ATP Challenger Tour

Dominic Stricker, a Challenger Tour champion in Zug.
Damian Kust, Editor - Jul 31, 2022

Four ATP Challenger Tour events were held this week with exciting action across Canada, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. Constant Lestienne almost went back-to-back in Pozoblanco/Segovia, losing on the final hurdle to Hugo Grenier. Dominic Stricker and Emilio Gomez also claimed titles and could be eyeing their top 100 debuts sometime soon. Meanwhile, Raul Brancaccio took […]

Zhizhen Zhang
Damian Kust, Editor - Jul 8, 2022

Braunschweig, Germany– Zhizhen Zhang made the semifinals at Braunschweig, defeating Marco Cecchinato 6-4 6-7 6-3. This has been a brilliant patch of play for the Chinese, who has already won seven matches in the past two weeks. At Luedenscheid, he finished runner-up to Hamad Medjedovic. This week in Braunschweig, he’s already eliminated quality players like […]

Igor Zelenay
Damian Kust, Editor - Jul 6, 2022

Braunschweig, Germany– Igor Zelenay has already claimed two Challenger doubles titles this year and is closing in on the all-time record. As it stands right now, Sanchai Ratiwatana is on 48, while his twin brother Sonchat has 46. Zelenay tied the latter by triumphing in Zagreb a couple of months ago. The Ratiwatanas and he […]

Jan-Lennard Struff
Damian Kust, Editor - Jul 5, 2022

Braunschweig, Germany– While Federico Delbonis and Jan-Lennard Struff had already faced each other in the opening round at a Challenger (Helsinki 2012), neither had played a lot on that circuit in recent years. In fact, the Argentinian last showed up on it at Ismaning 2020, while Struff played Phoenix earlier this year, but before that […]

Taro Daniel French Open
Damian Kust, Editor - Jul 4, 2022

Braunschweig, Germany– Taro Daniel made plenty of headlines earlier this year when he qualified and made the third round at the Australian Open, defeating Andy Murray. Plenty of that came from a much-improved serve, which generated a lot more free points and a higher ace rate. “I definitely changed my approach towards my service game […]

Hamad Medjedovic was a champion on the Challenger Tour last week.
Damian Kust, Editor - Jul 4, 2022

Despite the first week of Wimbledon, it was still a very busy week on the ATP Challenger Tour. Interesting prospects Hamad Medjedovic and Juan Bautista Torres won their first events. Meanwhile, Constant Lestienne keeps going in a wonderful season, while Facundo Mena proved his altitude clay expertise. Read back on this week’s action: Challenger Tour […]

Francesco Passaro ATP Rome
Damian Kust, Editor - Jun 26, 2022

It was a great week for Argentina on the ATP Challenger Tour as their representative not only claimed the title at home in Buenos Aires, but also at Milan. Meanwhile, Kaichi Uchida shocked everyone with his new-found clay skills to take the title in Oeiras. Read back on this week’s action: Milan Federico Coria lost […]

Borna Coric 2022 French Open
Damian Kust, Editor - Jun 19, 2022

While it’s not a written rule, the winner of the Ilkley Trophy traditionally receives a Wimbledon wildcard. The tradition was kept up this year with Zizou Bergs securing his Grand Slam debut that way. Meanwhile in Parma, Borna Coric won his first title after the right shoulder injury that sidelined him for a full year. […]

Dan Evans won a Challenger Tour title in Nottingham.
Damian Kust, Editor - Jun 15, 2022

It was another week featuring five events across three surfaces on the Challenger Tour. Jordan Thompson and Jason Kubler almost made it back-to-back titles, falling at the last hurdle. Jaume Munar and Tomas Martin Etcheverry produced a number of quality rallies in their final in Perugia. Meanwhile, Alexander Shevchenko won his maiden Challenger title in […]

Lorenzo Musetti, a champion last week on the Challenger Tour.
Damian Kust, Editor - Jun 6, 2022

It’s one of these great weeks of ATP Challenger Tour action again. Five tournaments across three surfaces and many top 100 players competing. Whether you enjoy clay, grass, or hard, you’re certainly able to find something for yourself. Top-seeds Lorenzo Musetti and Arthur Rinderknech cleaned up their respective titles, but looked a bit off their […]

Poznań Open doubles champions.
Damian Kust, Editor - Jun 4, 2022

Poznan, Poland- Hunter Reese and Szymon Walków won the 2022 Poznań Open doubles title, defeating Marek Gengel and Adam Pavlasek 1-6 6-3 10-6. Walków became the sixth Pole to achieve a double-digit number of Challenger doubles trophies, after Łukasz Kubot, Mateusz Kowalczyk, Tomasz Bednarek, Mariusz Fyrstenberg, and Marcin Matkowski. He was also the last Pole […]

Dimitar Kuzmanov
Damian Kust, Editor - Jun 3, 2022

Poznan, Poland- One of the more surprising semifinalists of the Poznań Open this year is Dimitar Kuzmanov. The 28-year-old Bulgarian had a breakthrough campaign in 2021, winning his maiden Challenger title. It’s fair to say that he’s continuing this form now. “I’m definitely more confident. I have a lot of experience already, playing all the […]

Zizou Bergs Poznan
Damian Kust, Editor - Jun 2, 2022

Poznan, Poland- Zizou Bergs took out third-seeded Daniel Elahi Galan 6-4 6-2 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals in Poznań. The Belgian’s ball-striking was incredibly crisp and aggressive, allowing him to dominate the higher-ranked opponent. But a performance of such a high standard probably wouldn’t have been possible, if not for one point that […]

Alexander Shevchenko Poznan
Damian Kust, Editor - Jun 1, 2022

Poznan, Poland– When Alexander Shevchenko came to Poznań last year, it was his first Challenger event. The Russian had to start from the qualifying draw, but pulled off five straight wins to make it to the semifinals, losing to Jiri Lehecka. Since then, the 21-year-old managed to make it to the top 250 of the […]

Jerzy Janowicz Poznan Challenger
Damian Kust, Editor - May 31, 2022

Poznan, Poland– Jerzy Janowicz played his second match of 2022 on Tuesday, losing to Elmar Ejupovic 6-7 1-6 at the Poznań Challenger. The former World No. 14 appeared on court for the first time since being taken out by Denis Yevseyev in Lugano at the end of March. “Overall, I thought it would be worse. […]

Daniel Dutra Da Silva (BRA) vs Timo Stodder (GER) - Poznan Open
Damian Kust, Editor - May 30, 2022

Poznan, Poland– Daniel Dutra da Silva never reached a single Challenger semifinal before this year, getting stopped at the last eight stage six times. For years, the 33-year-old Brazilian was only a threat on the ITF World Tennis Tour, where he has compiled 24 singles and 26 doubles titles. But in 2022, Dutra da Silva […]

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