Jakarta. The 2017 TEZ Tennis Open is set to kick off in Jakarta next week with participants from 19 countries competing for $50,000 in prize money in men's singles and doubles events.
The international competition, sponsored by corporate financial advisory firm TEZ Capital and Finance, is expected to attract hundreds of players, including world number 205 Lee Duck-hee of South Korea as the top seed, followed by world number 240 Daniel Altmaier of Germany as the second seed and world number 318 Chen Ti of Taiwan as the third seed.
The main event, involving 32 players, will commence on Monday (20/11) and end on Dec. 2. Matches will take place at the tennis courts of Sultan Hotel in Central Jakarta.
As tournament host, Indonesia will field talented 27-year-old Christoper Rungkat, who will play in the main event without having to face the qualification stage, which started on Friday.
"Another Indonesian player is 17-year-old Justin Barki, who along with Rungkat, I believe will come up with some surprises," Susan Soebakti, head of tournaments and events at the Indonesian Tennis Association (Pelti), said during a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.
"We expect the Indonesian tennis players to do well at this tournament level," she added.
The event is also seen as a tryout for athletes before the 2018 Asian Games.
"This tournament will be good for Indonesian players before playing in next year's Asian Games, it's also good for Indonesia's tennis development," Pelti chairman Wibowo Wirjawan said meanwhile.
Players from the United States, Australia, India, Italy, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia are also expected to participate in the tournament.