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Professional tennis players from America, Asia and Europe are doing battle in Chitre, Herrera province, in one of the stops of the world tennis circuit. The Visit Panama Cup is a professional tennis tournament that is valid for the world ranking and it is taking place until Sunday, February 2. This is the first tournament of this magnitude to take place in the province.
The “Centro de Alto Rendimiento Carlos Peralta,” in Chitre is the venue and more than 40 professional players will take part. There will also be tennis clinics offered to novices and beginners.
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger Tour is the secondary professional tennis circuit organized by the ATP. The 2014 ATP Challenger Tour calendar comprises approximately 150 tournaments, with prize money ranging from $40,000 up to $220,000, which represents an increase of the minimum prize money from $35,000. It is the 38th edition of the challenger tournaments cycle, and 6th under the name of Challenger Tour.
Fabricio Valdivieso, the tournament director, said that Visit Panama will be played with a lineup of 32 players in singles and 16 teams in doubles, and includes a previous phase or qualifier, in which a maximum of 32 players will fight for four spaces in the semifinals.
The event will be televised and transmitted around the world through the internet, making an important contribution to Panamanian tennis with players of the stature of Walner Espinoza, Luis Fernando García and Ariel Ilarslan, among others, taking part.