The long running tennis tournament, Chennai Open has been shifted to the city of Pune and been renamed to Maharastra Open.
The Chennai Open was a long running and reputed tennis tournament sported in the Chennai, Tamil Nadu since almost 21 years. After its formidable success on the International sporting calendar of India, it has finally ended its run at Chennai and is now being shifted to the popular city of Pune.
The Maharastra Government in association with the Maharastra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) and the right holders, IMG-Reliance have come over to an agreement to shift the reputed tournament to the city of Pune.
The Maharastra CM, Deendra Fadnavis said, “We heartedly welcome the reputed ATP tournament to our state. We welcome Maharastra Open with open arms and I am sure that we will, together, take the tournament to newer heights by getting in an elite field every year.”
The Chennai Open started almost 21 years ago and has proved to be an important stepping stones for the world’s elite that includes the likes of Rafael Nadal who described the tournament as “an important part in his journey to becoming a pro”
MSLTA’s secretary and tournement director were also amongst the notable ones to appreciate the forthcoming tournement saying, “We have the best tennis facilities in the entire country and we truly hope to making the tournament better than ever before.”
The Indian tennis partners, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati had started their road to success on the very turf of Chennai Open and so were the cases with Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic who once played the tournament in their early days before attaining the tag of World’s elite.
The IMG-Reliance spokesperson congratulated the Tamil Nadu Government and Tennis Association of Tamil Nadu. He said, “We would like to thank each and every person who was involved with the Chennai Open, the Tamil Nadu government and Tamil Nadu Tennis Association for making it a huge success. We look forward to receiving similar love from Pune and the people.”