The Tiburon Peninsula Club is very proud to host the $50,000 Royal Bank of Scotland USTA Pro Circuit Challenger. As you may recall, TPC has hosted two of these events, in 2003 and 2004. Both were resounding successes — sponsors and participants considered these tournaments the best USTA Challengers on the schedule. The qualifying tournament begins Saturday, October 10th, with the main draw starting on Monday, October 12 and culminating with the finals on Sunday, October 18th.
USTA Men's Circuit
There are two types of men's events on the USTA Pro Circuit: Futures and Challengers. Each event has 32 players in the main singles draw and 16 teams competing in doubles.
Futures are professional tournaments offering $10,000 to $15,000 in prize money and are typically the proving ground for top-ranked juniors, college players and pros at the beginning of their careers. Players competing in Futures generally have an ATP Entry System ranking ranging from No. 150 to No. 900. The singles qualifying draw size is 64 or 128 players for the $10,000 events, and 64 players for the $15,000 events. Players must reach the round of 16 to earn a ranking point.
Challengers offer $25,000 to $50,000 in prize money. These tournaments serve as a bridge between the Futures and the ATP tour and enable players to earn more points per round than they do in Futures events. In fact, players can achieve a Top 100 ranking by playing solely in Challengers. The qualifying draw size is 32 players.