Category Archives: Tennis in Singapore

WTA Championships Singapore 2014

The 2014 WTA Championships in Singapore will be played on Tuesday October 21 to Sunday October 26. The most prestigious tournament on the WTA calendar each year is the season-ending spectacular that only the best eight doubles teams and the best eight singles players in the world contest.

The Top 8 singles players and Top 8 doubles teams in the Race to Singapore have to qualify to participate by proving for that throughout the calendar year, they are the best of the elite players in the world. These players battle it out for the greatest WTA rankings honour of being crowned the year-end World No.1 at this event.

Singapore is the ninth city to host the WTA Championships since 1972 and will do so for a record five years (2014-2018). The venue for the event is the US$1 billion state-of-the-art Singapore Sports Hub with the Singapore Indoor Stadium the centre stage for matches. It is advised that you book a hotel in Singapore well in advance to attend this event.

To make it easier for you to find the coverage and follow the discussion on Twitter OnCourt Advantage has coined the hashtag #WTASingapore which, I’m sure will catch on around the world!

I encourage you to “Follow” the WTA Twitter like I do, the official handle is @WTA and the hashtag is #WTA to follow women’s pro tennis discussion. Please “Like” the official WTA Facebook page just as I do by pasting http://www.facebook.com/WTA into your address bar then click “Like” once you are there, to join the over one million “Likes” for women’s tennis.

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Singapore Tennis

Singapore is amazing. You should definitely come to Singapore.

I LOVE this clip…

All the best WTA players in the world will be coming to Singapore to play tennis and so should you. This is especially true now that I am your guide to arrange your tennis: whether it be playing, socially, competitively, advise you on tennis lessons, training and tournaments. You can contact me via email to info@OnCourtAdvantage.com.

In this new and exciting addition to OnCourt Advantage, all things Singaporean will be covered will be covered in the Tennis in Singapore category. The inside information that tourists, visitors, business trip and new arrivals need so they can step off the plane with their tennis plans already booked and set to go.

Everything about Singapore tennis and the 2014-2018 WTA Championships in Singapore will be covered in depth.

Visit, see, play, live… enjoy Singapore!

Singapore 2012 Men’s Singles Draw

The 2012 Singapore ATP Challenger men’s main draw singles matches will begin on Monday 27 February at 4pm local time in Singapore. Join me at the tennis in Singapore. ATP Challenger’s are the stepping stone to for players to build their ranking in order to earn the right to compete at the highest level in men’s tennis i.e. the ATP Tour in the 250, 500, Masters 1000 and Grand Slams.

Future stars of the game need to compete in Challengers and progress their game, experience and rankings so can be seen in action as they fight for valuable ATP ranking points as Pete SAMPRAS, Roger FEDERER and Rafael NADAL did in the past. This tournament is the only ATP or WTA world rankings points tournament played in Singapore for 2012.

Please leave a comment below this article regarding anything YOU would like to know about in tennis, have explained or suggest for me to write about here at OnCourt Advantage. Click this link for details about how you arrange your FREE Singapore Official tennis tickets, a directory to all of the OnCourt Advantage coverage of the Singapore ATP Challenger and the full tournament schedule of play, prize money and ranking points allocation.

There are 32 main draw spots divided up between 4 Qualifiers (Q), 4 Wild Cards (WC) and 24 Direct Acceptances. The direct acceptances are the 24 highest ranked players according to the ATP Tour rankings at the cut-off deadline for entry, which was 6 February 2012. The official draw will be held on Friday 24 February for both the main draw and the qualifying event at 7pm at the Quality Hotel Marlow.

The Seeds: In a 32-player sized draw there are 8 seeded players. This means that all of the 8 seeds are separated in the draw so they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents who are unseeded, before they can meet another seed in the quarter finals.

The seeding is allocated to the 8 highest ranked players according to the latest ATP rankings BEFORE the draw is made. These latest rankings were released on Monday 20 February therefore the seeding can be worked out before it is officially announced. Japan’s Go SOEDA at the 2011 Singapore ATP Challenger is No.82 currently just 1 spot shy of his career best ranking. The 1.78m SOEDA is the No.2 seed this year.

