The Aircel Chennai Open which began in 1997 is all set to move out of Chennai. The matches which saw the participation of top tennis stars like Nadal, Wawrinka is not in a position to meet the “commercial demands” of IMG, the main organisers of the event.
Chennai Open is the only ATP level tennis tournament with points that is being played in India. It was conducted at SDAT Tennis Stadium in Nungambakkam,Chennai. The official also stated that the development is “not a setback.” “We are premier state association and will remain,” the TNTA official asserted.
The event has been supported by the Tamilnadu State Government for the past 21 years which prompted IMG to extend the contract with the TNTA for three more years recently.The state associations of Karnataka and Gujarat are in the race ow to host the prestigious tournament but the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association has reportedly emerged as favourites to win the bid. If the MSLTA wins the bid, the tournament will be hosted in the Balewadi Sports Complex which is well equipped to host an ATP 500 series and has also been hosting the USD 50,000 Challenger event since 2014.
AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee said, “The tournament is IMG’s property and they have every right to host it where they find it more lucrative.”