Nick Kyrgios, Reilly Opelka, and Gael Monfils to headline the UTS event in Seoul following the success of the initial editions

UTS event in Seoul is touted to be star-studded this year.


Nick Kyrgios, Reilly Opelka, and Gael Monfils to headline the UTS event in Seoul following the success of the initial editions

L-R: Nick Kyrgios, Gael Monfils and Reilly Opelka (Credits : ATP Tour, Tennis TV, CNN)

The First UTS (Ultimate Tennis Showdown) event in Asia will be held in South Korea next month. To be precise, the event will be held at Goyang Gymnasium in Goyang-si, Korea, from Nov 30 to Dec 3. This will be the third UTS event of the year after the ones held in Los Angeles in July and Frankfurt in September. Eight men are ready to battle it out in the South Korean UTS event this year.

The star-studded field will consist of the Australian box office player Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Bublik, the French entertainer Gael Monfils, and the hometown hero Soonwoo Kwon. Apart from these four stars, the other players included in the field are Richard Gasquet, Jan-Lennard Struff, Reilly Opelka, and Milos Raonic. The winner of the event will qualify for the UTS Grand final in London, scheduled between December 15th and 17th.

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The Russian star Andrey Rublev and China’s Wu Yibing have already qualified for the UTS Grand final, courtesy of their UTS titles in Los Angeles and Frankfurt, respectively. Wu had defeated the American youngster Taylor Frtiz and Rublev got over the evergreen Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov in the UTS event finals, respectively.

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UTS started in 2020, but a Grand final will be for the first time this year

Unlike last year, UTS will be having a Grand final this year – The champions of the UTS events in Los Angeles, Frankfurt, and Seoul this year will be qualifying for the Grand final in London this year. The Seoul UTS event will be the seventh event overall. The first event was in 2020, when Matteo Berrettini became the champion defeating Stefanos Tsistsipas.

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UTS event
UTS event (Credits: Tennis Majors)

Alexander Zverev, Alex de Minaur, and Corentin Moutet were the champions of the events held in the successive events henceforth. The event has different rules, and the match is divided into timed quarters and not sets as in a regular tennis match. The event in Seoul will have four men from two groups and the top two from each group will lock horns in the semi-finals and then the final between the semi-final winners.

The UTS event was held only once for women as well. It was in the second event of 2020 when the Russian star Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova became the champion defeating Alize Cornet.

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