New Delhi: The All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Saturday announced to host three challenger tournaments including a USD 100000 event at Delhi in February next year.
"AITA is pleased to announce that Delhi will be hosting USD 100000 Challenger in the week of 17th Feb`2014 which is going to be the second highest Prize Money tournament in India after the Chennai Open," an AITA statement said.
AITA will also host a USD 50000 Challenger in the week of February 10, 2014 which will be hosted and organised by the Bengal Tennis Association.
In addition, Tamil Nadu Tennis Association will be hosting a USD 50000 Challenger in the week of Febuary 3 in Chennai.
In its Executive Committee meeting held last month, AITA had decided to host more challenger events for men and women in order to enable players to get ATP/WTA rankings.
"Similar views were expressed by Somdev Devvarman that India needs to have more challengers and similarly the ATP is very keen for Asia to host more challengers," it said.
AITA is also planning to conduct a USD 50000 Women`s Challenger in Delhi in March after the ATP Men`s Challenger event