ATF launches the Asian Tour in bid to promote new talent

 09 Mar 2016 - 1:49

ATF launches the Asian Tour in bid to promote new talent
Chairman of the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) Nasser bin Ghanim Al Khelaifi and President of ATF Anil  Khanna are seen along with ATF Board of Directors after a meeting in Doha recently.

 

Doha:  With an aim to provide young tennis players a ‘developmental pathway’, the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) recently launched an exclusive Asian Tennis Tour (ATT) for the players in the Asian region. 
The decision to launch the initiative was taken at the ATF Board of Directors meeting held in Doha recently. 
This tour has been created with the specific objective of enhancing opportunities for the young Asian tennis players to fill up the void between the national and international professional Circuits. 
It will also help the professional players to earn decent living of the game enabling them to invest in their journey of becoming an international tennis player.
ATF Chairman Nasser Ghanim Al Khelaifi said: “This tour is a great ATF initiative that aims to provide the much needed boost to the careers of the young Asian tennis players, who have up till now found it difficult to make the transition from juniors to the men’s circuit.” Anil Khanna; President of ATF said: “The ATT would not only prove to be a launch pad for the young players but would also aim at strengthening the match readiness of the Davis Cup is the face of professional circuit in their regions.”
Khanna added they would “request Grand Slams and the ATP Tour event for wild cards in their qualifying events to help boost the young Asian tennis players”.
Only the Asian players will be allowed to compete in the ATT events and incentive would be to get wild cards for various ITF Futures and ATP Challenger events apart from some prize money. Another incentive is that top-five players on the ATT will be given a chance to travel with the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) teams.
“The Asian tennis tour has been created with the specific objective of enhancing opportunities for the young Asian tennis players to fill up the void between the national and international professional circuits. This transition void has been traditionally resulting in many of these players dropping off the game due to lack of chances of making a decent living and advancement in their professional careers,” an ATF press release stated. 
The ATT will begin with an event in New Delhi from April 18.
 The players will not be able to earn any ranking points from the tournaments but they can earn money. The tournaments will be in two categories. In the first category, the event prize money would be $5000 plus $2000 as travel/support allowance.
In the second category, the event prize money purse would be $7500 apart from $2000 as travel/support allowance. It was not clear what is the prize money for the winner and runner-up. A similar Tour will be launched for women in 2018. 
The new initiative of ATF is expected to benefit around 1500 junior and professional tennis players across Asia. The Peninsula