November 13th, 2008 - 7:52 pm ICT by IANS -
Chennai, Nov 13 (IANS) Former World No.1 Carlos Moya Thursday confirmed his participation in the Chennai Open from Jan 5-9 here. Moya , who is currently ranked 42 , is a 2004 and 2005 champion and will be making his seventh appearance here in the last eight years.
The Spaniard missed a hat trick of titles in 2006 when he was defeated by Ivan Ljubucic. In 2007, he was well on-course to another final, but a brilliant performance by Austrian Stefan Koubek, the eventual runner-up, deprived him of a shot at the title. In 2008, he showed good form reaching the semi-finals, but was a bit unlucky to lose to his good friend and then World No 2, Rafael Nadal.
Confirming his participation, Moya said: ”I always look forward to coming to Chennai. I love the courts, and the crowd always supports me. I just want to come here and give my best and enjoy being part of this popular tournament.”
11-18-2008, 05:26 PM
Davydenko for Chennai Open tennis
October 22nd, 2008 - 9:53 pm ICT by IANS -
Chennai, Oct 22 (IANS) World No.6 and Russia No.1, Nikolay Davydenko will participate in the $450,000 ATP Chennai Open to be held here from Jan 5-11.Winner of 14 ATP titles, Davydenko, nicknamed ‘The Iron Man’ for making most appearances in an ATP calendar year or sometimes ‘The Machine’ due to his aggressive, consistent style of play, will be making his debut at the Chennai Open.
He registered his biggest career title to date at the Miami Masters 2008. He defeated Andy Roddick in the semi-final and World No.1 Rafael Nadal in the final enroute to the title.
Davydenko’s best result in a Grand Slam tournament has been reaching the semi-finals, which he has done on four occasions - twice each at the French Open and the US Open. His consistency has also helped him gain a berth in the season-ending Shanghai Masters event.
Confirming his participation, Davydenko said: “I am very excited to play at the Chennai Open. The tournament has become very popular on the circuit. This is also my first visit to India. So I am looking forward to playing there. I hope to make a good start to the New Year and improve my performance playing in this tournament.”
Fernando Soler, Tournament Director, Chennai Open 2009, said: “Davydenko is an aggressive player and one of the consistent performers on the circuit today. He is an exciting prospect and I am sure the Chennai crowd will enjoy some great tennis action from this champion player.”
V. Narayanan, President, Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA), said: “It is heartening to note that a top-10 player has confirmed his participation so early for Chennai Open. It augurs well for the tournament which is now in an unprecedented 14th year. We are confident that the enthusiastic crowds of Chennai will have a treat watching Davydenko live in action.”
Since his debut on the professional circuit in 1999, Davydenko has made significant strides and reached a career high ranking of No.3 in 2006.
11-18-2008, 05:26 PM
Wawrinka confirms participation in Chennai Open
October 24th, 2008 - 10:11 pm ICT by IANS -
Chennai, Oct 24 (IANS) The 2008 Olympic doubles gold medallist Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka will play in the $450,000 Chennai Open to be held Jan 5-11 at the SDAT Stadium here.Confirming his participation, the world no. 12 said: “This will be my first visit to India and I am anxiously looking forward to playing at the Chennai Open. I hope to give a good and consistent performance here.”
Chennai Open is India’s only ATP tennis tournament and is expected to draw a strong field of players. World no. 5 Nikolai Davydenko has already confirmed his participation for the event.
11-18-2008, 05:27 PM
Bryan brothers to play in Chennai Open tennis
November 11th, 2008 - 9:32 pm ICT by IANS -
Chennai, Nov 11 (IANS) World No. 1 doubles duo and Beijing Olympic bronze medallists, Bob and Mike Bryan will play in the $ 450,000 ATP Chennai Open tennis to be held here from Jan 5-11.The Bryan brothers nicknamed “Wonder Twins”, will be playing for the first time in Chennai. In 2005, the twins made it to the finals of all the four Grand Slam tournaments, only the second time such a feat has been achieved in the Open era. Between 2005 and 2006, they reached an Open Era record of competing in seven consecutive men’s doubles Grand Slam finals, three of which they won.
