Tallahassee Tennis Challenger History
Presented by Visit Tallahassee
April 19 – April 25, 2021
ATP Challenger 80
The 21st Tallahassee Tennis Challenger will take place April 19 through April 25 at the City of Tallahassee’s beautiful Forestmeadows Tennis Complex. This site has been host to Satellites, Futures, and the last 15 Challenger events. The first USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Tallahassee took place in 2000 and has grown steadily every year. When schedules permit, players want to be in Tallahassee. Our site has been a testing ground for the USTA and serves as a model for USTA Pro Circuit Challengers all over the country.
2021 will be the seventh year that the tournament will be played on a clay court surface. This year, for the first time, all the main draw matches will be on hydrocourts thanks to the City of Tallahassee’s upgrade of 5 clay courts to hydrocourts.
Live Web-Streaming of the 2021 Tallahassee Challenger matches will again be available. This means fans of tennis all over the world will be able to watch their favorite players’ matches live from their computers, mobile phones, iPads, etc. All for free! This will be especially important this year since no spectators will be allowed on the grounds due to the strict COVID-19 protocols necessary to have this kind of event safely.
The Tallahassee Tennis Challenger partners with the City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation, the United States Tennis Association and the Association of Tennis Professionals in order to bring the tournament to you.
Proceeds from the tournament continue to benefit the Vogter Neuro-ICU. In 2019 the new state of the art Vogter Neuro Intensive Care Unit opened in the Mustian Surgery Center of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. This unit cares for patients of all ages who suffer neurological trauma (such as head injuries, strokes), require surgical intervention for life-threatening illnesses (brain tumors, aneurysms), and many other types of patients too numerous to name. In 2020 there was no tournament due to COVID 19 but many sponsors chose to donate all of part of their sponsorship dollars to the D. Mark Vogter Memorial Endowment making the total contribution to the corpus of the Endowment over $944,000 for the last 22 years.
A new fund was created in 2010—the Maria Yealdhall Challenger Tennis Fund was established with the Tallahassee Friends of Our Parks Foundation, the fund-raising arm of the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department. All monies collected from ticket sales are donated to this endowment each year and are used to assist in tennis related projects and programs throughout the city. Shade structures at Winthrop Park and at Tom Brown Park as well as an several awnings at Forestmeadows are some of the improvements made with these funds.
A tournament of this size could not happen without committed volunteers who work every year. From ball kids/babes & dudes, who stand on the court for hours, to the food-Moms and hostesses, drivers, desk volunteers and organizers, thousands of hours are donated to make this tournament run smoothly. And we are always looking for a few more!! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer before, during or immediately following the tournament please contact Karen Vogter, Tournament Director, at KVogter@tallahasseechallenger.com