Chennai Open Facts and Trivia
The Chennai Open is an outdoor tournament and is held at the start of the year, typically at the same time as the Qatar Open. It is an ATP 250 event, meaning that the winning player will receive 250 ranking points. Allow me to present to you our Chennai Open Facts and Trivia page!
Chennai Open Facts
First of all, the Chennai Open first joined the ATP tour in 1996 as part of the ATP World Series. It became part of the ATP International Series in 1998, and finally the ATP World Tour 250 Series in 2009.
What’s in a Name?
In addition to classification changes, the Chennai Open has gone through various name changes during it’s relatively brief history. It was originally called the Gold Flake Open. This changed in 2002 when the name was changed to the Tata Open. Finally in 2005 the name was changed to the current Chennai Open. Personally I think the current name is the better of the three.
Where You At?
The Chennai Open was initially played in New Delhi, India, but moved to Chennai after just one year. It’s current venue is the SDAT Tennis Stadium, home to four hard courts and a 5,800 capacity stadium.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the record for most titles at Chennai is currently held by a Swiss tennis player. It might surprise you to learn that that player is not Roger Federer. Stan Wawrinka currently holds the record for most Chennai Open titles with four. Carlos Moya and Marin Cilic are joint second in this list with two titles each.
Despite being worth equal ranking points and being held at the same time as the Qatar Open, Chennai’s prize money is less than half that of it’s Doha counterpart.
That’s all for now, but we’ll continue to update this page as new facts and trivia are brought to our attention. Do you have something to add? Drop a comment below and it might find it’s way into the post.