The ATP recently announced some exciting news about the upcoming 2023 ATP Challenger Tour season that includes new tournaments, a new 175 event category, and an over 60% jump in prize money.
ATP Challenger Tour 2023
The 2023 season will see a record 195 ATP challenger events being played all across the world with a 170% increase in the number of challenger 100 and 125 tournaments when compared with 2022.
In addition to four main categories of challengers (50, 75, 100, and 125), 2023 will see the introduction of three new 175 events, that will be played in the second of the ATP Master’s 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells, Madrid, and Rome.
This will give players who lose in the first week of these Master’s 1000 events, an opportunity to earn some additional prize money.
2023 will also see the phase out of category 90 and 110 tournaments in favor of the four main categories.
Prize money for the 2023 Challenger Tour will see an increase of $7.9 million dollars from the amount awarded in 2022 ($13.2 million dollars).
This will see the prize money awarded at category 100 events rise from $106,240 to $130,000 and category 75 from $53,120 to $80,000.
The new 175 events will have a total prize fund of $220,000.
In an effort to make it easier for players to make a living playing on the challenger tour, the amounts awarded to players in the first couple of rounds of a tournament will be increased.
2023 Calendar (Schedule of Tournaments)
The official calendar for 2023 has not been released yet but below are some tournaments that have been confirmed.
I will update the below schedule as soon as more events are confirmed.
- Canberra International (31 December 2022 – 7 January 2023)
- Oeiras Open 1 (1 – 8 January 2023)
- Oeiras Open 2 (8 – 15 January 2023)
- Open Quimper Bretagne Occidentale, Quimper, France – (23 – 29 January 2023)
- Nagpur, India – (exact dates TBC)
- Abierto GNP Seguros, Monterrey, Mexico – (27 February – 5 March 2023)
How points will be distributed to players has not been disclosed yet but we do know that the winner of a category 175 event will win 175 ATP points, the winner of a category 125 event will win 125 ATP points, the winner of a category 100 event will win 100 ATP points, the winner of a category 75 event will win 75 ATP points, and the winner of a category 50 event will win 50 ATP points.