Challenge of Champions

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The Challenge of Champions is formerly one of the richest prize money tennis events in the world. It was usually held before the Masters and featured the top mens players in the world according to their ranking on the ATP pole. In 1985, the Challenge of Champions became a major player in professional tennis when 28 year old Mark Myden, the youngest producer in professional tennis history, introduced AT&T, VISA, Cadillac, Fila Sportswear, DeBeers Diamonds, and NBC to the International Challenge. The event was wound down following the 1989 Challenge.

Past winners and runners-up[edit]

Year
Dates
Venue
Prize Money
Champion
Runner-up
Score in final
Surface
1989 Apr 26-30 Atlanta
$500,000
United States Andre Agassi United States Michael Chang 6–3, 6–2 Green Clay
1988 Apr 28-May 1 Atlanta
$500,000
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl Sweden Stefan Edberg 2–6, 6–1, 6–3 Green Clay
1987 Oct 6-11 Atlanta
$500,000
United States John McEnroe United States Paul Annacone 6–4, 7–5 Indoor Carpet
1986 *Nov 25-30 1986 Atlanta
$500,000
Germany Boris Becker United States John McEnroe 3–6, 6–3, 7–5 Indoor Carpet
1985 Jan 6-12 1986 Atlanta
$500,000
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl United States Jimmy Connors 6–2, 6–3 Indoor Carpet
1984 Jan 1-6 1985 Las Vegas
$1,290,000
United States John McEnroe Argentina Guillermo Vilas 7–5, 6–0 Indoor Carpet
1983 Jan 3-8 1984 Chicago
$250,000
United States Jimmy Connors Ecuador Andrés Gómez 6–3, 6–2, 6–1 Indoor Carpet
1982 Jan 4-9 1983 Chicago
$250,000
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl United States Jimmy Connors 4–6, 6–4, 7–5, 6–4 Indoor Carpet
1981 Jan 6-11 1982 Chicago
$310,000
United States Jimmy Connors United States John McEnroe 6–7, 7–5, 6–7, 7–5, 6–4 Indoor Carpet
1980 Jan 7-12 1981 Chicago
$310,000
United States John McEnroe United States Jimmy Connors 6–2, 6–4, 6–1 Indoor Carpet
  • Held twice during the 1986 calendar year like the Nabisco Masters

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