The 8 seeds were ranked from World No.64 (LU Yen-Hsun) through to No.211 (Amir WEINTRAUB). The last direct acceptance into the main draw was Timo NIEMINEN from Finland who was ranked No.314 at the cut-off date.

The 2012 Singapore ATP Challenger 8 singles seeds are:

1-LU Yen-Hsun, 2-Go SOEDA, 3-Yuichi SUGITA, 4-Danai UDOMCHOKE, 5-YANG Tsung-Hua, 6-Benjamin MITCHELL, 7-Harri HELIOVAARA and 8-Amir WEINTRAUB.

If any of the seeded players withdraw before taking the court for their 1st round match another player will replace that seed. If a replacement seed is selected he would be the next highest ranked player from the direct acceptances i.e. Jimmy WANG.

The Wild Cards: will be awarded at the discretion of the Tournament Committee and announced on Thursday 23 February. As soon as this announcement is made the 4 wild card recipients will be listed here-> HUANG Liang-Chi, Christopher RUNGKAT, Peerakiat SIRILUITHAIWATTANA and Vishnu VARDHAN.

The Qualifiers: the 32-player qualifying tournament sets the task of winning 3 best-of-three tiebreak set matches in order to qualify for the main draw. These four players will have their names added here as soon as they win their final round of qualifying -> Divij SHARAN, Jose (Rubin) STATHAM, Hiroyasu EHARA and Henri LAAKSONEN.

© photo credit: CRFT Studios

Singapore 2012 Men’s Schedule of Play

The 2012 Singapore Open is the only professional WTA or ATP tennis in Singapore in 2012 and is an ATP Challenger tournament played on Plexipave hard courts from 25 February to 4 March. The 2nd year of this event is being played at the South Island Country Club Tennis, Bukit Location, 240 Sime Road, 288303. The official tournament name is the Manulife Singapore ATP Challenger due to title sponsorship naming rights.

In this post OnCourt Advantage will provide you with the schedule of play for the full duration of this tournament, the ATP ranking points and prize money that is allocated for each and every round of the event. Click this link to register for YOUR-> Singapore ATP Challenger Official tennis tickets. The main draw ceremony will be held at the tournament venue on Saturday 25 February at 4pm.

Please leave a comment below this article regarding anything YOU would like to know about in tennis, have explained or suggest for me to write about here at OnCourt Advantage. Click this link for details about how you register for your free Singapore Official tennis tickets and you will also find full coverage of this event in addition to all professional men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments all year round.

In order to have both the ATP Tour men’s professional tennis champions playing tennis in Singapore EVERY year, it is up to YOU to share this page on Facebook and by email with all of your Singapore friends to help make sure everyone possible knows all the necessary details, including how to register for tickets.

The 2012 Singapore ATP Challenger’s No.1 seed is LU Yen-Hsun from Chinese Taipei. The 2010 Wimbledon quarter finalist possesses lightning foot speed, making him great to watch LIVE. The 28-year-old LU is pictured above relaxed yet focused and in great position to play this double-handed backhand at the 2011 Miami ATP Tour Masters 1000 tournament. The current World No.64 achieved his career-high ranking to date of No.33 on 1 November 2010. LU equalled his best result at the AUSTRALIAN OPEN this year by making the 3rd round.

The 1.8m LU is the second highest ranked Asian player in the world. LU has played in all four Grand Slam singles events multiple times with his career best Grand Slam singles result to date being making the 2010 Wimbledon quarter finals. LU defeated former World No.1, US OPEN Singles champion and triple WIMBLEDON singles finalist Andy Roddick 9 games to 7 in the 5th in 4 hours and 36 minutes.

Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day, in which case OnCourt Advantage will update them here straight away.

The ATP ranking points and prize money for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:

  1. The winner earns 80 points + $7,200;
  2. The runner-up earns 48 points + $4,240;
  3. The two semi finalists earn 29 points + $2,510;
  4. The four quarter finalists earn 15 points + $1,460;
  5. The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 7 points + $860;
  6. The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $520 but DO NOT earn any ranking points.

