ATP Partners with COSAT to Host First South American Challenger Workshop | ATP tour
The ATP and COSAT (the South American Tennis Confederation) announced today that the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will host the first-ever ATP Challenger Tour workshop in South America from July 14-15. Representatives from tournaments and national federations from across the continent will be welcomed into a two-day interactive forum, with the aim of making the burgeoning Challenger Tour circuit even stronger in the region.
The ATP Challenger Tour has made great progress in South America in recent years, as evidenced by the addition of 20 new tournaments since the start of the 2021 season. The forum aims to foster an open dialogue between tournaments, federations and ATP staff, to strengthen the existing structure in the region and to propose new strategies for growth. The forum will also include the development of an integrated annual calendar in the region and discussions on Challenger’s global strategy, marketing and tournament standards.
Richard Glover, ATP Challenger Tour Vice President, said: “South America is an exciting growth region for the Challenger Tour and we tip our hats to the tournament promoters and federations for their contributions to professional tennis. . This workshop aims to strengthen our partnership and provide a platform for strategic collaboration as we seek to continue our growth in South America.
Rafael Westrupp, President of COSAT, added: “The growth of the ATP Challenger Tour in South America is of great importance to all COSAT stakeholders. We recognize that the Tour is the launch pad for professional tennis. in the region, and its development is critical as we continue to build a solid foundation for the future of South American tennis. The workshop is an important event, which aligns with our strategic plan moving forward We are excited about what is to come for tennis on the continent.”
South America has long been a staple of the ATP Challenger Tour, since its first tournaments in Brazil in 1979. Since then, the circuit has spanned the continent, with 62 different cities across Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Last year, the Uruguay Open in Montevideo became the first Challenger Tour event in South America to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Additionally, the recent growth of Challenger tennis in South America has been reflected on the court. Players enjoyed new playing opportunities and a streamlined player journey in the region. Last year, a record 20 Challenger champions hailed from Argentina, with another 12 winners from Chile, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay and Ecuador combined. A total of 23 players from the continent made the year-end Top 200 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, two of whom – Sebastian Baez and Juan Manuel Cerundolo – qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals.
The ATP Challenger Tour is the launch pad for men’s professional tennis, with more than 150 tournaments in more than 40 countries each season. The competition is intense, with players battling for ATP Pepperstone ranking points and prize money, while developing their game with the collective goal of advancing on the ATP Tour. For fans, it offers the opportunity to witness world-class tennis and future stars as they launch their professional journeys. Stream the action live all year round via Challenger TV on ATPTour.com.