India and South Asia’s only ATP tour event will remain in Chennai at least until 2016.
The Tamil Nadu Tennis Association and IMG Reliance, operators and organisers of the Chennai Open, and IMG, owners of the tournament, announced a three-year extension of the contract on Sunday.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I have some good news for you,” TNTA president M.A. Alagappan said during the trophy ceremony to loud cheers from the crowd. “We are delighted to announce that Tamil Nadu Tennis Association, with the active support and patronage of the Tamil Nadu Government, has come to an agreement with IMG Reliance to continue the tournament from 2014 to 2016,” he added.
Commenting on the development via email, Fernando Soler, Head of Tennis, IMG Worldwide, said: “It has been a rewarding journey to see the tournament grow over the past 17 years in Chennai. This would have not been possible without the relentless support from the Government of Tamil Nadu, sponsors and all stakeholders.”