The brothers have won 49 tour titles (including 13 ATP Masters Series titles), completing a career Grand Slam with victories at the French Open (2003), US Open (2005, 2008), Australian Open (2006 and 2007), and Wimbledon (2006). They also won the Tennis Masters Cup Doubles tournament twice (2003 and 2004).
Confirming their participation, Mike said: “We were always looking forward to visiting India and what better way than to play at the first tournament of the year in Chennai? The tournament has grown in stature over the years so we decided to participate this year. We hope we can make a winning start to 2009.”
11-18-2008, 05:28 PM
Paes, Bhupathi confirm their participation for Chennai Open
November 3rd, 2008 - 8:22 pm ICT by IANS -
Chennai, Nov 3(IANS) Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi will play with their respective partners at the $450,000 Chennai Open 2009. The 14th edition of Chennai Open, India’s only ATP tennis tournament, will be held from Jan 5-11, at the SDAT Stadium here.
While Bhupathi will team up with his long time Bahamas partner Mark Knowles, Paes will combine with Lukas Dlouhy of Czech Republic in the men’s doubles.
The season has gone reasonably well for World no. 3 Bhupathi and Mark Knowles, who recently won the Swiss Indoor Championships, and will play in the year-ending Shanghai Masters.
Paes has missed Chennai Open only thrice so far in the last 14 years (2004, 2007). Bhupathi, on the other hand will be returning to the tournament after a three year gap, having missed it due to injury and prior commitments in previous years.
Confirming his participation, Peas said: “It’s always great be a part of the Chennai Open. I am glad to return to the city where I have grown up and to play in front of a crowd that’s always been of great support to me. Lukas and I have had a phenomenal year and we hope to have a great start to the New Year. A fifth Chennai Open title would be a dream start for 2009.”
On the other hand, the world no. six Paes and Dlouhy, who first played at Roland Garros this year had a successful run. They won the first ATP title together at the Thailand Open 2008 at Bangkok.
Bhupathi said: “I am excited to be back playing at home after a few years. Mark and myself have had a great year and we look forward to kick- starting 2009 with a Big week at the Chennai Open.”
Proably Amritraj, Bopanna & Devvarman Will Get The Wild-Cards!
11-19-2008, 10:43 AM
It seems logical that Amritraj and Devvarman will get a WC. Am not too sure on Bopanna, because he hasn't done anything this year at all. He'll get a WC for doubles though, if he needs it.
In fact, Bopanna didn't even get a WC this year, when 2007 was a much better season for him than 2008. Last year the WCs went to:
- Bartolome Salva-Vidal (because Nadal played here)
- Prakash Amritraj
- J. Vishnu Vardhan
All lost in 1R, but Prakash at least had a close match in his match (against Kudryavtsev though). His Newport run should kind of land him a WC though.
11-19-2008, 01:14 PM
If I'm not mistaken, they gave WC's to national champions V. Uppal in 2007 and J. Vardhan in 2008..
11-24-2008, 02:34 PM
Qureshi Should Be In The Qualifying Rounds Here In Chennai!
11-25-2008, 08:53 PM
New Delhi : New India No 1 Somdev Devvarman, and the second-ranked India Prakash Amritraj have been handed wildcards for the men’s singles main draw at the $450,000 ATP Chennai Open.
Somdev, ranked 201 in the world, and Prakash, 204th, will be joined by third wild card Czech Republic’s Lukas Dlouhy for tournament to be held at the SDAT, Nungambakkam Stadium, from January 5-11, 2009.
Dlouhy, who is making his first appearance at Chennai Open, will also be partnering Leander Paes in the doubles.
“I am happy and excited to be making my first appearance at the Chennai Open. I will put my 100 per cent at the tournament and try and win some matches,” Devvarman said. Prakash too was elated: “I am delighted to be given an opportunity once again to participate in the Chennai Open. I have always performed well at the tournament, it is more of a home-coming of sorts.”