Canberra will cement itself in the summer of tennis alongside the inaugural ATP Cup via hosting the highest level ATP Challenger event in Australia and the most significant combined event the capital has ever seen. The Apis Canberra International, will take place from 6-12 January 2020 with a men’s ATP Challenger 125 and women’s USD$25,000 ITF World Tennis Tour event.
The men’s ATP 125 event, will offer over USD$160,000 in prizemoney, more than double the amount previously offered at a Canberra event. The highest level event on the ATP Challenger Tour, Canberra joins an elite group of cities hosting an ATP 125 event globally.
Canberra events have acted as a launch pad for players on the ATP Tour, with 21* current top 100 players competing in Canberra since 2016, including Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE), Denis Shapovalov (CAN), Alex de Minaur (NSW) and US Open quarterfinalist, Diego Schwartzman (ARG).
A women’s USD$25,000 ITF World Tennis Tour event will be held alongside in what is anticipated to be one of the strongest fields at this event level as players begin their preparation for the Australian Summer of Tennis.
Tennis ACT CEO and Apis Canberra International Tournament Director, Kim Kachel is looking forward to the new look event in January.
“This is truly an unbelievable calendar for 2020 and the anticipation is already building for this brilliant new event in January. We are excited to once again showcase tennis in Canberra at the peak time in the Australian calendar. Our previous events have been some of the strongest ATP Challenger Tour events on the calendar and we are excited to see the calibre of players the new event attracts.”
“It will also be fantastic to showcase the rising stars of the women’s game with it being the first time we have hosted a women’s Pro Tour in January at the redeveloped Canberra Tennis Centre,” Kachel added.
The Apis Group have joined as naming rights partners with Tennis ACT, with Apis Group Partner, Anthony Honeyman excited to see the Canberra community rally around the tournament.
“Apis is proud to continue our association with international tennis in Canberra. We are looking forward to seeing a stellar field in January and know Canberrans will be out in force to support such a wonderful event”.
Tickets for the event will go on sale in November.