Beginning on August 1st, 2020, the Chinese Tennis Association Tour (CTA Tour) was successfully held at Kunming, China. Ratified by the General Administration of Sport of China, the CTA Tour becomes the third nationwide sports event being held under the national control of the COVID-19. Organized by the GASC Tennis Center, Chinese Tennis Association and the Athletic Teenagers Program of China Central Radio Television, the race was finally unveiled to public.
The official launch of the CTA Tour has symbolized a great achievement that China is now possessing a top-level tennis event with its independent intellectual property rights, which means a lot not only to Chinese tennis but to the whole sports industry.
“The difficulty and cost of holding international tennis events are continuously growing, on the other hand, the scarcity of domestic events with independent intellectual property rights impedes young talents from further development,” said the relevant staff of GASC Tennis Center, “The CTA Tour is finally born under this circumstance, as well as the CTA’s request of continuing the reform and creating independent top-level events to activate domestic tennis resource.” The most significant highlight of the event would be its presence as the first top-level tennis event of China, with independent intellectual property rights. Independent from the ATP, WTA and ITF, the CTA Tour is created based on the athletic-level classification of players with the help of self-created points accumulation and ranking system.
The CTA Tour now becomes a series event that is open to professional players, advanced players, and amateurs. Based on the grading system designed by CTA, as well as the support of Chinese Tennis Rating and ranking system, the CTA Tour is now vertically getting through the channel that connects amateur and professional events, breaking the barriers between professional and amateur athletes, and thus becoming a nationwide tennis event that everyone can participate in.