The 22nd edition of the Chennai Open, India's biggest tennis tournament, is set to commence on 2 January. This tournament was originally held in Delhi in 1996 as the McDowell Open, before moving to the SDAT Tennis Stadium in Chennai in 1997.
Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan will spearhead the Indian challenge against a strong foreign field headlined by World No 6 Marin Cilic. Last year's runner-up Borna Coric of Croatia, Spaniards Roberta Bautista Agut and Albert Ramos-Vinolas are also expected to be strong challengers.
With defending champion Stan Wawrinka opting to skip the tournament this year, Cilic -- who won the title in 2009 and 2010 -- is considered to be the frontrunner. The Croat had enjoyed an excellent run of form in 2016. He claimed his maiden Masters title in Cincinnati, defeating Andy Murray in the final. At the 2016 Paris Masters, Cilic defeated Novak Djokovic for the first time in his career to reach the semi-finals, where he had lost to John Isner.
Bautista Agut also enjoyed a good run in 2016. The World No 14 won two ATP titles as well as notched up a win over Djokovic.
Apart from Myneni and local lad Ramanathan, Yuki Bhambri is the other Indians in the fray in singles.
In the doubles category, veteran star Leander Paes will take to the court with partner Andre Sa from Brazil. Paes and Sa will face the Indian combination of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja in the opening round. Rohan Bopanna meanwhile, has joined up with local lad Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. Wild card entrants Myneni-Ramanathan and Sriram Balaji-Vishnu Vardhan will also be seen in action.
Category: ATP World Tour 250 series
Surface: Outdoor hard court
Prize money: $450,000
When to watch: Matches will be played from 2 to 7 January, with the first round starting on Monday. The matches will begin at 5 PM IST every day.
Where to watch: Sony Six and Sony Six HD will broadcast the matches all week.
Live streaming: You can also stream all matches online, at SonyLIV.
With inputs from IANS
Updated Date: Jan 02, 2017 15:26 PM