Rastogi gets wild card, Somdev in top draw of Singapore ATP

Updated: Jan 17, 2011, 20:57 PM IST

Singapore: Asian Games gold medallist Somdev Devvarman and wild card entrant Karan Rastogi will lead India`s charge in this year`s Singapore ATP Challenger
starting Sunday.

Apart from Somdev, world ranked 95th Jan Hajek of Czech Republic, South African Davis Cup star Rik De Voest, Italian Paolo Lovenzi, Thiago Alves of Brazil, Ivo Minar of Czech Republic and Japanese tennis star Go Soeda will be the top draw at the event.

Asian Games bronze medallist Rastogi has been awarded a wildcard in the main draw of the men`s singles event of the ATP Challenger Tour tournament which returns to Singapore after a hiatus of a decade, Tournament Director, Uthrapathy
Shunmugam said.

Organised jointly by event promoter Sports Management Group (SMG), Singapore Tennis Association (STA) and supported by the Singapore Sports Council (SSC), the Singapore ATP Challenger offers a total prize money of USD 50,000 and will be held at Kallang Tennis Centre from January 23 to 30.

The tournament will feature both men`s singles as well as doubles event with ATP world ranked players from over 32 countries participating in the tournament.

"We are looking to use the Singapore ATP Challenger 2011 as a launch pad to bring in more professional tennis events to Singapore. There are a lot of tennis enthusiasts in our country and I am sure that they will all enjoy having big names in the professional tennis circuit play live in Singapore," said Kenneth Low, managing director of SMG.

STA general manager, Gilbert Ng said: "We are very excited that Singapore is able to host the ATP Challenger Tour event. This is a great platform for our players to be exposed to professional tennis events and be inspired by the excitement and adrenaline that they bring. This event will go a long way in transforming and developing the sport in Singapore."