The Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA), IMG Reliance, operators and organizers of the Chennai Open, and IMG, owners of the tournament, on Sunday announced a three-year extension of the Chennai Open. With this extension, the ATP tour event will stay in Chennai until 2016.
Speaking on the agreement MA Alagappan, president of Tamil Nadu Tennis Association stated: “We are delighted to announce that Tamil Nadu Tennis Association with the active support and patronage of the TN Government has come to an agreement with IMG Reliance to continue the tournament from 2014-2016. As the only ATP world tour event in South Asia, the Chennai Open provides a key opportunity for Indian players to compete with the best players in the world. We look forward to three more years of quality tennis in Chennai.”
Fernando Soler, Head of Tennis, IMG Worldwide said it was a rewarding journey. “We are pleased with the extension of contract with the TNTA and happy that the Chennai Open will continue to be hosted here. 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,” he said.
Ashu Jindal, COO, IMG Reliance, reckoned it as a platform to develop tennis in the country.