Two of the world’s ten best players, Tomas Berdych and Janko Tipsarevic, will compete in the Aircel Chennai Open, scheduled to be held at the SDAT Tennis Stadium from December 31, 2012, to January 6, 2013.

It will be World No. 6 Berdych’s second and World No. 9 Tipsarevic’s fifth visit to the city, which hosts South Asia’s only ATP World Tour tournament. Berdych’s best performance this year was at the US Open, where he beat Roger Federer en route to the semifinals. Tipsarevic has to his credit a victory over World No.1 Novak Djokovic in a Masters 1000 tournament.

“Tomas Berdych had a huge fan following in India after he reached the semifinals in 2011. He has had a great year thus far and we are sure he will continue his winning streak in Chennai,” said M.A. Alagappan, President of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association.

“Tipsarevic is a regular to Chennai and loves to play here. He did well in 2012 and I am sure his presence will ensure that fans will get to see some fantastic matches. We are extremely grateful to the Government of Tamil Nadu and all the other sponsors who have supported the event,” he added.

The 2013 edition will have a new tournament director — Tom Annear.

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