Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun won the Manulife Singapore ATP Challenger title after beating Japan's Go Soeda in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 at the Singapore Island Country Club on 4 Mar 2012.
Singapore fans could not have wished for a better final with both the No 1 and No 2 meeting in the final and they were not disappointed as both parties produced a high quality tennis match that lasted 1 hour 15 min.
62nd ranked Yen Husn , earned himself a purse string of US$7,200 and 80 ranking points for thetitle while the 2nd seed Soeda got US$4,240 and 48 ranking points.
The final saw a good turnout of more than 700 spectators
According to Mr Kenneth Low , Director of Sports Management Group (event organisers), ATP is pretty pleased with the overall organisation and while the CHALLENGER contract is till 2013, SMG is already eyeing bigger ATP events in the years to come. However they have indicated they would take incremental steps to build up the interest level and eventually obtain strong sponsorship support from major corporate companies.
To hold a ATP 250 world tour event requires at least US$4 million in funds and this can only be obtained once the event grows in stature and publicity, with strong interest from major stakeholders like the ATP world tour players, sponsors, STA, singapore tennis community.