*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 3 ATP ranking points. There is a 32-player qualifying draw. Wild Card entrants who lose in the 1st round of the main draw DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd round of the qualifying event earn DO NOT receive any prize money and DO NOT win any ranking points.

The schedule of play for the 2012 Singapore Men’s Singles event is:

  • Saturday 25 February: Qualifying 1st round from 10am;
  • Sunday 26 February: Qualifying 2nd round from 10am;
  • Monday 27 February: Qualifying 3rd round from 4pm;
  • Monday 27 February: Main Draw 1st round from 4pm;
  • Tuesday 28 February: Main Draw 1st round from 4pm;
  • Wednesday 29 February: Round of 16 from 4pm;
  • Thursday 1 March: Round of 16 from 4pm;
  • Friday 2 March: Quarter Finals from 4pm;
  • Saturday 3 March: Semi Finals from 4pm; and
  • Sunday 4 March: Men’s Singles Final at 4pm.
OnCourt Advantage supplies all the details YOU need to make it easy to follow tennis, get your tennis tickets and watch men’s and women’skprofessional tennis on the WTA, ATP Tour and for each Grand Slam tournament all year round. 

© photo credit: Beth Wilson


Singapore Tennis 2012 ATP Challenger

The 2012 Singapore ATP Challenger is the only professional tennis tournament being held in Singapore in 2012. The inaugural event last year is going ahead for a second time and OnCourt Advantage encourages YOU to make a difference to tennis in Singapore by showing that you REALLY support Singapore tennis so that world-class professional tennis can continue in Singapore for a third year and beyond!

The event organisers and sponsors are proud to announce that you DO NOT have to buy tickets this year. YOU simply have to register at the Official website (http://www.singaporeatpchallenger.com/tickets.html) for your tickets before they are all given away-> Singapore Tennis Challenger OR you can register at the event on the day you want to attend.

In order to have both the ATP Tour men’s professional tennis champions playing tennis in Singapore EVERY year, it is up to YOU to share this page on Facebook and by email with all of your Singapore friends to help make sure everyone possible knows all the necessary details, including how to register for tickets.

Please leave a comment below this article regarding anything else YOU would like to know about in tennis, have explained or suggest for me to write about here at OnCourt Advantage.

The 2012 Singapore ATP Challenger is being held at the Singapore Island Country Club at the Bukit Location for the first time. The tournament is played on Plexipave hard courts and the centre court seats 700 spectators. The are three covered courts in case of rain and four outdoor courts. The total prize money for the 2012 men’s ATP tournament is $50,000 US dollars.

This tournament runs from Saturday 25 February to Sunday 4 March. The singles qualifying event is being held on Saturday 25 February to Monday 27 February. The main draw singles event also begins on Monday 27 February through to the Men’s Singles Final day on Sunday 4 March.

The 2011 Singapore ATP Challenger men’s singles champion was the unseeded Dmitry TURSUNOV who defeated the No.5 seed Lukas ROSOL in the final 6-4, 6-2 to earn 90 ATP ranking points and $7,200 in prize money. The 29-year-old Tursunov is the current World No.49 after achieving a career-high ranking to date of No.20 on 2 October 2006. The 1.85m Russian has made the 3rd round at all four Grand Slam singles events with a career-best 4th round result at Wimbledon in both 2005 and in 2006.

Follow the Singapore ATP Challenger on Twitter the official handle is @sgATPchallenger. To “Like” the official Facebook paste: https://www.facebook.com/SingaporeATPChallenger into your address bar then click “Like” once you are there. Thank you and I’ll see YOU at the ATP Challenger tennis in Singapore!

This page was created to make it easier for YOU to find the information that YOU are looking for on OnCourt Advantage. All future 2012 Singapore ATP Challenger coverage will be continually updated on this directory page.

  1. Singapore 2012 Men’s Singles Draw
  2. Singapore 2012 Men’s Schedule of Play

OnCourt Advantage supplies all the details YOU need to make it easy to follow tennis, get your tennis tickets and watch men’s and women’s professional tennis on the WTA, ATP Tour and for each Grand Slam tournament all year round. 

