September 20-26, 2023

Stellar field confirms the return of world-class tennis to China in Zhuhai

author :Courtney Walsh
time :2023-08-24 10:42
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A quality field headlined by grand slam champions Andy Murray and Daniil Medvedev ensures the world will be watching Zhuhai when the stars return to China in September.


The Scottish superstar and Russian champion, who have both been ranked No.1, lead a star cast of elite players entered in the Zhuhai Championships beginning on September 20.


Adding further lustre to a tournament that welcomes world-class tennis back to China after a hiatus are grand slam semi-finalists Karen Khachanov, Cameron Norrie and Aslan Karatsev.


The excitement surrounding the opportunity to visit Zhuhai and compete at the exceptional Hengqin International Tennis Center has proven a lure for several outstanding players.


Borna Coric, a former Cincinnati Masters champion, and highly-talented American Sebastian Korda are among the strong crop of entrants who have performed with distinction in 2023.


Powerful Argentinian Tomas Martin Etcheverry is in the infancy of his ATP Tour career and highlighted his potential with an impressive run to the Roland Garros quarterfinals in June.


Dutch No.1 Tallon Griekspoor is enjoying the best season of his career, claiming ATP Tour titles in India and the Netherlands while also reaching a final in Washington last month.


German Jan-Lennard Struff has reached the finals of the Madrid Masters and Stuttgart Open in 2023.


Americans Mackenzie McDonald and J.J. Wolf, Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego and Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka are among the 13 top 50-ranked players who will compete in Zhuhai.


In a boost for local fans, former junior world No.1 Juncheng Shang has entered the Zhuhai Championships.


The 18-year-old won his first grand slam match at the Australian Open in January and has shown substantial potential on the ATP Tour this season.


Zhuhai Championships tournament director Leon Sun is delighted with the high calibre of the entrants and said it was a tick of approval for both the event and the city.


“We are excited to welcome so many of the world’s best players to Zhuhai for the return of the tournament,” Mr Sun said.


“The Zhuhai Championships provides our fans from the Greater Bay Area the opportunity to see these players live, and for the players, the chance for them to experience the beautiful city of Zhuhai.”


The pleasing depth of the field is testament to how popular the inaugural staging of the Zhuhai Championships in 2019 proved among players including Andy Murray.


The three-time grand slam champion declared earlier this year that he could not wait to return to Zhuhai, which he described as “a beautiful city with great fans”.


Medvedev, a US Open champion who has won five ATP Tour titles in 2023 including the Miami and Italian Opens at Masters level, has heard great things about Zhuhai.


“I can't wait to see the city and the stadium, both of which I have heard a lot of good things about,” he said.


“It will be great to play again in front of the Chinese fans again after three years away.”


Zhuhai is one of 11 major Chinese cities in the Greater Bay Area, a region home to more than 71 million people. It is considered an ideal host for a quality ATP Tour 250 tournament.


In an innovative move expected to make it easier for fans to attend the tournament, the main draw for the Zhuhai Championships will begin on Wednesday, September 20.


The Zhuhai Championships final will be held at night on Tuesday, September 26.


The fan-friendly move will allow spectators who are attending on the weekend to watch more live tennis with second round and quarter-final matches scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.


It also opens the opportunity to draw a significant attendance in Zhuhai and broader television audiences globally for the semi-finals and finals held on September 25 and 26.


Further wildcards into the Zhuhai Championships will be announced over the next month.


For further information on ticketing or details about the tournament, please visit www.zhuhaichampionships.cn


For further media information, please email: Peter Johnston at peter@peterjohnstonsports.com or zhuhaichampionshipsmedia@outlook.com