CHENNAI OPEN 2019 – an ATP Challenger Tour Tennis Tournament.
Entry to the event is free of cost. All are welcome to attend!
SDAT Tennis Stadium
Lake Area, Nungambakkam
Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) will conduct the second ATP Challenger event – Chennai Open Challenger 80 Tennis Tournament 2019 from 4th to 10th February 2019 at the internationally renowned SDAT Tennis Stadium at Nungambakkam, Chennai. Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and All India Tennis Association (AITA) have approved the event. This event will carry a prize money of US $ 54500/-. All 48 main draw players will be provided hospitality. Besides the India players, a number of talented players from 20 countries around the world – Australia, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt France, Italy, Japan Korea, Lithuanaia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia Slovenia, Spain Turkey Tunisia, Taiwan, USA.
India’s number one and in form player Prajnesh Gunneswaran, World no.109 will be the top seed. He is third Indian in the last 5 years besides Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri to qualify for the singles event of a Grand Slam event. Yuichi Sugita of Japan ranked 145, Courentin Moutet of France ranked 151, Martinez Pedro of Spain ranked 165 Mohamad Safwat of Egypt ranked 186, follow the seeding in that order. The other Indians in the fray are Saket Myneni who is on a comeback and the young Mukund Sasikumar. Since cut off world ranking is 341, the quality of tennis is going to be intense and gripping. We will have another four Indian players in the Main Draw through the Wild Card route. The doubles field will also have a number of Indian players. Rogerio Santos from Portugal will be the ATP Supervisor.
TNTA is grateful to Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Government of Tamil Nadu for its support as the Lead Sponsor and the event as we know is called the CHENNAI OPEN. TNTA is also extremely thankful to the Murugappa Group, Shriram Capital, United India Insurance Company, Indian Oil, Indian Bank for their consistent support. The Park is the Official Hotel and Medway Hospital is the Medical partner and ACT Fibernet is the Internet Partner. Yonex Tour Tennis balls will be used for the event.
Mr. Vijay Amritraj, President TNTA said “The tournament will benefit Indian players to improve their ranking and break in to the top 100 in the world. With the support of the Government of Tamil Nadu and Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT), the Associate Sponsors and Partners we intend to conduct major international tournaments year after year. Importantly, the entry to witness the tournament is free which should encourage the sports and tennis loving public to come to witness the high quality tennis action led by Prajnesh, India’s no.1 “
The matches will be played between 10 am and 6 pm each day and the finals both singles and doubles are scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday 10th February 2019. Entry to witness the tournament for all the days is free.