News & Updates
View the latest standings for the 2015 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.
2015 Players Announced: Click here to view the official players list.
The success of many of our 2014 players at Wimbledon was absolutely amazing. Nick Kyrgios our champion went on to upset Gasquet and then Nadal to advance to the quarterfinals. Our singles finalist Jack Sock went on to claim the men’s doubles championships and one of our wildcards into the St. Joesph’s/ Candler Savannah Challenger Noah Rubin went on to win the boys singles championships at Wimbledon.
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. Additionally, over 65% 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, Ladies Day and the opportunity to watch and meet tournament players. There are numerous promotional and retail opportunities for sponsors.
In 2014, the Savannah Challenger was the first challenger event in history to be on the homepage of the ATP tour website. This follows some very successful years including our tournament winning Georgia Power Sporting Event of the Year in 2013 and in 2012 our 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.
The tournament provides sponsors and advertisers the opportunity to reach large audiences, have several weeks of exposure locally and nationally and appeal to diverse demographic groups. Media coverage includes print, radio, TV and the web. In 2014 the Savannah Challenger website had more than 165,000 visits for our live streaming of the event. This ranks as the 5th most viewed challenger event in the country. This feature will again be part of the 2015 St. Joseph’s/ Candler Savannah Challenger with additional marketing options for our sponsors.
For additional information on how your organization can participate, please contact Scott Mitchell, Tournament Director at 912-598-3501 or firstname.lastname@example.org