World No. 4 Swiss powerhouse Stan Wawrinka confirms participation in Aircel Chennai Open 2015

World No. 4 Swiss powerhouse Stan Wawrinka confirms participation in Aircel Chennai Open 2015

India’s only ATP World Tour stop enters its Twentieth Year

 

This will be the Defending Champion’s seventh visit to participate in the region’s leading ATP World Tour tennis event

 

 

CHENNAI, 26 AUGUST, 2014: Current World No. 4, Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka today confirmed his participation in the 20th edition of the Aircel Chennai Open, India and South Asia’s Premier ATP World Tour tennis event, scheduled to be held at Chennai’s SDAT Stadium from January 5th to 11th 2015.

 

The man known for his big serves, exceptional state of fitness and single-handed backhands that are perhaps the best in the game, is someone who has wowed India’s tennis fans numerous times in the recent past. In scintillating form, last year, he won the tournament’s singles title for the second time. The previous season, the Olympic doubles gold medalist wowed onlookers when he partnered Frenchman Benoit Paire to lift the tournament’s doubles title in a thrilling match.

 

As the tournament prepares to celebrate its 20th year, there are few things that can better confirmation from a player who will be visiting Chennai to participate in the tournament for the seventh straight year. This also goes to show the importance some of the world’s finest tennis players give the Aircel Chennai Open, an event that has proudly been India’s only ATP World Tour stop for two decades.

 

The 29-year-old has had an incredible 2014 that started with his final match victory over Edouard Roger Vasselin in Chennai, en route to which he recorded his 300th career match win at the Aircel Chennai Open. Stan followed this by capturing his first Grand Slam championship title with a stunning four-set victory over top seed Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final. It was his first win against Nadal in 13 FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, also making him the first player since 1993 to eliminate two top seeds, Novak Djokovic and Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament. At the Australian Open, he also defeated three top 10 opponents in the same tournament for first time, reaching a career high of No. 3.

 

The event, one of three tournaments held in the opening week of the season, continues to give the subcontinent access to one week of scintillating tennis action, featuring some of the best names in the highly competitive world of international tennis.

 

Commenting on his presence at the event, Stan Wawrinka said, “I congratulate the organizers of the Aircel Chennai Open for entering the tournament’s 20th year in India. This will mark my seventh visit to Chennai and I am looking forward to being part of the action and adventure and, of course, all the festivity. I definitely plan to show up ready to play my best with the goal of kicking off the New Year by defending my title in Chennai.”

 

Mr. Karti P Chidambaram, Chairman, Tournament Organising Committee, Vice President, AITA and Vice President, TNTA said, “Chennai’s tennis fans adore Stan Wawrinka, supporting his every game and rejoicing with every victory he registers. As we celebrate two decades of the tournament in the country, the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association extends a warm welcome to the World No. 4. The current year has been his best until now and we congratulate him on his stupendous performance.”

 

Ashu Jindal, Chief Operating Officer, IMG Reliance, said, “We are thrilled that Wawrinka has confirmed his participation in the 20th edition of the Aircel Chennai Open. He will be playing in the event for the seventh consecutive year and the continued presence of players of his caliber is a testament to the strength of the tournament and to the ongoing support of fans in the city. We welcome him to Chennai and look forward to seeing him spread his magic at SDAT once again.”

 

The Title Sponsor for the tournament is Aircel and the event is supported by a consortium of sponsors in the Platinum and Gold category, headed by the Government of Tamil Nadu.

 

About Aircel Chennai Open 2015

The USD 450,000 Aircel Chennai Open, owned by IMG and operated and organised by IMG Reliance, is India’s and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event. Started in 1996, by IMG, a global leader in sports management and marketing, the event has completed 20 successful years of existence, branding Chennai and India on the global tennis map thus creating a legacy of sorts of promoting international tennis in India. Winner of the prestigious ATP’s Player Services Award of Excellence (2006) for its outstanding organization and wonderful hospitality towards the participants and ATP’s Best Marketing Award (2008), the tournament has acquired the status of a much sought-after tennis event for both players and fans alike in the International tennis circuit. The 20th edition of the event in India and 19th in Chennai will be held from 5th – 11th January, 2015 at the SDAT Tennis stadium in Nungambakkam, Chennai. The tournament is conducted in Chennai with the active collaboration of the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) and Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA).

 

About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 30 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Consulting, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; world-class partnerships with sponsors, brands and broadcasters; and marquee assets across entertainment, events and fashion.
About IMG Reliance

IMG Reliance Pvt Ltd., is an equal joint venture between Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India’s largest and most recognized private sector company, and IMG Worldwide (IMG), the world’s leading sports marketing and management company. The joint venture company will develop, market and manage sports and entertainment in India. Its current assets include India’s premier fashion event, Lakmé Fashion Week and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event, the Aircel Chennai Open. IMG Reliance has entered agreements with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to create a new professional basketball league and manage all aspects of the commercial rights to the game in India and the All India Football Federation (AIFF), to improve, popularize and promote the game of football throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level. IMG Reliance has also created a scholarship program to identify and train talented young Indians from sports including – basketball, soccer and tennis-at IMG’s world-class sports training facilities at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida.

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