Today we found out 7 participants of 5th Challenger Tour Finals that will be played in Sao Paulo in last week of November. Just like in 2014, it will be organized in Esporte Clube Pinheiros, on Indoor clay. 8 players will be divided in two groups, as two players from each group will advance to semi-finals.
Diego Schwartzman is the most recent champion, having won the title and 110 points last year. Now we only need to wait for the name of 8th player, who will get WC, and that will problably be Joao Souza, Andre Ghem or Guilherme Clezar, who reached the final last year also after getting invitation.
Let's see who will play for prestige crown of Challenger Tour, and what they achieved in tournaments of this rank in 2015 : * Daniel Munoz-De La Nava (Spain, 1982, ranked 85th) : Experienced Spaniard who spent most of his career on Challenger Tour (mostly on clay of course), taking 4 titles out of 14 finals.
He played 19 tournaments in 2015, with a lot of success as this was his best year in career in which he entered Top 100 for the first time. Daniel made 6 finals, lifting 3 titles and will for sure do his best in Brazil, trying to finish season with as much points as possible.
* Inigo Cervantes (Spain, 1989, ranked 105th) : Another Spaniard will travel to Brazil, and also after his greatest season so far (few poins away from Top 100 place). Out of his 8 Challenger finals, 4 came in 2015 and he celebrated in 3 of them (Ostrava, Vicenza, Marburg).
* Paolo Lorenzi (Italy, 1981, ranked 66th) : Lorenzi is one of Challenger Tour legends, with 16 titles out of 29 finals, and 335 wins (mostly on clay). He played great in 2015 finals, winning 4 out of 5 (defeated last week in final of Bogota).
Back in May, he won his first Challenger title outside clay, in Turkish Eskisehir, played on hard, and he will be oldest player in Tour Finals. * Farrukh Dustov (Uzbekistan, 1986, ranked 150th) : Hard-hitting Uzbek cracked Top 100 for few weeks in February, and he played 18 Challengers in 2015, winning 2 titles.
The problem is he plays best on hard, especially Indoor, and he lost all 5 matches on clay this season. Out of his 15 Challenger finals, 5 came on clay (one Indoor in St. Brieuc) but he won only 1 title. Instead of going to Brazil he could stay in Italy, where he lives, and play in Andria on super fast Indoor hard, but he couldn't miss the chance to fight for big prize money of Tour Finals.
* Radu Albot (Moldova, 1989, ranked 120th) : Moldovan Albot also had best season in career in 2015, reaching Top 100 in August. He won 34 Challenger matches so far this year, hoisting one title (Kolkata, India) out of 4 finals.
Both his Challenger titles came on hard, but he is evenly good on clay and will look at least to make semi-finals in Brazil. * Marco Cecchinato (Italy, 1992, ranked 89th) : Marco had a breakthrough season, entering Top 100 for the first time in July entirely thanks to points from Challengers.
In 2015, he won 44 Challenger matches (half of his career victories) after reaching 12 semi-finals and title in Turin. He mostly played in home tournaments, achieving very constant results - 11 semis out of 12 events. At the moment, he is the youngest participant of Tour Finals, with good chances to fight even for the title, as he possess very quality and attractive game for clay, including one-handed backhand.
* Guido Pella (Argentina, 1990, ranked 73rd) : Pella is the only South American player confirmed so far, but another home player will join him thanks to a wild-card. He won this title in 2012, after amazing matches with Bellucci and two times against Ungur, in group and in final.
That was one of his two titles outside clay, but dirt is by far his greatest surface. At the age of only 25, he already won 9 Challenger titles, 3 in 2015 (San Luis Potosi, Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre), and there's plenty more in front of him, because he obviously can't do more on higher ATP Tour.
As we saw, he likes to play in Brazil and will do his best to become first player with multiple Challenger Tour Finals titles. ALSO READ: Roundup of this week´s finals results in Challengers: Maiden crown for 3 players