Speaking to the media on Sunday, Karti P. Chidambaram, chairman of the organising committee for the Aircel Chennai Open, said that plans to upgrade the tournament to an ATP 500 event would have to wait until 2013.
“That's a suggestion we're mulling over. (We'll have a chance when) In 2013 ATP will recast their calendar. But we'll have to upgrade our infrastructure.
“Right now we have only one show-court. We'll need to build another, so we'll need to approach the government,” he said.
He also said that the decision to award Stanislas Wawrinka with a wildcard for the event was justified with the Swiss' title triumph.
“(Stanislas) Wawrinka reaching the final means our decision to give him a wild card has been justified. If there is a disappointment it is over not enough Indians being in the singles field. But Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes have proved they're champions (by reaching the final),” he added.
Tinkering with the schedule to avoid matches going late into the night was also something that is being looked into.
“We'll consider that, it's a valid point. We also have to keep the weather in mind, as the players and the ATP are both comfortable with the late kick-off,” he said.