ATP Challenger Tour: 2022 By The Numbers

A file 184 ATP Challenger Tour occasions have been held in 2022. The circuit retains rising with loads of optimistic adjustments coming subsequent 12 months. Earlier than we needed to the quick Challenger low season, this is a bunch of stats and information about what occurred in 2022. Be at liberty to take a look at the earlier editions of this piece in regards to the years 2021, 2020and 2019.

Tournaments by floor

  • 101 – Clay (together with one indoor occasion in Maia)
  • 43 – Out of doors onerous
  • 36—Indoor onerous
  • 3 – Grass
  • 1—Carpet

The dominance of clay on the Challenger circuit began in 2021 when it accounted for 58% occasions. This 12 months, it went all the way down to 54%. In comparison with 2021, there was yet another occasion on grass with the pre-Wimbledon swing in the UK making a full comeback. Ismaning is now the one carpet challenger left on the schedule because the match in Eckental was discontinued.

Variety of occasions per nation

  • 28—Italy
  • 21-United States
  • 18—France

No surprises right here as the highest three stays the identical as in 2021, though the US managed to regain the second spot. Italy’s efforts to prepare as many Challenger occasions as attainable are positively paying off once you have a look at what number of NextGen gamers they presently have on the tour.

Titles received per nation (singles)

  • 23—Argentina
  • 22—France
  • 16—Italy
  • 12-United States

The file stood beforehand at 20, held by Argentina (2007, 2016, 2021), and France (2005). Each nations eclipsed it this 12 months with Argentinian gamers going 23-29 in finals, whereas the French have been extra environment friendly at 22-17. The unbelievable rise of the Italian children allowed the nation to double its title tally in comparison with final 12 months.

Most titles received (singles)

  • 4 – Pedro Cachin, Jack Draper
  • 3 – Daniel Altmaier, Quentin Halys, Fixed Lestienne, Luca Nardi, Ben Shelton, Yibing Wu

Final 12 months, Tallon Griekspoor grew to become the brand new file holder on this class at 8, with Benjamin Bonzi and Sebastian Baez tying the earlier better of 6 (beforehand held by Younes El Aynaoui, Juan Ignacio Chela, and Facundo Bagnis). This season proved how robust it will likely be to even tie Griekspoor’s achievement, particularly as because the ATP Rankings returned to regular after the pandemic, there’s just about no manner you win eight Challengers in the identical 12 months and nonetheless play on the ATP’s secondary circuit.

Most titles received (doubles)

  • 10—Julian Money, Henry Patten
  • 9 – Guillermo Duran
  • 7 – Guido Andreozzi, Albano Olivetti
  • 6 – Nicolas Barrientos, Saketh Myneni, Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela, Cristian Rodriguez

Julian Money and Henry Patten broke the file for the best variety of titles as a pair in a single season, beforehand held by Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana (received 8 in 2012). Guido Andreozzi was the one participant who received a minimum of 4 doubles titles this 12 months and added a trophy in singles as effectively (a really sudden one, which can be talked about later within the article).

Most match wins (singles)

  • 43—Quentin Halys
  • 40 – Tomas Martin Etcheverry, Fixed Lestienne
  • 38 – Pedro Cachin, Emilio Gomez, Matteo Arnaldi

Tomas Martin Etcheverry got here second on this stat in 2021 as effectively (49 to Benjamin Bonzi’s 50). Quentin Halys and Fixed Lestienne had 30+ wins in a season earlier than, however Pedro Cachin greater than doubles his earlier file of 17. Matteo Arnaldi had solely performed 12 predominant draw Challenger matches earlier than this 12 months.

Finest win proportion (minimal 20 matches performed)

  • 86% – Jack Draper (24-4)
  • 85% – Yibing Wu (23-4)
  • 81% – Ben Shelton (35-8), Quentin Halys (43-10)

Not many surprises there. Ben Shelton made his manner into the highest 3 by ending the 12 months on a 15-match win streak, whereas Quentin Halys was just about a beast all-year spherical and regardless of enjoying over 50 matches, nonetheless ended up with over 80%. Jack Draper and Yibing Wu performed rather more sporadically however have been subsequent to unstoppable with a few of their losses additionally involving bodily issues.

