ASTANA – The capital of Kazakhstan will host its first Tour 500 tournament of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) from October 9 to 10, with the presence of five of the best tennis players in the world, the press service of the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation reported.
The ATP Tour 500 represents the fourth highest level of the annual men’s tennis tournament after the Grand Slams, ATP Finals and ATP Masters 1000.
The event is relatively new, having been hosted twice as part of the ATP Tour. According to the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation, a strong lineup of players is expected, including the top 10 in the world.
The seed, Carlos Alcaraz, followed by Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Hubert Hurkach, Andrey Rublev, Yannick Sinner, Diego Schwartzman, Roberto Bautista Agut, Grigor Dimitrov, Gael Monfils, the Grand Slam winners Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka will compete for the trophy on the indoor hard courts. The total prize pool is US$1.9 million.
Alexander Bublik, Mikhail Kukushkin, Andrey Golubev and Alexander Nedovesov in doubles will represent Kazakhstan at the prestigious tournament.
After two successful editions in 2020 and 2021, the Astana Open became a permanent member of the ATP Tour this season. In 2022, it will be held as an ATP 500 event alongside the Rakuten Open in Tokyo.