$100k Challenger

Bay Club SF Tennis | February 6 – 12, 2017

Annual Tournament in memory of Kunal Patel

The 2017 KPSF Open

Starting in 2017, the tournament was invited to join the ATP Challenger Tour as a $100,000 event. With an international field of players inside the top 100 rankings, it truly was a world class tournament. With a 32-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw, the intimate atmosphere made it ideal for fans to get close to their favorite players and to share in a unique tennis experience.

Results

Singles Champion Ze Zhang (left) and Finalist Vasek Pospisil (right).


  • Men's Open Singles

    Best 2 out of 3 tiebreak sets, regular scoring

  • $14,400 Prize

    Ze Zhang

    Singles Champion
  • $8,480 Prize

    Vasek Pospisil

    Singles Finalist
  • $5,020 Each

    Henri Laaksonen, Michael Mmoh

    Singles Semifinalists
  • $2,920 Each

    Tatsuma Ito, Denis Kudla, Eric Quigley, Frances Tiafoe

    Singles Quarterfinalists
  • Men's Open Doubles

    Best 2 out of 3 tiebreak sets with a 10-point match tiebreak in lieu of a third set, no-ad scoring

  • $3,100 Each

    Matt Reid

    John-Patrick Smith

    Doubles Champions
  • $1,800 Each

    Mao-Xin Gong

    Ze Zhang

    Doubles Finalists
  • $1,080 Each

    Alex Lawson, Hunter Reese, Sekou Bangoura, Christopher Rungkat

    Doubles Semifinalists

Photos

About the Tournament

In 1978, a circuit of eighteen $25,000 tournaments was formed in North America, sponsored by the American Express Company. From this circuit, the concept of a stepping stone to the Grand Prix circuit (as it was known at that time) was born. Today, the ATP Challenger calendar has grown into a worldwide circuit of approximately one hundred and fifty tournaments in more than forty countries. Major increases in prize money at ATP World Tour tournaments over the years means the need to have an expansive, medium-range circuit of tournaments remains vitally important. Younger, up-and coming players gain valuable experience through playing on the ATP Challenger Tour, which serves them well when they arrive at the ATP World Tour level.

Singles Champion Victor Pham

2016 Singles Champion Victor Pham

Stay tuned for more information about the 2018 KPSF Open!

Location

Located in the heart of San Francisco, Bay Club SF Tennis is the West Coast’s largest indoor tennis facility, housing twelve indoor courts and an additional twelve rooftop courts. For ease of viewing, a balcony-style railing overlooks the four front courts, along with window seating in the cafe. During the tournament, a 500 seat stadium is constructed. In addition to tennis courts, the club offers separate weight and cardio rooms, locker rooms with steam rooms and saunas, a full restaurant and bar, and a two-story parking garage.


Bay Club SF Tennis Center
645 5th Street,
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 777 - 9000
Google Map of 645 5th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Bay Club SF Tennis Center Features

  • 12 Indoor climate controlled hard courts
  • 12 Rooftop outdoor hard courts
  • State-of-the-art fitness space
  • Men’s & Women’s Locker Rooms
  • Whirlpool
  • Steam Rooms
  • Dry Saunas
  • Fully Stocked Vanities

Special thanks to the officials at Bay Club helping us to manage the event

  • James Lent – General Manager
  • Ross Wisser – Director of Tennis
  • Weston Reese – Director of Tennis

Tournament History

The Kunal Patel SF (KPSF) Open was conceived by Mukesh, Harsha, and Monique Patel, parents, and sister of Kunal Patel, in honor of his love for life and passion for tennis. Kunal’s exuberant life was tragically cut short on October 23, 2014 at the age of 27. Only a week later, Kunal was to depart for London with his friends to watch the ATP World Tour Finals.

It is in memory of Kunal’s love for the game, and his passion for the sport as a fan, that his family has established the Kunal Patel SF Open, the first ever tournament of its kind in San Francisco.

About Kunal

Portrait Photograph of Kunal Patel

Kunal Patel was an extraordinary human being, whose energy, enthusiasm, and zest for life knew no bounds. He was a traveller, adventurer, sports enthusiast, and a gifted athlete. He loved to hike, bike (he had completed the Escape from Alcatraz and the New York Triathlon), and above all, play tennis.

Kunal first lifted a tennis racket when he was nine years old and immediately fell in love with the sound of the ball whacking against the tennis racket, and the thrill of facing down an opponent (his Dad). Kunal loved to play tennis on weekends with his family and competed at the club level in San Francisco, where he lived and worked on establishing a career. Kunal an avid tennis player and a dedicated sports fan who was fascinated by the way in which sports tested a player’s athleticism, competitive drive, and spirit. Kunal’s passion for tennis took him around the world to attend live tournaments.

Kunal’s exuberant life was tragically cut short on October 23, 2014 at the age of 27. Only a week later, Kunal was to depart for London with his friends to watch the ATP World Tour Finals. It is in memory of Kunal’s love for the game, and his passion for the sport as a fan, that his family: Mukesh, Harsha, and Monique Patel, have established the Kunal Patel SF Open, the first ever tournament of its kind in San Francisco.

Tournament Founders

Portrait of Mukesh Patel

Mukesh Patel

Mukesh is a serial entrepreneur and an investor in IT industry based in San Francisco Silicon Valley. He is active in helping startups and funded numerous charity organizations. He enjoys photography, golf, tennis and family travels.

Portrait of Derrik Hirschfeld

Derrik Hirschfeld

Derrik works financing construction projects throughout the west coast. He picked up tennis about 10 yrs ago and has been on the tennis courts a few days a week ever since. When he's not working or playing tennis, he can usually be found hanging out with his wife and daughter in the city.

Portrait of Vikram Viswanathan

Vikram Viswanathan

Vikram thinks he should have played tennis for a living (his wife is thankful he still has a day job). Some of his fondest tennis memories are of playing “epic” 5 setters with Kunal on Sunday afternoons. Vikram works in tech and can be spotted biking around the city between work, tennis and home.