Strong field for KPIT-MSLTA ATP Challenger 2017

Pune, November 8: Familiar Indian names apart from players from over 16 countries make up a strong line-up for the fourth edition of the $50000 + Hospitality KPIT-MSLTA ATP Challenger organized by Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) and Pune Metropolitan District Tennis Association (PMDTA) at the Mhalunge-Balewadi Tennis Complex in the city from November 13- 18.

Among the many, the Indian names that stand out include Davis Cup stars Yuki Bhambri (2014 winner), Ramkumar Ramanathan – both Top-150 players, apart from Saketh Myneni and Prajnesh Gunneswaran. The new logo of the KPIT-MSLTA Challenger Tour was unveiled by dignitaries at a ceremony today.

Speaking to reporters, Mr. Kishor Patil, President of PMDTA  and  Chairman of the organizing committee and MD & CEO of KPIT said; “I’m  happy that our tournament which is being held for the fourth  consecutive year has helped Indian players move up to newer heights and  has enabled them to build their careers in tennis. It has always been our aim to promote Indian tennis players and Asian players through this event.”

Mr. Patil further added, “Our 2014 champion, Yūichi Sugita of Japan won the event and went on to make it to the Top-100 in 2015 and is currently ranked 39 in the world; our own Yuki Bhambri bagged the title to propel into the Top-100. The event helped last year’s finalist Prajnesh Gunneswaran to move into the Top-200 bracket and also grab a Davis Cup spot and the 2016 winner Sadio Dumbia moved into the Top-125. We hope that this event will help the winners to move into the coveted Top-100 bracket, this year as well.”
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Sunder Iyer, Hon. Secretary of MSLTA said; “The KPIT-MSLTA Challenger has become popular worldwide and bigger and better players are participating regularly, making the event stronger every year. The cut-off this year is at a high of 303 which makes it a very strong Challenger at this level. We expect at least 8-10 players from India to make it to ATP draws in the main and qualifying draw, which in turn will provide them an opportunity to compete at a world class level and that too on the home turf.

Commenting on the partnership with KPIT, he said, “Our relationship with KPIT has done wonders for our players and ATP has also acknowledged our efforts in conduct of the event and awarded ‘Live Streaming’ of matches which is a first for the Challenger.”

Rogerio Santos of Portugal has been nominated ATP Supervisor for the event, while Sheetal Iyer has been appointed as the Referee. The qualifying round will be played on November 11 and 12 followed by the main draws which begins on November 13. The semi-finals and doubles final are scheduled for Friday, 17th November, while the Finals will be played on Saturday, November 18.

The winner of the KPIT-MSLTA Men’s Challenger will get richer by $7,200 (Rs. 4,80,000 approx) and gain 80 ATP points, while the runners up will get $4,053 (Rs. 2,70,000) and 48 ATP points.

Apart from the tournament , the event adds up a host of festive activities for all segments. On offer during the week, will be a tennis carnival that features a District level junior tennis tournament, an Amateur Seniors’ League, daily contests exclusively for coaches and corporate tennis.




2016: Sadio Doumbia (France) b Prajnesh Gunneswaran (India) 4–6, 6–4, 6–3

2015: Yuki Bhambri (India) b Evgeny Donskoy (Russia ) 6–2, 7–6 (7–4)

2014: Yūichi Sugita (Japan) b Adrián Menéndez-Maceiras (Spain ) 6–7 (1–7), 6–4, 6–4


2016: Purav Raja/ Divij Sharan (India) b Luca Margaroli (Swi)/ Hugo Nys (France) 3–6, 6–3, [11–9]

2015: Gerard Granollers / Adrián Menéndez-Maceiras (Spain) b Maximilian Neuchrist (Austria)/ Divij Sharan (India ) 1–6, 6–3, [10–6]

2014: Saketh Myneni / Sanam Singh (India ) b Sanchai / Sonchat Ratiwatana (Thailand) 6–3, 6–2.


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