Chennai Open to stay in city for 3 more yrs
The Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA), Reliance IMG, the operators and organizers of Chennai Open, the only ATP Tour event, allotted 18 years ago to South Asia, today announced that the event would stay here for three more years.
The announcement, in a press release soon after the singles finals, came amidst speculation that the venue would be shifted to Bangalore or Hyderabad or even Beijing the China capital, which was also eager to have an ATP event.
TNTA President M A Alagappan announced that this was possible thanks to the support from Tamil Nadu Government which had come to an agreement with IMG to continue the tournament from 2014-16 Head of Tennis IMG, Fernando Soler welcomed the extension of the event in Chennai saying it had been a rewarding experience to see the tournament grow in Chennai in the last 17 years. The first edition was conducted in New Delhi when McDowell sponsored it.
In Chennai the event began as Gold Flake Open sponsored by ITC and later as Tata Open for three years before the Tamil Nadu government took over as the sponsor with the help of telecom service provider Aircel. It has been a US Dollar 439,999 prize money tournament.