1979 ATP Challenger Series

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The ATP Challenger Series is the second tier tour for professional tennis organised by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). The 1979 ATP Challenger Series calendar comprises 22 tournaments, with prize money ranging from $25,000 up to $40,000.[1]

Schedule[edit]

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
April 2
No tournaments scheduled.
April 9
No tournaments scheduled.
April 16
No tournaments scheduled.
April 23
No tournaments scheduled.
April 30 Indian River Challenger
Indian River, United States
Regular series
$25,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Billy Martin
6-2, 6-0
United States Rick Fagel New Zealand Chris Lewis
United States George Hardie
Australia David Carter
Australia Noel Phillips
United States John Sadri
United States Van Winitsky
South Africa Kevin Curren
United States Steve Denton
6-4, 7-5
South Africa Pat Cramer
Australia Cliff Letcher
Nagoya Challenger
Nagoya, Japan
Regular series
$40,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia Rod Frawley
2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Mexico Marcello Lara Australia Chris Kachel
Japan Tsuyoshi Fukui
Japan Shigeyuki Nishio
United States Joel Bailey
Australia Charlie Fancutt
New Zealand Onny Parun
United States Joel Bailey
Australia Rod Frawley
7-6, 7-5
Australia Chris Kachel
Mexico Marcello Lara
Parioli Challenger
Parioli, Italy
Regular series
$25,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
France Dominique Bedel
6-4, 7-5
Italy Corrado Barazzutti Argentina Fernando Dalla-Fontana
Australia Kim Warwick
France Bernard Fritz
Australia Phil Dent
Argentina Ricardo Cano
Uruguay José Luis Damiani
Australia Dick Crealy
Australia Phil Dent
6-3, 3-6, 7-6
Australia Syd Ball
Australia Kim Warwick

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
May 7 Cuneo Challenger
Cuneo, Italy
Regular series
$25,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Spain Fernando Luna
6-2, 6-2, 6-0
France Christophe Freyss France Christophe Roger-Vasselin
Italy Antonio Zugarelli
Argentina Carlos Gattiker
Uruguay José Luis Damiani
France Dominique Bedel
France Bernard Fritz
Chile Alejandro Pierola
Chile Belus Prajoux
6-4, 7-6
France Dominique Bedel
France Christophe Freyss
Raleigh Challenger
Raleigh, United States
Regular series
$25,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States John Sadri
6-7, 6-2, 7-5
United States Charles Owens New Zealand Chris Lewis
Colombia Iván Molina
United States Michael Grant
United States Trey Waltke
Spain Gabriel Urpi
United States Howard Schoenfield
United States John Austin
United States Billy Martin
6-2, 7-5
New Zealand Chris Lewis
Australia Cliff Letcher
May 14
No tournaments scheduled.
May 21
No tournaments scheduled.
May 28
No tournaments scheduled.

