The inaugural women’s event to be hosted in conjunction with the Men’s Challenger event this November

The organizers of the Calgary National Bank Challenger announced today that this upcoming event will now be a combined men’s and women’s professional event. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tennis Tour Pro Circuit Women’s $25K event will feature many of the best up-and-coming female players in the world and from across Canada.

Taking place from November 6 to 13, 2022 at the OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre (ATC), the Challenger will now become an ATP Men’s Challenger 80 event and a Women’s ITF $25,000 event. The Challenger will also become the only combined professional indoor tennis tournament in Canada.

“We are excited to have a combined men’s and women’s pro event in Calgary. Hosting a women’s event in Calgary is an important step towards providing more opportunities for females in the sport of tennis and supporting ATC’s diversity and inclusion strategy,” said Danny Da Costa, Tournament Director, Calgary National Bank Challenger, and CEO of the ATC.

The addition of the women’s event was made possible by a generous donation from Calgarian, Robert Rivard and his family. Rivard is a keen tennis player and supporter of the Alberta Tennis Community. He is a retired lawyer, as well as an ATC member and Director.

“The Women’s ITF event will create great opportunities for young women to be inspired by the females playing in our event. It is our hope that the Challenger will translate into more girls playing and enjoying the sport of tennis,” said Rivard.

ATC’s priority is to deliver world-class tennis events to Calgary. The addition of the Women’s Pro Circuit event will further enhance and elevate the Calgary National Bank Challenger this November.

Ticket prices will start at $15.00 per day and they will go on sale beginning Monday, April 4, 2022. To purchase tickets visit: http://calgary.nationalbankchallenger.com/ or https://calgary.nationalbankchallenger.com/tickets/.