If you thought there were too many tournaments on the ATP calendar, not to mention Challengers and Futures, then there’s more! The exhibition tournaments are used by players for a few reasons. Sometimes they just want to tune up their game on a particular surface before a season starts, play a local exhibition for their home country and fans or take a nice fat paycheck for showing up.Here’s a rundown of a few notable ones:
1. Kooyong Classic, Australia – January
The AAMI Classic is a professional tennis exhibition singles-only tournament, played on outdoor hard courts. It is held annually in January, right before the Australian Open, at the Kooyong Stadium in Kooyong, Melbourne, Australia.
Eight invited players participate in the tournament in a promotion/relegation format, playing three matches each over four days. (source Wikipedia)
2. Boodles, Buckinghamshire, England
The Boodles Tennis Challenge is an international five day tennis exhibition held at Stoke Park Club in Buckinghamshire, England initially founded by veteran sports agent Patricio Apey as an event to help players hone their grass court skills in the lead-up to Wimbledon.
Often described as an elegant English summer party around world class tennis, attendances are strictly limited to 1500 people per day to ensure every guests has a quality view of both the tennis and the exquisite jewellery on display. (source Wikipedia)
3. Hurlingham, London, England
The Hurlingham Club is an exclusive sports club in Fulham in southwest London, England. The club, founded in 1869, is situated by the River Thames in Fulham, West London, and has a Georgian clubhouse set in 42 acres (17 ha) of grounds.
The Hurlingham provides social and sporting facilities for its members and their guests, including tennis, croquet, cricket, bowls, golf, squash and swimming (with both indoor and outdoor pools) as well as the fitness facilities provided in the fitness centre and gymnasium. (source Wikipedia)
4. Liverpool International, Liverpool, England
The Tradition-ICAP Liverpool International is a mixed exhibition tennis tournament at Calderstones Park,Liverpool, England, held during the second week of the grass court season since 2002.
TENNIS pros of the present and legends from the past are taking to the court in Calderstones Park for the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament this weekend.
Now in its tenth year, the competition is a regular fixture of the summer season as the top players prepare for Wimbledon and the former stars put on a show for the public. (source Liverpool Echo)
5. Mark Knowles’ Celebrity Tennis Invitational, Bahamas
Mark annually holds a charity tournament on Paradise Island, off his home island of New Providence, from which all proceeds go to local children’s charities.
The Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational debuted in 2001 and it is attended by players such as Andre Agassi and James Blake, Jim Courier, Tommy Haas and The Bryan Brothers. (source: ATP)
6. Copa Peugeot Argentina de Tenis, Buenos Aires, Argentina – December
The Copa Peugeot Argentina de Tenis (sponsored by Peugeot) is a professional tennis exhibition. Which follows round robin format, split into two groups, before a final between the group winners.
It is played on hard courts. It is held annually in December at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, since 2003. (source Wikipedia)
7. Masters Guinot-Mary Cohr, France – May
The Masters Guinot-Mary Cohr is a tennis team exhibition event played on clay the week before the French Open. It features two teams, Guinot (Red) and Mary Cohr (Green). Both are made up of 5 players and 1 playing captain.
The captains have consisted of Marat Safin, James Blake, David Ferrer and Michaël Llodra. Team Guinot currently hold a 2-0 series lead over team Mary Cohr, with the most recent tie (2011) ending in a draw. Each match is played best-of-3 sets, with a match tiebreak in place of a third set. (source Wikipedia)
8. Mubadala World Tennis Championship, Dubai
The World Tennis Championship (also known as the Mubadala World Tennis Championship for sponsorship reasons) is a professional tennis exhibition singles-only tournament, played on outdoor hard courts.
It is held annually in January at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 2009. (source Wikipedia)
9. World Tennis Challenge, Adelaide, South Australia – January
The World Tennis Challenge is a three night exhibition tournament held in the week before the Australian Open in Adelaide, South Australia.
The tournament was created by a consortium of past players including Jim Courier, Darren Cahill, Mark Woodforde and Roger Rasheed. It has four teams of two players, a ‘legend’ and a current player and are paired into areas e.g. Americas or represent their countries.
The current players play each other in a best of 3 match with a match tiebreaker for a 3rd set. The legends play a pro set, and the doubles if needed is a normal set with no a rules before a super tie break if needed.. (source Wikipedia)
What looks like a college gymnasium plays host to Spring exhibition. Very little is known about this tournament outside of Argentina, which sounds very mysterious but really I know nothing about it. David Nalbandian was last year’s winner.