The past winners include 2012 winner Go Soeda of Japan, 2013 and 2014 winner Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan, and last year’s winner Chung Hyeon of South Korea, OEC Sports said.
What's also notable about this year's player lineup is that five Rio tennis Olympians will compete in this year’s event, including Lu, Israel’s top player Dudi Sela, Yuichi Sugita of Japan, John Millman and Jordan Thompson of Australia.
Admission of the tournament is free, requiring only uniform invoices, which the organizers will donate to charities.
The ATP Challenger Tour is divided into six categories according to purse. In the past, the the highest level in the tour Taiwan ever hosted was the US$50,000 category, but this year's OEC Kaohsiung ATP Challenger is the highest level in the Challenger Tour with a purse of US$125,000, OEC Sports said.
The winner of a US$125,000 event will earn 125 ATP ranking points, more than the 90 points a player gets from playing in the round of 32 of a major. The tournament, which boasts a strong field and the largest purse in Taiwan’s professional tennis history, will bring Taiwan’s tennis to an international level, the organizer said.
The tournament will feature a 32-player draw and will be staged at the Yang-Ming Tennis Center, which boasts a 5,000-seat center court, a 650-seat additional stadium, as well as 10 additional courts on site.