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This Challenger more like a regular ATP Tour stop

Challenger events are the Triple-A of tennis -- a breeding ground for future headliners. However, the BMW Tennis Championship is a welcome aberration where players can cultivate their games while sparring with some of the ATP Tour's upper echelon.

Originally Published: March 21, 2008
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

If there was a version of "The Little Engine That Could" in tennis, it likely would be the BMW Tennis Championship, a Challenger tournament with a big heart and a surprisingly big-time field.

At first glance, the BMW Tennis Championship resembles any other second-tier tournament among the approximate 140 Challenger events held in about 40 countries around the world. The championship is held in a public park setting at the Sunrise Tennis Club in Sunrise, Fla. It has a small, 2,500-seat, ...

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