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.
Singles Champion Ze Zhang (left) and Finalist Vasek Pospisil (right).
Best 2 out of 3 tiebreak sets, regular scoring
Best 2 out of 3 tiebreak sets with a 10-point match tiebreak in lieu of a third set, no-ad scoring
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.
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 Features
Special thanks to the officials at Bay Club helping us to manage the event
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.