What is the longest final in history on the ATP Challenger Tour? Who is the first unranked Challenger champion? Who contributed to France’s record of 27 titles? All of this happened during the 2023 season on the ATP Challenger Tour, which counted 46 different countries as venues for the tournaments that have witnessed the emergence of young talents and great veterans of the circuit.

ATPTour.com reviews some key figures and data that this 2023 season has left us on the ATP Challenger Tour.

Comesaña Earns More Than Anyone
Argentine Francisco Comesaña posted a 45-21 record in Challengers this season, surpassing his compatriot Facundo Díaz Acosta with one more game won. Comesaña, 23 years old, was crowned in Vicenza and Liberec. On two different occasions, Comesaña achieved a streak of 12 wins in 13 games over three tournaments.

At 22 years old, Díaz Acosta was very close to the record with 44-16. The Buenos Aires native claimed four titles in Savannah, Oeiras, Milan and Montevideo to rise to a career-high No. 93 in August, making his debut in the Top 100 a month earlier.

Player V-D Titles
Francisco Comesaña 45-21 2
Facundo Díaz Acosta 44-16 4
Luciano Darderi 42-25 2

Navone Adds Five Titles
The Argentine Mariano Navone was unstoppable during the second half of the year. From June 19 to November 12, at 22 years old he competed in six Challenger finals, winning five of them: Poznan, Santa Fe, Santa Cruz, Buenos Aires and Santa Fe-2.

“In May of last year I lost in the first round of an M15 and today I have won five Challengers,” Navone recalled in October. “At that moment it was difficult, but I would tell that boy to stay calm, that good things are yet to come.”

Díaz Acosta, Aleksandar Kovacevic, Thiago Seyboth Wild and Alejandro Tabilo came in second position, all of them winning four Challenger titles in 2023.

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Teen Titans
At 17 years and eight months, Czech Jakub Mensik won at home in Prague to become the youngest Challenger champion of 2023. Mensik was one of 12 under the age of 20 to win a Challenger title this year. Only three players of this age won more than one title in 2023: Luca Van Assche, Alex Michelsen and Hamad Medjedovic.

Big Moves To The Top 100
American Alex Michelsen, who won two ATP Challenger Tour trophies this season, led the biggest jumps into the Top 100 of the year.

Player Jump in the Ranking 2022-2023 Titles
Alex Michelsen +504 601 – 97 2
Thiago Seyboth Wild +313 392 – 79 4
Arthur Son +213 249 – 36 1
Max Purcell +178 223 – 45 3
Sebastian Ofner +152 195 – 43 1

Titles By Countries
Players from 33 countries won a title this year. The French won 27 trophies, being the most titles by a country in the same year, surpassing Argentine, which won 23 last year.

In October, Abdullah Shelbayh became the first player from Jordan to win an ATP Challenger Tour title, when he won the LTP Challenger in Charleston, South Carolina.

Country

Titles

Champions

France

27 Lestienne-3, Van Assche-2, Paire-2, Humbert-2, Grenier-2, Gaston-2, Atmane-2, Cazaux-1, Fils-1, Barrere-1, Mpetshi Perricard-1, Muller-1, Halys-1, Guinard-1, Rinderknech-1, Weber-1, Blanchet-1, Jacquet-1, Moutet-1

Argentina

21 Navone-5, Diaz Acosta-4, JM Cerundolo-2, Comesana-2, Coria-2, Tirante-2, Collarini-1, Delbonis-1, Olivieri-1, Ugo Carabelli-1

Italia

17

Arnaldi-3, Gigante-2, Darderi-2, Nardi-2, Brancaccio-1, Zeppieri-1, Cobolli-1, Giannessi-1, Agamenone-1, Bellucci-1, Pellegrino-1, Fognini-1

USA

17

Kovacevic-4, Svajda-3, Michelsen-2, Johnson-2, Kypson-2, Cressy-1, Moreno de Alboran-1, Nava-1, Michelsen-1, Kudla-1

Campeones ATP Tour y ATP Challenger Tour
Roberto Carballés Baena, Arthur Fils and Ugo Humbert completed a dream performance on both the ATP Tour and the ATP Challenger Tour this season. Spaniard Carballés Baena, who won the title at the ATP 250 in Marrakech, defended his crown at the Challenger in Seville in September.

The 19-year-old Frenchman, Fils, started the season in the best possible way, winning the Oeiras Indoor 2 in the first week. His emergence this year continued on the ATP Tour, where he became the youngest champion of the course by winning Lyon. Fils finished the season as world No. 36.

Although Humbert was outside the Top 100 in January, the Frenchman had a memorable season in which he won two consecutive ATP Challenger Tour 175 titles: Cagliari and Bordeaux. At 25 years old, he closed the season by winning the ATP 250 in Metz, finishing the year with his best ranking of No. 20.

Torneos ATP Challenger 175
In March, the ATP Challenger debuted the 175 category of tournaments, held during the ATP Masters 1000. Nuno Borges won the first event at the Arizona Tennis Classic in Phoenix. Andy Murray claimed his first title at any level since 2019 at the Aix-en-Provence Challenger. Humbert won in Cagliari and Bordeaux, while the German Dominik Koepfer returned to winning ways in Turin.

More data:

• Luca Van Assche and Ugo Humbert fought for three hours and 56 minutes in the final in Pau, setting the record for the longest title match in a Challenger.

• Roman Safiullin became the first player to win a Challenger title and reach the quarterfinals in the same season since Nick Kyrgios in 2014.

• 16 players who competed in college tennis amassed 24 Challenger titles this year, led by four-time champion Aleksandar Kovacevic (Illinois) and three-time champion Nuno Borges (Mississippi State).

• Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hamad Medjedovic joined Novak Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic as the only Serbs with three or more Challenger titles without turning 20. Medjedovic finished 2023 with a perfect 3-0 record in Challenger finals.
• Kei Nishikori won in Palmas del Mar, Puerto Rico to become the first unranked Challenger champion in history. Nishikori’s victory came in his first tournament after 20 months sidelined by injury.

• Record of nine titles won by saving match points in the final, led by Terence Atmane in Guangzhou, who escaped from three championship points down.
• At 31 years and three months, the Frenchman Arthur Weber became the oldest champion in his debut in a Challenger (Zhuhai).
• Andy Murray set the record for the longest gap by a champion between Challenger titles. The Scot won in Aix-en-Provence 17 years and eight months after winning in Binghamton in 2005.
• Luca Van Assche, Arthur Fils and Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard became the first trio of French under-20s to win a Challenger title since 2005 (Monfils, Gasquet, Tsonga).
• Dino Prizmic, 18, won his first ATP Challenger Tour title in Banja Luka to become the youngest Croatian champion since Borna Coric in 2014.

• At 18, Alex Michelsen won the Chicago Challenger to become the youngest American since Stefan Kozlov in 2016.
• Jakub Mensik became the youngest Czech champion in history (17 years, eight months), winning in Prague in May.
• Evan King and Reese Stalder claimed the most doubles titles in 2023, winning seven trophies together, setting the record for an all-American pair.

• The Challenger Cherbourg La Mache became the first indoor tournament to celebrate 30 years on the ATP Challenger Tour. Cherbourg joined Prostejov, Czech Republic (30), Cordenons, Italy (20) and Ostrava, Czech Republic (20) in celebrating a significant anniversary in 2023.
• A total of 46 different countries hosted a Challenger tournament in 2023.

Source: https://www.atptour.com/es/news/challenger-by-the-numbers-2023

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