The Dallas Tennis Classic event has the good fortune of being in the second week of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells - and just before the Sony Ericcson Open in Miami. With most of the top players in the game playing both events, the Dallas Tennis Classic has attracted several top players for its field.
Players losing early in Indian Wells often end up playing this event in order to get some match fitness and wins before heading to Miami. This year's event, only the second edition, will feature nine players ranked in the top 50, including four in the top 30.
The players who have entered include world no. 11 Marin Cilic, world No. 19 Tommy Haas, Spain's Feliciano Lopez and young American Ryan Harrison, who is struggling. Usually ATP Challenger events are not allowed to sign up players ranked in the 11-50 range but the Dallas event is an exception to this.
And it is also allowed to offer wild cards to players in the top 10. The tournaments boasts a prize money of $125,000 - the highest on the ATP Challenger circuit.