Kelowna Futures Tennis Explained
Back in 1998, the first one week Futures Tournaments were launched. These tournaments had to be scheduled in a minimum of three consecutive weeks of $10,000 each or two consecutive weeks of $15,000 each in prize money, effectively replacing 65% of the Satellite Circuits that were being run. As a result players were given far more opportunities to earn ranking points.
In 1998 there were 212 Futures Tournaments offering a total of $2,635,000 in prize money. By 2004, a total of 356 Futures tournaments were played with a total of $4,150,000 in prize money, and the ITF Pro Circuit has only continued to grow by leaps and bounds ever since, including the addition of the City of Kelowna in 2012.