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Dallas Tennis Classic Returns to Las Colinas

ATP Challenger event begins its second year at Four Seasons Resort and Club



    (Published Monday, March 11, 2013)

    Tennis fans are in for a treat this week, with the ATP Challenger Tour returns to Las Colinas.

    Some of the top tennis pros will play in the Dallas Tennis Classic at the Four Seasons Resort and Club.

    About 4,000 fans packed the venue last year for the tournament's inaugural year. Zoltan Papp, this year's tournament director said he expects the crowd to double.

    "There is a lot of good players," said Marcos Baghdatis, who is currently ranked No. 35 in the world. "You can get some practice in, and it's a nice resort. Everything looks perfect; just, I wish the weather gets a bit hotter and that's all."

    The Dallas Tennis Classic takes advantage of its location both geographically and schedule-wise. It takes place between the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., and the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.

    "Both of those tournaments are mandatory for top-50 players, so it's a perfect opportunity for us here in Dallas to stop here, play a few more matches, get a couple more matches under their belt," Papp said.

    The Dallas Tennis Classic has the highest level of prize money on the ATP Challenger Tour -- $125,000.

    And unlike other challenger events, the tournament allows players positioned 11 through 50 in the ATP rankings to enter, with those ranked in the top 10 in the world receiving a Wild Card to compete.

    The tournament features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw.