South Africa hosts its first ATP Challenger tournament since 2013 as the PotchOpen takes centre stage in Potchefstroom this week….
South Africa hosts its first ATP Challenger tournament since 2013 as the PotchOpen takes centre stage in Potchefstroom this week. The PotchOpen is live from 9-15 March.
The tournament is also the first in the tour’s new Challenger 50 series, and features an exciting field that includes the flambouyant Dustin Brown, and high-rated British youngster, Jack Draper.
The Challenger 50 series is a new set of events on the ATP Challenger Tour boasting an overall prize money of $35,000. These tournaments are only open to players outside the top-150, but a wildcard may be awarded to a home player ranked between 50 and 100, and any other player that falls between 100 to 150 on the ATP rankings. The Challenger 50 tournaments have a draw size of 32 for the men’s singles and 16 for the doubles.
World No. 241, Benjamin Bonzi is the top seed, and arrived the tournament in excellent form. Bonzi won an M25 tournament at the same venue just last week, his second ITF title in 2020. He also made a Challenger final in Bangalore in February, and a quarter final in Pau.
Germany’s Dustin Brown is arguably the highest-profile player at the tournament, having being as high as No. 64 in the ATP rankings. The 35-year-old has not been in the best of forms though, and has won just the one match this year heading into Potchefstroom.
Also present is British young gun, Jack Draper, who is coming off a strong set of results on the ITF Tour in the UK. The former Wimbledon Boy’s finalist was champion in Sunderland and a finalist in Glasgow in his most recent tournaments, and is currently at a career-high 288th in the world.
Ranked just one spot above Draper at 287th is another of the sports rising stars, Lorenzo Musetti, who is competing in Potchefstroom as the eighth seed. Musetti won the Australian Open Boy’s title last year, and recently made his ATP Tour debut in Dubai, where he gave a decent account of himself in a 6-4 6-4 defeat to Andrey Rublev.
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ATP Potchefstroom Tournament Information
Tournament Name: PotchOpen
Date: 10-15 March, 2020
Location: Potchefstroom, South Africa
Surface: Hard Courts
Category: ATP Challenger 50
Draw Size: 32 Singles (16 Doubles)
Prize Money: $35,000
ATP Potchefstroom Seeds