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View the latest standings for the 2013 Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge, in which the American man and American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points at two of three USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events will receive wild cards to compete in the French Open main draw.
The Savannah Challenger brings some of the world’s finest talents to our city. Challenger Tournaments are held for ATP players with a world ranking between 40-200. Participants are usually full-time tour players who play in Challenger Tournaments to improve their rankings and advance to Grand Slam events. Points earned during the Savannah Challenger count toward the USTA wildcard entry into the 2013 French Open. Graduates of the Challenger circuit include James Blake, Andre Agassi, John Isner, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and the Bryan Brothers. The 2012 Savannah Challenger features a qualifying event, a main draw singles and a main draw doubles. In 2012, the Challenger attracted players from 13 countries. Additionally, 66% of the Savannah Challenger participants went on to play in the Grand Slam events that followed: the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. The tournament week features a Kids’ Day with free clinics and the opportunity to meet a tournament player. There are numerous promotional and retail opportunities for sponsors.
This tournament provides sponsors and advertisers the opportunity to reach large audiences, have several weeks of exposure and appeal to diverse demographic groups. Media coverage includes print, web, TV and radio. In 2012, the Savannah Challenger website had more than 11,000 visits and the Savannah Challenger Facebook page reached 3,400 likes. Additionally, 73 articles were published about the tournament in various media outlets.
In 2012, footage of Brian Baker, the Savannah Challenger Singles Champion, playing in Savannah was showcased on national media outlets, including ESPN, CBS Morning Show and The Tennis Channel. Baker’s performance in Savannah was one of the first in a string of wins as he made an incredible comeback from six years of injuries. He also made strong showings in subsequent tournaments, including making the final round of 16 players at Wimbledon. Players like Baker help coverage and mention of the Savannah Challenger continue long after the final match.
In 2012, the tournament featured live scoring where daily match scores could be followed live on the Savannah Challenger website. For 2013, we are working to also offer live streaming which would give spectators the opportunity to view actual matches (and sponsor advertisements) via our website.