Tennis Canada announced Monday that the third edition of the Gatineau National Bank Challenger will be a mixed tournament in 2016. The women’s event will continue to offer $25,000 in prize money while a new $75,000 men’s ATP Challenger will be added. The Gatineau National Bank Challenger will be held from August 6-14, 2016.
“This is an important day for the Gatineau Challenger. The addition of a men’s event will allow fans in the region to watch some of tennis’ rising stars on both tours,” said Tournament Director Richard Quirion. “Most importantly, our Canadian players have a new opportunity to earn valuable ranking points. With the Granby and Gatineau Challengers played back-to-back, players have even more reason to come to Quebec to play both tournaments.”
With this announcement, fans can expect ATP players ranked near the Top 100 will come to Gatineau next summer. While the dates have be confirmed, a site visit is still required to determine whether Parc de l’Île will host the event.
The Gatineau National Bank Challenger will not be the only professional tennis tournament in the region. The ninth edition of the $25,000 Gatineau Futures will be held from February 27 to March 6, 2016 at Sporthèque.
The city of Gatineau will also host the U16 Rogers Outdoor Junior Nationals for a second consecutive year from August 21-26, 2016. More than 80 athletes from across Canada will compete for the title of national champion.