The ATP 250 series was conceived in 2009 and is a continuation of the former International Series of events. Although sometimes referred to as the “lowest” level of tournaments on the ATP Tour, the 250 series often features top players aiming to build momentum, alongside lower-ranked competitors hoping to join the winners’ circle for the first time. Towards the end of the year especially, 250 events become prime opportunities for players to bolster their ranking for the season ahead.
There are 40 tournaments in the ATP 250 series, played throughout the season all over the world. The series is the most dynamic of any tier - occasionally a Challenger event will be upgraded to 250 status, or a brand new tournament will be introduced at the 250 level. Almost all 250 events feature 28- or 32-player draws.
Many noted stops on the calendar are 250 tournaments, such as the Australian Open warm-up events in Brisbane and Sydney, and the Wimbledon tune-ups in Halle and at Queen’s Club. While many are recent additions to the calendar, an equal number began life before the advent of the Open Era, and are hugely popular in the towns and cities in which they are played.
On our Livetennis.com tournament profile pages, we have unearthed all the info on the 250 series. You’ll find details of each event’s origins, its history, past champions and trivia, as well as links to riveting match highlights that you may have missed first time round.