June[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
June 4 Galatina Challenger
Galatina, Italy
Regular series
$25,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Spain Miguel Mir
6-1, 7-6
Chile Alejandro Pierola France Christophe Casa
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
New Zealand Onny Parun
Italy Massimo Di Domenico
Spain Javier Soler
Australia Ernie Ewert
Australia Ernie Ewert
Australia Cliff Letcher
6-2, 6-2
Argentina Gustavo Guerrero
Chile Alejandro Pierola
Zell am See Challenger
Zell am See, Austria
Regular series
$25,000 – Clay – 16S/8D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Brazil Carlos Kirmayr
6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
Uruguay José Luis Damiani West Germany Karl Meiler
Australia Kim Warwick
Australia Paul Kronk
Argentina Ricardo Cano
United States Billy Martin
South Africa Deon Joubert
Australia Paul Kronk
Australia Peter McNamara
2-6, 6-0, 6-3
Australia David Carter
United States Billy Martin
June 11 Montgomery Challenger
Montgomery, United States
Regular series
$25,000 – Hard – 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Trey Waltke
6-2, 4-6, 7-5
United States Vincent Van Patten United States Mike Machette
United States Charles Owens
India Sashi Menon
United States Tom Leonard
United States Christopher Lewis
United States Keith Richardson
United States Eric Friedler
United States Erik van Dillen
4-6, 6-3, 7-6
United States Tom Leonard
United States Jerry Van Linge
June 18 Green Bay Challenger
Green Bay, United States
Regular series
$25,000 – Hard – 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Vincent Van Patten
6-4, 6-0
United States Fred McNair Australia Rod Frawley
United States Peter Rennert
United States Erik van Dillen
United States Tom Leonard
United States Steve Denton
United States Jerry Van Linge
India Sashi Menon
South Africa Robert Trogolo
7-5, 6-4
United States Tom Leonard
United States Jerry Van Linge
June 25 Concord Challenger
Concord, United States
Regular series
$25,000 – Hard – 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Erik van Dillen
6-7, 6-2, 6-3
United States Howard Schoenfield Australia Warren Maher
United States Bruce Kleege
United States Fred McNair
United States Michael Grant
United States Vincent Van Patten
New Zealand Russell Simpson
India Sashi Menon
South Africa Robert Trogolo
7-6(9-7), 6-4
United States Christopher Lewis
United States Bruce Nichols

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
July 2 San Diego Challenger
San Diego, United States
Regular series
$25,000 – Hard – 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Trey Waltke
4-6, 6-4, 6-0
United States Matt Mitchell Australia Rod Frawley
New Zealand Russell Simpson
United States Erik van Dillen
South Africa Byron Bertram
South Africa Robert Trogolo
United States Gene Stuart Malin
India Sashi Menon
South Africa Robert Trogolo
7-6, 6-1
Australia Rod Frawley
New Zealand Russell Simpson
July 9
No tournaments scheduled.
July 16
No tournaments scheduled.
July 23 Porto Alegre Challenger
Porto Alegre, Brazil
Regular series
$25,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Chile Belus Prajoux
6-2, 6-4
Peru Fernando Maynetto Argentina Carlos Gattiker
Brazil João Soares
Bolivia Ramiro Benavides
Argentina Jorge Todero
Finland Leo Palin
Brazil Cássio Motta
Brazil Marcos Hocevar
Brazil João Soares
6-1, 6-0
Argentina Lito Álvarez
Chile Álvaro Fillol
July 30 Salvador Challenger
Salvador, Brazil
Regular series
$25,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Brazil Carlos Kirmayr
6-1, 7-5
Brazil Júlio Góes Finland Leo Palin
Chile Álvaro Fillol
United States Mark Turpin
Uruguay Hugo Roverano
Brazil Thomaz Koch
United States Charles Owens
Chile Álvaro Fillol
Netherlands Rolf Thung
6-7, 6-4, 7-6
United States Tony Graham
United States Christopher Sylvan

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
August 6 Ribeirão Preto Challenger
Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
Regular series
$25,000 – Hard – 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Argentina Carlos Gattiker
6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Brazil Carlos Kirmayr United States Tony Graham
Argentina Hugo Varela
Brazil Noel Freitas
Sweden Jan Kallquist
Bolivia Mario Martinez
Brazil Thomaz Koch
Brazil Ney Keller
Brazil Cássio Motta
4-6, 7-6, 7-5
Brazil Thomaz Koch
Chile Belus Prajoux
Biarritz Challenger
Biarritz, France
Regular series
$25,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
France Éric Deblicker
6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 2-6, 8-6
Sweden Kjell Johansson Spain Antonio Muñoz
South Africa Eddie Edwards
France Patrick Proisy
Sweden Stefan Simonsson
Sweden Per Hjertquist
Colombia Jairo Velasco, Sr.
Australia Ernie Ewert
Australia Victor Eke
6-1, 6-4, 6-1
France Hervé Gauvain
France Jerome Vanier
August 13 Royan Challenger
Royan, France
Regular series
$25,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
France Bernard Fritz
6-4, 6-4, 7-5
Sweden Birger Andersson France Georges Goven
Colombia Jairo Velasco, Sr.
Spain Javier Soler
Belgium Thierry Stevaux
Spain Ángel Giménez
Spain Antonio Muñoz
Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Victor Eke
7-5, 6-2
Sweden Ulf Eriksson
Sweden Per Hjertquist
August 20 Le Touquet Challenger
Le Touquet, France
Regular series
$25,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Colombia Jairo Velasco, Sr.
4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
Spain Fernando Luna France Hervé Gauvain
Sweden Tenny Svensson
South Africa Eddie Edwards
Spain Ángel Giménez
Spain Roberto Vizcaíno
France Christophe Casa
Spain Antonio Muñoz
Colombia Jairo Velasco, Sr.
6-0, 3-6, 6-3
France Éric Deblicker
France Georges Goven
August 27
No tournaments scheduled.

