News & Updates
View the latest standings for the 2014 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.
2014 Players Announced: Click here to view the official players list.
The 2013 Savannah Challenger was an extremely successful event winning praise from tournament players, officials and spectators. It was so successful that Georgia Power and the Savannah Sports Council awarded the Savannah Challenger the 2013 Sporting Event of the Year! With local, national and international exposure our city and our sponsors were able to tell their stories of what makes Savannah a great place to live, work and play.
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 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.
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 2013 the Savannah Challenger website had more than 35,000 visits and for the first time ever the entire week of play was streamed live around the world. This feature will again be part of the 2014 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