Arizona Tennis Classic 2019April 1, 2019
Pinnacle Aviation was proud to support the inaugural Arizona Tennis Classic, played March 11 – 17, 2019 at the Phoenix Country Club as part of the ATP 125 Challenger Tour. The tournament is positioned on the calendar between the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, and the Miami Open, allowing for an exceptionally strong player field.
“We’re so proud to be bringing this level of competitive tennis to the Valley,” says Phoenix-native and former ATP Tour pro Jonathan Levine, who is also the founder and lead organizer of the event.
While the weather was unexpectedly cold and rainy early in the week, by Wednesday it warmed up perfectly and the event had beautiful sunny Arizona sunshine for the weekend matches.
Led by World No. 21 David Goffin, the stacked draw featured a total of five Top 50 players and 17 in the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings - the matches were highly competitive and entertaining.
Matteo Berrettini (ranked 57) and Mikhail Kukushkin (ranked 43) played the most dramatic match of the event, battling for two hours and 50 minutes in Sunday's final. It was the Berrettini prevailing in the end, ousting Kukushkin 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(2) after saving one match point in the second set. By lifting his third ATP Challenger trophy, Berrettini earned $21,600 in prize money as well as 125 ATP Ranking points.
Earlier in the day, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski took the doubles crown as they fought past Austin Krajicek from the United States and Artem Sitak of New Zealand 6-7(2), 7-5, 10-6. The double final lasted one hour and 45 minutes.
The Arizona Tennis Classic is a not-for-profit event and raised $25,000 to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
We are looking forward to the event returning to Phoenix in March 2020.
Congratulations to everyone associated with Arizona Tennis Classic and Singles Champion Matteo Berrettini!
Arizona Tennis Classic Founder & organizer, Jonathan Levine being interviewed courtside.
Pictured above left to right:
Steve Schnall from Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Matteo Berrettini, Champion and Jonathan Levine, event founder.