THE Richard Ellis Challenger, which is the only ATP Tour Challenger Series in Hong Kong, returns to the territory for the fourth successive year. This tennis tournament, featuring a 32 men singles main draw and 16 men team doubles main draw will be held from December 4 to 12 at Victoria Park, Tennis Centre. It is sponsored by Richard Ellis Ltd. Hong Kong tennis fans will be able to see popular American Chinese player Tommy Ho in action at Victoria Park when he returns to defend his title. Ho thrilled his many fans at centre court last year with an intense third set tie breaker win over Canadian sensation Greg Rusedski to walk away with the champion's trophy. Twenty-year-old Ho had the greatest tournament of his career recently when he reached the semi-finals of the Salem Open ATP Tour event in Beijing. On his way to the semi-finals, he defeated American Steve Bryan and Chuck Adams. He lost to eventual champion Michael Chang in an exciting base-line game in the semi-final. Another crowd favourite, Canadian Albert Chang has also confirmed his participation in the Richard Ellis Challenger. Chang was last seen in action in Hong Kong at the Salem Open in April, where he won three tough qualifying matches to qualify into the main draw. Also joining the line-up is China's top player, Xia Jiaping, who received a main draw wild card into the tournament while his compatriot and China's No. 2 player, Pan Bing, also received a wild card into the qualifying draw. Spectrum , in keeping with their commitment to give the local and Asian up-and-coming tennis players a chance to enter and compete in a professional ATP tournament, is actively looking to award the remaining three main draw and five qualifying draw wild cards to deserving players. The Richard Ellis Challenger is presented by Diners Club International with prize money of $195,000.