ATP High 50 Singles Rating Participation

  • 35 – Daniel Evans – Nottingham – Champion
  • 40 – Albert Ramos-Vinolas – Genoa – Quarterfinal (misplaced to Andrea Pellegrino)
  • 50 – Pedro Martinez – Brunswick – R2 (misplaced to Zhizhen Zhang)
  • 50 – Dominic Thiem – Marbella – R1 (misplaced to Pedro Cachin)

Gamers this high-ranked are usually unable to compete in Challenger Tour occasions, except granted a wildcard pre-approved by the ATP. Final 12 months, high 50 opponents entered 5 occasions and the very best end result was solely a quarterfinal (Dan Evans in Nottingham).

Finals Between High Seeds (singles)

  • (2) Gianluca Mager over (1) Roberto Carballes Baena in Gran Canaria
  • (2) Mats Moraing over (1) Quentin Halys in Turin
  • (2) Quentin Halys over (1) Ricardas Berankis in Lille
  • (1) Tallon Griekspoor over (2) Roberto Carballes Baena in Amersfoort
  • (1) Jordan Thompson over (2) Emilio Gomez at Columbus
  • (2) Juan Pablo Varillas over (1) Facundo Bagnis in Sao Leopoldo

High seeds went 4-0 in finals like that final 12 months, however the second produced a stable effort to take it 4-2 in 2022. Carballes Baena was on the dropping finish twice, though as soon as as every seed. Quentin Halys misplaced as high seed, however received as second seed.

Qualifying champions

  • Antoine Bellier-San Luis Potosi
  • Evan Furness-Ostrava
  • Filip Misolic – Zagreb
  • Sergey Fomin – Shymkent (2)
  • Lukas Klein-Troisdorf
  • Zizou Bergs-Ilkley
  • Hamad Medjedovic-Luedenscheid
  • Raul Brancaccio – San Benedetto del Tronto
  • Valentin Vacherot – Nonthaburi (1)
  • Arthur Cazaux – Nonthaburi (2)
  • Kimmer Coppejans – Toulouse
  • Stuart Parker – Nonthaburi (3)
  • Nicolas Moreno de Alboran – Braga
  • Jan Choinski-Campinas
  • Li Tu—Seoul
  • Mattia Bellucci – St Tropez
  • Tenny’s Sandgren – Las Vegas
  • Otto Virtanen – Bergamo
  • Seong Chan Hong-Matsuyama
  • Leandro Riedi- Helsinki
  • Guido Andreozzi-Temuco

2021 had 6% of Challenger Tour champions begin from the qualifying draw, this proportion has doubled this 12 months (22/183 completed occasions). The wildest second was positively the three-week Nonthaburi Challenger 50 sequence, the place all three occasions have been received by qualifiers.

Wild Card Champions (singles)

  • Matteo Arnaldi – Francavilla al Mare
  • Lorenzo Musetti – Forli
  • Dan Evans-Nottingham
  • Borna Coric-Parma
  • Francesco Maestrelli-Verona
  • Gabriel Diallo – Granby

The primary two would have gotten in on their rating, however did not enroll. Dan Evans could not compete and not using a wildcard as a high 50 participant. The latter three really wanted it to enter the occasions. There have been a number of alternate champions as effectively, whereas Yibing Wu received Orlando on a protected rating and Indianapolis on a particular exempt.

Longest tremendous tie-breaker – 19/17

Boris Arias and Federico Zeballos beat Constantin Bittoun Kouzmine and Brandon Walkin 6-4 4-6 19-17 within the quarterfinals at Pozoblanco. Curiously, this was Bittoun Kouzmine’s solely Challenger look of the 12 months. The Bolivians saved 4 match factors, ultimately securing the important thing mini-break at 17-17 after a sequence of 19 straight factors received on serve.

