The Play In Challenger (ATP Challenger tournament 54 160 $ + H) will be held from 18 to 24 March 2019 on Tennis Club Lillois Lille Métropole infrastructures. For its second edition, the Lille tournament maintains what contributed to its success in 2018, and extends his program in order to always better meet with players, public and partners’ expectations.
We now know the dates of the second edition of the Play In Challenger, the ATP tournament organised by the Tennis Club Lillois Lille Métropole. This one will be held from 18 to 24 March 2019, i.e. the same week in ATP calendar as in 2018. Let’s remind you that top players came this year, such as Nicolas Mahut and Bernard Tomic, as well as young French raising stars Ugo Humbert (today in World Top 100), Corentin Moutet, Quentin Halys and Grégoire Barrère (this latter capturing the trophy against German Tobias Kamke).
For this second round, the Management Committee has expressed the willingness to keep strong moments, which have widely contributed to the success of the tournament : the kids’ day first, on Wednesday, then the Night Session, planned on Thursday evening. No exhibition match this time (let’s remember about the opposition between Paul-Henri Mathieu and Michaël Llodra), but two matches of the singles draw, to put forward top seeds of the tournament. And between them, a raffle with numerous gifts to win. All of this in an amazing atmosphere (speaker, DJ, music at side changes) ! A party all at once sporty and festive, and furthermore free !
Besides, several novelties are planned. To begin with an official presentation of the players on Monday 18 March around 06:00 pm at the Shopping Center Euralille, new partner of the Play In Challenger ! Presentation to which you could of course attend, as this one will be opened to public. Other novelty, but for the players : the Players’ Party on Tuesday. And then, for those of you who want, you will be able to come on the tournament in privileged conditions as two afterworks will be scheduled, on Wednesday and Friday.
At last, with the reform set up by the ATP, we inform you that the tournament will last 7 days, from Monday to Sunday, and not anymore 9 days. 48 players will be listed in the singles main draw instead of 32. Qualifying draw will be composed of only 4 players, who will compete for two tickets in the main draw. Both finals, single and doubles, will be scheduled on the same day, Sunday 24 March (with, between them, a surprise!).