This will be the first and maybe the last Chicago Fall Tennis Classic tournament, as it was organized to fill in the gap created by cancellation of the Asia Swing for a 2nd year in a row because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The 56-player draw was able to attract many of the top players, and given the fact that Indian Wells Main Draw will start on Wednesday next week, they will have plenty of time to not overlook this in order to be fresh for one of the very few big tournaments left in the calendar until the end of the year.
History… This will be the 141-st edition of the tournament and the modern version of the US National Championship who was played for the first time in August 1881. The competition has been played on hard courts since 1978, but before that 3 years was played on Clay and between 1881 and 1974 on Grass.
Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer are tied for most titles here at 5. Interesting fact is that Roger won all his titles in consecutive years between 2004 and 2008.
Dominic Thiem is the defending champion, he defeated Alexander Zverev in a tight match that required 5th set tiebreaker to separate the two
History… Taking place in the Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina this will be the 10th edition of the tournament.
The competition who started as an exhibition in 1981 and moved through Long Island, New Haven until it settled on the current destination since 2011.
Last year’s tournament was cancelled due to Covid-19 and in 2019 Hubert Hurkacz defeated Benoit Paire to take home the title.
History… The Inaugural ‘Tennis in The Land’ tournament will bring a Women’s event for the first time in Cleveland.
The competition will be held at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Flats West Bank and was able to attract quite a good field despite it’s played a week before the last Grand Slam of the year and a time where most of the best players decide to rest instead
History… This will be the 120th edition of the tournament originally played in Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. This year will mark the return of the event since 2019 as due to Covid travel restrictions and other problems the competition was held in New York last year.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic won’t be here and Rafael Nadal withdrew because of an ongoing foot injury that puts his US Open participation in doubt as well.
Roger Federer is the record holder for most titles here with 7, but the Swiss isn’t here because of a knee injury
Favourites/Top Seeds/Dark Horses….
Daniil Medvedev who is still in