The Bell Challenge was set up in 1993 as the result of a Tennis Canada initiative. It aimed at offering a high-quality sporting event of international level.
From its first edition, the event achieved remarkable success, encouraging the team at Tennis Canada to hold the tournament annually. However, with the presentation of the Du Maurier tournament and the construction of the Stadium by the same name in Montréal in 1995, a complete reorganization became necessary.
The Quebec team in close collaboration with the people at Tennis Canada then became responsible for the event. Thus from 1996 to 2004 the tournament was managed by dynamic business people of the Quebec area who strongly believed in the event and invested the amounts required to ensure its continuity.
After the 2004 edition, foreign investors made an offer to acquire the presentation dates of the Bell Challenge. This is when Mr. Jacques Tanguay, a Quebec businessman renowned for his involvement with the local sports scene, stepped in to keep this prestigious tournament in Quebec City. Thanks to his involvement along with of a group of other businessmen, the Bell Challenge was about to enter a new era. The organizing committee decided to move the tournament at Université Laval’s PEPS in order to provide it with larger scale infrastructures and more commodities for the players and public.
This decision paid off as the 2005 edition of the Bell Challenge was proclaimed « Best tournament in its category ». This award was presented at the prestigious gala « Stars for Stars » held at Miami, Florida, in front of over 1000 personalities and guests of professional tennis. Granted by the WTA players, this honour drew attention on Quebec City as the Bell Challenge was competing with thirty-two other large cities of the world for this title.
Must we mention the Bell Challenge is the only sporting event of international scale held every fall since 1993. It is unique and gives emphasis to Quebec City and more importantly the involvement of Bell, loyal partner since the very first edition in 1993. It emphasizes also the know-how of the local people who devote their time and energy to organize this event.
After now fifteen years the Bell Challenge has acquired a maturity and a renown which elevated it among the most prestigious events of Quebec and even Canada. It represents the country’s most important women’s international tennis tournament presented indoors.
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