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
September 3
No tournaments scheduled.
September 10 Charlotte Challenger
Charlotte, United States
Regular series
$25,000 – Clay – 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
New Zealand Chris Lewis
6-2, 6-2
Australia David Carter South Africa Deon Joubert
Australia Paul McNamee
United States Michael Grant
Canada Réjean Génois
Iran Ali Madani
United States Keith Richardson
United States Mike Barr
United States Jerry Karzen
6-3, 4-6, 7-6
United States John Benson
United States Tony Giammalva
September 17 Lincoln Challenger
Lincoln, United States
Regular series
$25,000 – Hard – 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Matt Mitchell
6-4, 6-2
United States Peter Rennert United States Jeff Robbins
India Anand Amritraj
South Africa David Schneider
United States Jai DiLouie
United States Tony Giammalva
Australia Steve Docherty
United States Joel Bailey
United States Bruce Kleege
0-6, 6-4, 6-4
United States Steve Denton
United States Peter Rennert
September 24
No tournaments scheduled.

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
October 1 Huntington Beach Challenger
Huntington Beach, United States
Regular series
$25,000 – Hard – 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Glenn Petrovic
6-4, 6-2
United States Marcel Freeman United States Billy Martin
New Zealand Russell Simpson
United States Tony Giammalva
United States Peter Rennert
United States John Austin
United States Tom Leonard
United States Billy Martin
United States Bruce Nichols
3-6, 7-6, 6-3
United States Peter Rennert
United States Robert Van't Hof
October 8
No tournaments scheduled.
October 15
No tournaments scheduled.
October 22 Guadalajara Open
Guadalajara, Mexico
Regular series
$25,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia Paul McNamee
6-4, 6-4
United States Rick Fagel Australia David Carter
United States Tony Giammalva
United States Larry Davidson
United States Fred McNair
Mexico Alfonso González
United States Randy Crawford
Australia Paul McNamee
United States Fred McNair
6-2, 3-6, 6-3
United States Tony Giammalva
United States Andy Kohlberg
October 29
No tournaments scheduled.

December[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
December 3 Austin Challenger
Austin, United States
Regular series
$25,000 – Hard – 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Peter Rennert
6-3, 4-6, 7-5
United States Robert Van't Hof United States Larry Stefanki
United States Tony Giammalva
United States Vincent Van Patten
United States Tom Cain
United States Erick Iskersky
United States Rick Fisher
India Anand Amritraj
United States John Austin
6-1, 6-2
United States Steve Denton
United States Mark Turpin
December 10
No tournaments scheduled.
December 17
No tournaments scheduled.
December 24
No tournaments scheduled.
December 31
No tournaments scheduled.

Statistical information[edit]

These tables present the number of singles (S) and doubles (D) titles won by each player and each nation during the season, within all the tournament categories of the 1979 ATP Challenger Series. The players/nations are sorted by: 1) total number of titles (a doubles title won by two players representing the same nation counts as only one win for the nation); 2) a singles > doubles hierarchy; 3) alphabetical order (by family names for players).