The China Open
(formerly the Beijing Salem Open
) is an annual professional tennis tournament
held in Beijing
. The men's singles and doubles events were first held in 1993, the year in which the Qatar Open
and Dubai Tennis Championships
were also introduced to the men's tour, as the ATP
opened a series of new tournaments in Asia.
In 1998, the tournament was dropped from the ATP tour calendar, but was reinstated in 2004, the same year as the WTA Tour
women's singles and doubles events, previously held in Shanghai
, were moved to Beijing.
In 2006, the China Open became the first tournament outside of the United States to utilize the Hawk-Eye
system in match play.Michael Chang
and Novak Djokovic
are the only men to have won the singles competition more than once, and Chang holds the record for both total and consecutive wins with three titles. In doubles, the Bryan Brothers
are the only doubles pair to have won consecutive titles.
, the third seed, beat Mario Ančić
, the fourth seed, in the final of the 2006 China Open. Both the first seed, Ivan Ljubičić
, and the second seed, Nikolay Davydenko
, were knocked out in the second round. The two retirements from this tournament was Ivo Karlović
with a problem with his left knee, and Nikolay Davydenko who had a virus.
, the top seed for this tournament, beat Guillermo Coria
, the second seed, in the 2005 final.
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