After a two-year hiatus, the fun and competition of the Savannah Challenger is set to return.
The 12th annual premiere professional ATP USTA tennis event will take place April 25 through May 1 at the Franklin Creek Tennis Center on Skidaway Island. The tennis tournament is presented by St. Joseph’s / Candler and hosted by the Landings Club, with events and entertainment offered throughout.
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“It feels fantastic to host the Savannah Challenger again after our two year Covid hiatus,” shared Rhegan White-Clemm, Tournament Chair. “In its 12th year, the Savannah Challenger continues to be a popular tournament for ATP players on the rise.”
The Savannah ATP Challenger is one of the few professional sporting events hosted in the area, organizers note, with many young players participating who have gone on to be Top 20 in the world, including Nick Kyrgios and Kei Nishikori, who both took home the Savannah Challenger championship trophy.
To make up for lost time after pausing during the pandemic, the Savannah Challenger is bringing some new events to the tournament.
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This year, the Challenger will feature a silent auction to raise funds for a local nonprofit organization and a Center Court concert on Thursday, April 28.
The Savannah Challenger has partnered with nonprofit, the Savannah Area Tennis Association (SATA), which creates and supports initiatives for underserved communities with their tennis programs for children in Chatham County.
A subset of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), SATA’s Community Outreach Programs include Special Pops, Wheelchair Tennis, tennis programs with the Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club and more.
“The sport of tennis is growing in all parts of our Lowcountry community and we at the Savannah Challenger feel it is important to give back to an organization that makes tennis available to everyone and anyone who wants to play,” White-Clemm shared.
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Following a day of tennis on April 28, visitors can experience a Center Court Concert at 8 pm with Savannah group, Tell Scarlet, playing a range of hit songs spanning 60s classics to today’s favorites.
If you can’t make the event, this year’s matches will also be livestreamed on the Savannah Challenger website and on ATP Challenger TV, which is broadcast around the world.
From competitive tennis to events and music, organizers say this year’s Challenger should prove well worth the wait for local tennis fans.
“Savannah has a large and enthusiastic tennis community, and everyone loves to come to this tournament to watch world-ranked international players fight for ATP points,” White-Clemm noted. “Meanwhile, US players can vie for a Wild Card to the 2022 French Open, so here is a lot at stake for all these Savannah Challenger competitors.”
For tickets and info. about The Savannah Challenger Tournament including schedule, sponsorships, and volunteer opportunities, visit savannahchallenger.com or call (912) 598-3501.
Learn more about SATA by visiting savannahtennis.com.