tour introduces a new world’s ranking. 

 

The 2019 season will see some crucial changes happening in the tennis tour, expecially in the Challenger and the ITF Tours. The aim is to reduce the number of the truly “professional” players (in the ATP World Tour ranking) and to give them enough money to make a living.

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “These are significant changes that will lead to a real enhancement of the ATP Challenger Tour, particularly as we seek to provide more earning opportunities for players at the entry level into men’s professional tennis. A big priority for us is to ensure we have a healthy player pathway and that we improve the viability of a career in men’s professional tennis. These changes represent an important step in the right direction for our sport.”

From 2020, the ITF Tour will no longer award ATP points, so the Challenger Tour will be the first stage of professional tennis. That will cut a lot of players from the ATP ranking, which will be made of 600-700 players, compared to about 2000 ones before. Still, from 2019 there will be a new ranking called “ITF World Tennis Ranking”, which will be used to enter ITF and Challenger tournaments, together with the ATP Ranking.

The changes in the Challenger tournaments will affect draw-size, tournament schedule, prize money and on-site facilities. Also, every main draw singles match will be streamed online. The events will last seven days, from Monday to Sunday.

The singles main-draw will host 48 players, compared to 32 before, who will have a guaranteed prize-money. Furthermore, the qualifying tournament will be radically cut, from 32 to only 4 players (2 qualifiers advancing to main draw), while the doubles draws will still feature 16 teams.

The new entry lists will consider both ATP and ITF rankings, reserving 4 main-draw places and 3 qualifying places to the highest-ranked ITF players. There will be two alternate lists, one for each ranking. The first challenger tournaments with the new system will be those of Noumea, Playford and Orlando, taking place from the 31st of December to the 6th of January.

 

Challenger Noumea (New Caledonia, Hard), entry list:
80 Delbonis, Federico (ARG)
128 Halys, Quentin (FRA)
135 Rubin, Noah (USA)
146 Sugita, Yuichi (JPN)
159 Caruso, Salvatore (ITA)
164 Barrere, Gregoire (FRA)
166 Baldi, Filippo (ITA)
175 Milojevic, Nikola (SRB)
189 Rola, Blaz (SLO)
196 Robert, Stephane (FRA)
197 Janvier, Maxime (FRA)
198 De Schepper, Kenny (FRA)
202 Robredo, Tommy (ESP)
213 Coppejans, Kimmer (BEL)
216 Horansky, Filip (SVK)
219 Lee, Duckhee (KOR)
223 Giustino, Lorenzo (ITA)
224 Galovic, Viktor (CRO)
231 Brown, Dustin (GER)
233 Clezar, Guilherme (BRA)
OUT Kwon, Soonwoo (KOR)
239 Sakharov, Gleb (FRA)
242 Harrison, Christian (USA)
249 Young, Donald (USA)
256 Ymer, Mikael (SWE)
259 Masur, Daniel (GER)
275 Chung, Yunseong (KOR)
276 Benchetrit, Elliot (FRA)
291 Marcora, Roberto (ITA)
297 Kwiatkowski, Thai-Son (USA)
303 Brkic, Tomislav (BIH)
OUT Setkic, Aldin (BIH)
310 Lamasine, Tristan (FRA)
311 Altamirano, Collin (USA)
OUT Gomez-Herrera, Carlos (ESP)
327 Takahashi, Yusuke (JPN)
OUT Crepatte, Baptiste (FRA)
ITF25 Barrios Vera, Marcelo Tomas (CHI)
OUT Torebko, Peter (GER)
OUT Petrone, Alessandro (ITA)
OUT Hossam, Youssef (EGY)

ITF132 Sinclair, Colin (NMI)
ITF141 Wang, Tak Khunn (FRA)
ITF144 Simon, Tobias (GER)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
Qualifying:
OUT Ornago, Fabrizio (ITA)
OUT Tokuda, Renta (JPN)
OUT Niklas-Salminen, Patrik (FIN)
OUT Simon, Tobias (GER)

