Calgary National Bank Challenger

Calgary National Bank Challenger (Photo credit: OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre)
Calgary National Bank Challenger (Photo credit: OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre)
Discover ATP's Rising Stars

Calgary National Bank Challenger

It’s game-on at Alberta’s largest professional tennis tournament

Witness high-speed hustle and heart-pounding action at the inaugural Calgary National Bank Challenger – running from October 13-21, 2018. Hosted at the state-of-the-art OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre, the international men’s singles and doubles indoor tournament welcomes the world’s top 50-250 players competing for ATP (Association of Tennis Professional) rankings.

With total prizing valued at $75,000 USD, you can expect big names and intense games. Milos Raonic, Eugenie Bouchard and Denis Shapovalov are just a few of the Canadian favourites who’ve played in past Challenger events. There’s also a lot to love off-the-court, including a free family-weekend with Sport Calgary. 

From Pro-Am matches, to a doubles clinic with a Canadian Olympic gold medalist, here are the top tips you need to ace Western Canada’s largest indoor tennis tournament. 

Olympic gold medalist Daniel Nestor (Photo credit: OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre)

Meet and Play with the Pros

Olympic gold medalist Daniel Nestor is the Honorary Tournament Director overseeing the event. Credited with changing the face of tennis in Canada, the national sports-hero holds 12 Grand-Slam winner titles and 91 doubles titles and has won more than 1000 matches during his impressive 30-year career. A special tribute, to commemorate Daniel Nestor’s contribution to Canadian sports, is planned for October 19th.

Tennis fans can also secure their chance to swing with the stars by purchasing tickets to play in the National Pro-Am event on October 14, or Nestor’s doubles clinic on October 17.

Junior player (Photo credit: OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre)

Family Friendly Activities and Events

Bring your little champions to the tournament for free on opening weekend (October 13-14). Kids will have the chance to meet Olympians, local celebrities and of course rising tennis stars. Sport Calgary instructors will also be present and demonstrating a variety of sports for families to try.

Another important date to mark on the calendar is October 18, for KidSport Calgary Day, presented by Sportsnet Fan 960. A portion of the purchased ticket sales for this day will help pay sport registration fees for families in need. The bonus? Free tennis clinics for adults and juniors.

Hospitality Lounge Rendering (Photo credit: OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre)

Tournament Food and Beverage

Thirsty fans can take a break between matches in the beer garden located beside court three. Chat about all the tournament highlights, while sipping on frosty, craft brews made from quality, local ingredients from Alberta’s very own Wild Rose Brewery.

Looking to elevate the experience? Book a corporate box for VIP treatment, including exclusive access to the hospitality lounge sponsored by Concorde Group. With the mastermind behind 19 of Calgary’s top establishments – like National, Anju, Model Milk and Bridgette Bar – serving the food, it’s sure to be the tournament’s hottest spot off-the-court.

Calgary National Bank Challenger (Photo credit: OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre)

All You Need to Know About Tournament Tickets

Admission to the tournament ranges from free, on the opening family weekend, to just $30 to attend the finals on Sunday October 21st. Weekly and multi-day passes are also available.

A valid ticket is required to enter the OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre – even if you’re attending on one of the free-admission days. To obtain your tickets, visit www.showpass.com. It’s expected that the free opening weekend seats will quickly, so reserve yours as soon as possible.

Also, as tournament seating is general admission, it’s best to arrive early to nab your court-side seats. For a complete list of events and activities, including details on the highly anticipated Battle of Alberta – when the University of Calgary Men’s team and the University of Alberta take to the courts – visit the tournament website.