The Wilson Tennis Challenge will raise the bar this year with its biggest ever prize money purse, when the 7th edition of the popular local tournament returns to the Gauteng East Tennis Centre in Lakefield, Benoni from 31 May – 09 June 2019.
Thanks to the continued commitment of title sponsor – sporting equipment giant Wilson, the 2019 tournament’s prize purse will be set at the R150 000 mark – an increase of R50 000 from last year.
Brothers, Brad and Brett Summers, Directors of The Golf Racket, who are the distributors of Wilson products throughout South Africa, are delighted to once again be sponsoring the event.
“Sponsoring the Wilson tournament is our way of giving back to the sport which has been very good to our family over the years and we will continue to sponsor the event. The great news this year is that we have decided to up the prizemoney. We have seen the tournament grow from strength to strength and have decided that it is time the prizemoney kept pace. In line with being the leading brand in tennis, our vision is to make the Wilson tournament the best on the SA calendar” said Brad Summers.
The tournament will once again cater for juniors (boys and girls under 14) as well as men’s and women’s open categories. The juniors and women’s singles events will be 32 draws and the men’s event a 64 draw. There will also be a doubles event for both men and women.
As part of the prize money increase the tournament will now award equal prize money to men and women’s events in the 2019 season and beyond. Men’s and women’s winner will both receive R20 000 and so it will continue all the way down to the round of 16. The women’s doubles event will also be increased to bring it in line with the men.
“The Wilson Tennis Challenge has become a fixture on the local South African tournament circuit and this year’s event promises to be the best yet. We would like to thank Wilson and the Summers family for their willingness to invest in the growth of local tennis,” concluded Tennis South Africa (TSA) CEO Richard Glover.