ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi shared great news about the ATP Challenger Tour. In the new season that starts in January 2023, there will be some big news affecting the second division of men’s tennis. The announcement summarized them in three points corresponding to the three sectors affected by this reform: the division of categories; the record for the prize pool; the new calendar.
On the first point, the ATP has announced that the two existing categories, Challenger 90 and 110, will be phased out.
From 2023 the main categories will be four:
Challenger 125 In addition to these new categories, there will also be a fifth: a premium Challenger 175 to be held during the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, Rome and Madrid.
This type of category also differs in the prize pool: the latter is $220,000. The second aspect that will be changed is the prize pool. Generally, earnings are increased for each round passed to help young players venturing into the sport.
The ATP expects the 2023 prize pool to increase by 60% year-to-date (from $13.2 million to a record $21.1 million): the Challenger 100 and 75 in particular will see significant changes Experienced. Finally, the last change concerns the calendar: a new record number of events reaching 195 with the current 183.
Changes not only in numbers but also in terms of the surfaces on which the tournaments are played and the regions in which they are held.
The words of Gaudenzi
ATP President Gaudenzi commented on the changes being pushed in favor of the Challenger Tour.
Gaudenzi stated: “The Challenger Tour is the springboard for professional men’s tennis. These changes represent a fundamental step forward: the earning opportunities for players will increase and the categories will become more balanced, both in terms of surfaces and regions.
The level of the new tournaments will therefore be increased. However, this is only the beginning: the commitment remains to provide developments in the months and years to come.”
🏟️ Category simplification
💰 Record prize money
🗓️ Optimized calendar