Australian Open 2012 Giveaway

The winner of the 2012 Australian Open Giveaway held by OnCourt Advantage was judged by a third party who is lives in Melbourne, Australia. That third party is fellow Australian Open FANbassador Mel of Grand Slam Gal. Mel chose a winner based on creativity and/or originality plus a second and third place, just in case the winner cannot satisfy the condition of the giveaway.

The giveaway competition was a game of skill where YOU had to leave a comment of 100 words or less, saying what you like most about the Australian Open and why.

The winner is NEELA, 2nd place was awarded to Govind and 3rd place was awarded to Annie McC.

Neela can you please contact OnCourt Advantage ASAP to claim your prizes, that would be greatly appreciated thank you.

On Wednesday 11 January 2012 the Australian Open chose OnCourt Advantage to be what they call an Official Australian Open FAN-bassador!

“FAN-bassadors are chosen according to who provides the most useful analysis and commentary from different corners of the globe and who prove themselves by being particular active online and sharing a wealth of tennis knowledge.” FAN-bassadors ”represent the Australian Open brilliantly through their tweeting, other social networking activity and quality of the articles and content on their sites.

OnCourt Advantage supplies all the details YOU need to make it easy to follow tennis, get your tennis tickets and watch men’s and women’s professional tennis on the WTA, ATP Tour and for each Grand Slam tournament all year round. 

Australian Open Giveaway: Win a NEW tennis racquet + a FREE Tennis Lesson!

Australian Open Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic

…and the winner is??? You can find out who won by pressing this link-> Australian Open 2012 Giveaway.

The Australian Open is underway and you have tennis on your mind. Perhaps you are a seasoned tennis player needing a new tennis racquet and someone to play with? Or perhaps you have always enjoyed watching tennis but never felt confident enough to give it a go? Either way, there is no time like the present to get on court and start playing.

In association with HEAD tennis racquets and gear, OnCourt Advantage is giving YOU the chance to step on court with a free tennis lesson and a brand new tennis racquet.

The prize:

1 brand new HEAD tennis racquet from either:

  • The current Novak DJOKOVIC Speed Series (value: up to $409). Winners can select 1 racquet from within this range with their required grip size.
OR
AND
How to enter:

You must leave a comment on this blog post answering the following question:

In 100 words or less, tell me what you like most about the Australian Open and why?

Competition closes on January 31st, 2012. Winner will be contacted by email and must be available to collect the racquet in person in Singapore. Entries will be judged on creativity and/or originality by a third party.

The fine print:

1. The competition ends at 12 midnight (Singapore time) on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012.
2. To enter you must leave a comment on this blog post sharing what you like most about the Australian Open tennis Grand Slam and why.
3. Entry is limited to one comment per person. Competition is only open to Singapore residents and those living in Singapore.
4. Winner must be available to collect the tennis racquet in person from the Grand Hyatt Hotel by end of February 2012. Tennis Lesson must be completed by end of April 2012.
5. Please register a routinely checked email address in the email field of your entry.
6. The winners will be notified via email within 7 days of the competition closing.
7. Should the winner fail to make contact via return email within 72 hours of notification a new winner may be selected.
8. The winners’ contact details will be kept confidential and will not be passed onto any third parties. All email addresses will remain completely confidential.
9. Entries remain the property of OnCourt Advantage and may be republished.

On Wednesday 11 January 2012 the Australian Open chose OnCourt Advantage to be what they call an Official Australian Open FAN-bassador!

“FAN-bassadors are chosen according to who provides the most useful analysis and commentary from different corners of the globe and who prove themselves by being particular active online and sharing a wealth of tennis knowledge.” FAN-bassadors ”represent the Australian Open brilliantly through their tweeting, other social networking activity and quality of the articles and content on their sites.

OnCourt Advantage supplies all the details YOU need to make it easy to follow tennis, get your tennis tickets and watch men’s and women’s professional tennis on the WTA, ATP Tour and for each Grand Slam tournament all year round.