Double bagels (predominant draw solely)

  • Camilo Ugo Carabelli over Gonzalo Achondo – Concepcion (1)
  • Matias Franco Descotte over Felipe Hernandez – Concepcion (1)
  • Bjorn Fratangelo on Mohammed Safwat-Savannah
  • Marco Cecchinato over Nicholas David Ionel – Luedenscheid
  • Gerald Melzer over Mateo Gomez – Cali
  • Kimmer Coppejans over Arthur Reymond – Troyes
  • Michael Mmoh over Alexander Bernard – Knoxville

5/7 got here in Challengers performed within the Americas, which are likely to have high-quality seeds, however typically lack depth. Marco Cecchinato over Nicholas David Ionel might be essentially the most shocking one right here, particularly because the Romanian had a fairly stable 12 months with a semifinal in Sibiu. Mohammed Safwat received a Challenger firstly of 2020, however the double bagel actually reveals you ways a lot he is declined since (presently world #665). Kimmer Coppejans over Arthur Reymond is the one one which occurred in R2 (relaxation R1).

One unfinished occasion – ​​Charleston

#1 and #2 competing in a Challenger – Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic in Phoenix

The Arizona Tennis Basic is held throughout the second week of the Indian Wells Masters, which permits some gamers that normally do not function on the Challenger Tour to compete. This was taken to the acute in 2022 as Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic, on the time world #1 and world #2 within the ATP Doubles Rankings, determined to hunt kind in Phoenix. They solely managed a semifinal, dropping to Oscar Otte and Jan-Lennard Struff.

Oldest singles champion this 12 months – Fernando Verdasco

At 38 years and three months of age, Fernando Verdasco grew to become the second oldest ATP Challenger Tour champion in Monterrey (Ivo Karlovic was sixteen months older when he received Calgary three years in the past). No different participant older than 32 received a title in singles in 2022.

Lowest-ranked singles champion since 2006 – Guido Andreozzi

Focusing extra on doubles this 12 months after some severe accidents, Guido Andreozzi was enjoying simply his fifth singles occasion of 2022 in Temuco. Regardless of ranging from the qualifying draw, he produced a superb run to take the titlesuccessful his first Challenger since 2018. He was ranked 901 on the time, turning into the lowest-ranked champion since his compatriot Guillermo Canas, who was returning to the game after over a 12 months in Belem 2006 and didn’t have any factors left.

Three titles in three weeks – Ben Shelton

Final 12 months, this feat was managed by Benjamin Bonzi and Tallon Griekspoor. Ben Shelton’s achievement was extra monumental although. It allowed him to win the USTA Australian Open Wildcard Problem, break the highest 100, and most significantly – he’s the youngest participant to ever win three Challenger occasions in three consecutive weeks.

Received an ATP Tour and an ATP Challenger Tour title in the identical 12 months

  • Francisco Cerundolo (Bastad ATP 250/Santa Cruz Challenger)
  • Borna Coric (Cincinnati ATP 1000/Parma Challenger)
  • Marc-Andrea Huesler (Sofia ATP 250/Mexico Metropolis Challenger and Aguascalientes Challenger)
  • Lorenzo Musetti (Hamburg ATP 500/Forli Challenger)
  • Yoshihito Nishioka (Seoul ATP 250/Columbus Challenger)
  • Holger Rune (Munich ATP 250, Stockholm ATP 250, and Paris ATP 1000/Sanremo Challenger)

Borna Coric used the Challenger Tour in his comeback, ultimately securing the largest title of his profession simply two months after triumphing in Parma. Marc-Andrea Huesler had a full-on breakthrough 12 months and it began together with his good performances on altitude clay in Mexico. Holger Rune received the one challenger he competed this 12 monthsFrancisco Cerundolo and Lorenzo Musetti performed in two.

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