ITF157 Blancaneaux, Geoffrey (FRA)
ITF180 Niki, Takuto (JPN)
ITF209 Arconada, Jordi (USA)
(WC)
Alternates (ITF):
OUT Lock, Benjamin (ZIM) ITF101
OUT Hossam, Youssef (EGY) ITF 125
IN Sinclair, Colin (NMI) 132
OUT Celikbilek, Altug (TUR) ITF133
OUT Bortolotti, Marco (ITA) ITF134
IN Wang, Tak Khunn (FRA) ITF141
IN Simon, Tobias (GER) ITF144
OUT Jahn, Jeremy (GER) ITF147
OUT Avidzba, Alen (RUS) ITF150
Blancaneaux, Geoffrey (FRA) ITF157
OUT Hassan, Benjamin (GER) ITF160
OUT Piros, Zsombor (HUN) ITF179
Niki, Takuto (JPN) ITF180
Arconada, Jordi (USA) ITF209
1. Giner, Marc (ESP) ITF210
2. Pla Malfeito, Jaume (ESP) ITF211
3. Huesler, Marc-Andrea (SUI) ITF236
4. Escoffier, Antoine (FRA) ITF245
5. Korda, Sebastian (USA) ITF290
Alternates (ATP):
IN Smith, Roy (USA) 329
IN Olivo, Renzo (ARG) 332
OUT Wang, Tak-Khunn (FRA) 334
OUT Tokuda, Renta (JPN) 338
OUT Piros, Zsombor (HUN) 339
IN Grenier, Hugo (FRA) 342
1. Harris, Andrew (AUS) 344
OUT Vukic, Aleksandar (AUS) 349
2. Escoffier, Antoine (FRA) 356
OUT Saville, Luke (AUS) 363
OUT Wu, Tung-Lin (TPE) 366
3. Huesler, Marc-Andrea (SUI) 372
4. Statham,Rubin (NZL) 374
5. Caruana, Liam (ITA) 381

 

 

 

Challenger Playford (Australia, Hard), entry list:
107 Sonego, Lorenzo (ITA)
112 Ruud, Casper (NOR)
127 Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
129 Menendez-Maceiras, Adrian (ESP)
133 Travaglia, Stefano (ITA)
145 Moutet, Corentin (FRA)
149 Ito, Tatsuma (JPN)
151 Moraing, Mats (GER)
152 Lestienne, Constant (FRA)
160 Dutra Silva, Rogerio (BRA)
OUT Giannessi, Alessandro (ITA)
162 Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
163 Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
OUT Smyczek, Tim (USA)
168 Otte, Oscar (GER)
169 Vanni, Luca (ITA)
170 Laaksonen, Henri (SUI)
172 Krstin, Pedja (SRB)
178 Majchrzak, Kamil (POL)
181 Nedovyesov, Aleksandr (KAZ)
OUT Quiroz, Roberto (ECU)
185 Safwat, Mohamed (EGY)
188 Escobedo, Ernesto (USA)
192 Moriya, Hiroki (JPN)
193 Evans, Daniel (GBR)
195 Watanuki, Yosuke (JPN)
200 Napolitano, Stefano (ITA)
201 Pavlasek, Adam (CZE)
203 Paul, Tommy (USA)
204 Donati, Matteo (ITA)
205 De Greef, Arthur (BEL)
206 Troicki, Viktor (SRB)
208 Molleker, Rudolf (GER)
209 Zhang, Ze (CHN)
210 Kolar, Zdenek (CZE)
211 Gaio, Federico (ITA)
212 Gutierrez-Ferrol, Sergio (ESP)
ITF19 Zhurbin, Alexander (RUS)
OUT Bega, Alessandro (ITA)
ITF71 Doumbia, Sadio (FRA)
OUT Eriksson, Markus (SWE)
ITF108 Lopez-Perez, Enrique (ESP)
ITF130 Li, Zhe (CHN)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
Qualifying:
OUT Ornago, Fabrizio (ITA)
OUT Banes, Maverick (AUS)
OUT Lock, Benjamin (ZIM)
ITF134 Bortolotti, Marco (ITA)
ITF155 Tseng, Chun Hsin (TPE)
ITF210 Giner, Marc (ESP)
(WC)
Alternates (ITF):
IN Lopez-Perez, Enrique (ESP) ITF108
IN Li, Zhe (CHN) ITF130
OUT Sinclair, Colin (NMI) ITF 132
OUT Celikbilek, Altug (TUR) ITF133
Bortolotti, Marco (ITA) ITF134
OUT Wang, Tak Khunn (FRA) ITF141
OUT Simon, Tobias (GER) ITF144
OUT Jahn, Jeremy (GER) ITF147
OUT Avidzba, Alen (RUS) ITF150
OUT Ilkel, Cem (TUR) ITF151
Tseng, Chun Hsin (TPE) ITF155
OUT Blancaneaux, Geoffrey (FRA) ITF157
Giner, Marc (ESP) ITF210
1. Pla Malfeito, Jaume (ESP) ITF211
2. Look, Michael (AUS) ITF229
3. Saville, Luke (AUS) ITF230
4. Fancutt, Thomas (AUS) ITF232
5. Escoffier, Antoine (FRA) ITF245
Alternates (ATP):
IN Kamke, Tobias (GER) 214
IN Soeda, Go (JPN) 215
IN Hemery, Calvin (FRA) 217
OUT Lopez-Perez, Enrique (ESP) 220
1. Moroni, Gian Marco (ITA) 227
2. Griekspoor, Tallon (NED) 232
3. Davidovich Fokina, Alejandro (ESP) 238
4. Li, Zhe (CHN) 278

