The St. Petersburg Open is an annual professional men’s tennis tournament based in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia which is also known for its historic buildings with a rich architectural mix. The tournament is played out on indoor hard courts, and is a part of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour as a 250 series tournament.
The St. Petersburg Open saw its genesis in 1995, and was crucial in the development of tennis as a sport in the country. Despite tennis being introduced in Russia just a year after the first Wimbledon, it saw a decline in popularity during the World Wars because of the inevitable emigration and ideological barriers. However, since its inception in 1995, the St. Petersburg Open has promoted tennis as a sport and provided a stage for the local talent. The first ever
St. Petersburg Open title was won by Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
The tournament is sponsored by Russian oil giants Gazprom and Petromir, while it is also supported by the Administration of St. Petersburg.
Only two players have won the title consecutively with both being the former World No. 1 at some time - Marat Safin of Russia (2000-01) who was making a mark for himself at that time, and Andy Murray of Great Britain (2007-08) who is also a two time Olympic champion. The last Russian player to win the title was Mikhail Youzhny in 2004.
The 2018 edition of the tournament will be held from 17th September to 23rd September.
Since its inception, the tournament was held in the Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex until 2013. The tournament was skipped altogether in 2013 and was relocated to Sibur Arena in 2014, which is it’s current venue. Overlooking the Gulf of Finland, the indoor sporting arena has a seating capacity of 7,120.
The tournament has a total prize money of $1,084,450 which will be further distributed according to the stipulations of the ATP regulations.
2017 St. Petersburg Open Champions
The singles title is held by Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina while the doubles title is held by Roman Jebavý and Matwe Middelkoop of Czech Republic and Netherlands respectively.
Players to Watch For at 2018 St. Petersburg Open
Former champion Mikhail Youzhny will make his final bow in the tournament which will also feature the likes of World No. 7 Dominic Thiem of Austria and current title holder Damir Dzumhur.