The Hong Kong Tennis Classic (formerly known as the JB Group Classic and the Watsons Water Champions Challenge) is a women's exhibition tennis tournament held (with temporary stands) in Victoria Park, Hong Kong, in the first week of January. It is a warm-up tournament for the Australian Open.
Formerly, the tournament was played under a more traditional format, with 8 players invited to participate, who would play against each other in a round robin format (with two groups of 4 players), with the top two players from each group progressing to the final. However, in 2009, the tournament switched to a group format, with four Zonal groups of three players; Team Americas, Team Asia-Pacific, Team Europe and Team Russia. Two teams play against each other in a semifinal, with three singles ties (amongst the three players) and 1 doubles tie. The two winning teams progress to the Gold Group final, playing for 1st and 2nd, whilst the losing teams progress to the Silver Group final, playing off for 3rd and 4th.
In the 2010 tournament, male players have been introduced to each team. Each match will consist of 3 singles ties and 1 mixed doubles tie. The 2010 tournament runs from January 6 - 9. Team Americas will play Team Europe in the first semifinal on January 6, with Team Asia-Pacific playing Team Russia on January 7. The loser of each semifinal will play for 3rd & 4th on January 8, whilst the winners will play for the title on January 9.