 

 

Challenger Orlando (USA, Hard), entry list:
198 Marchenko, Illya (UKR)
199 King, Darian (BAR)
OUT Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
229 Krueger, Mitchell (USA)
243 De Bakker, Thiemo (NED)
244 Peliwo, Filip (CAN)
248 Gombos, Norbert (SVK)
251 Ignatik, Uladzimir (BLR)
252 Cid Subervi, Roberto (DOM)
255 Aragone, JC (USA)
258 Novikov, Dennis (USA)
262 Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
263 King, Kevin (USA)
264 Elias, Gastao (POR)
265 Serdarusic, Nino (CRO)
266 Bourgue, Mathias (FRA)
267 Zapata Miralles, Bernabe (ESP)
270 Tatlot, Johan (FRA)
271 Mager, Gianluca (ITA)
273 Ojeda Lara, Ricardo (ESP)
274 Broady, Liam (GBR)
280 Coria, Federico (ARG)
282 Uchida, Kaichi (JPN)
283 Oliveira, Goncalo (POR)
284 Taberner, Carlos (ESP)
285 Couacaud, Enzo (FRA)
286 Miedler, Lucas (AUT)
287 King, Evan (USA)
288 Grigelis, Laurynas (LTU)
OUT Viola, Matteo (ITA)
293 Choinski, Jan (GER)
294 Safranek, Vaclav (CZE)
295 Griekspoor, Scott (NED)
300 Pavic, Ante (CRO)
301 Collarini, Andrea (ARG)
302 Sarkissian, Alexander (USA)
OUT Przysiezny, Michal (POL)
ITF11 Reboul, Fabien (FRA)
ITF14 Souza, Joao (BRA)
ITF22 Jomby, Tom (FRA)
ITF24 Sels, Jelle (NED)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
Qualifying:
ITF28 Ortega-Olmedo, Roberto (ESP)
ITF31 Menezes, Joao (BRA
ITF38 Brouwer, Gijs (NED)
(WC)
Alternates (ITF):
OUT Boluda-Purkiss, Carlos (ESP) ITF42
1. Mertens, Yannick (BEL) ITF51
2. Gomez, Emilio (ECU) ITF54
3. Muller, Alexandre (FRA) ITF75
OUT Rinderkneck, Arthur (FRA) ITF79
4. Dougaz, Aziz (TUN) ITF112
5. Hoyt, Evan (GBR) ITF114
Alternates (ATP):
IN Giron, Marcos (USA) 309
IN Gonzalez, Alejandro (COL) 313
IN Blanch, Ulises (USA) 314
1. Kozlov, Stefan (USA) 317
2. Ortega-Olmedo, Roberto (ESP) 320
3. Song, Evan (USA) 322
4. Fanselow, Sebastian (GER) 324
OUT Smith, Roy (USA) 329
5. Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN) 331

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