ATP Champions Tour
The ATP Champions Tour is a tournament series for former professional tennis player.
It is organized as the ATP World Tour and ATP Challenger Tour by the Association of Tennis Professionals.
- 3.1 Eligibility
The ATP Champions Tour was founded in 1997 and dominated in the early years of John McEnroe. Over the years, more and more former world-class players of the tour joined. Especially Marcelo Rios and Sergi Bruguera were later able to win several tournaments. McEnroe takes at the age of 53 years are still on the tour in part, at this age, he won the tournament in 2012 in Stockholm (his 21 titles on the Champions Tour ).
They will play five to ten tournaments per year, which are held in different cities around the world.
Since the start of the tour in 1997, the tournament of London as a tour finale at the end of the season will be uninterrupted in the tournament schedule, while the other venues for the tournaments rotate.
Overview of the tournament venues 2009-2013:
- 2009: Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Algarve, Paris, Chengdu, London.
- 2010: Delray Beach, Zurich, Bogota, Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Algarve, Knokke, Paris, Chengdu, Sydney, London.
- 2011: Delray Beach, Zurich, Bogota, Sao Paulo, Knokke, Chengdu, Santiago, London.
- 2012: Delray Beach, Stockholm, Zurich, Medellin, Sao Paulo, Knokke, Chengdu, Santiago, London.
- 2013: Delray Beach, Stockholm, Edinburgh, Knokke, Medellin, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, London.
At each tournament take part eight players. They are divided into two groups of four. The first of each group contest the final, the group Second play for third place.
Participation is open to all players who are over 30 years old, have completed their ATP World Tour career, and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Former world No. 1 ranking
- Finalist in a Grand Slam singles tournament
- Single - player in a Davis Cup - winning team.
In addition, may be awarded for each tournament two wildcards.
So far, twelve world number one played in the Champions Tour: Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg, Jim Courier, Stefan Edberg, John McEnroe, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Carlos Moyá, Thomas Muster, Patrick Rafter, Marcelo Ríos, Pete Sampras and Mats Wilander.
It will not be listed all the tournaments since held many only a few times. Due to changing Tournament Schedule, the order is not always the order in the current year.
Booth: 2013 after the tournament 4