Chennai, July 1:
Leading women players from among the top 100 will be seen in action as big ticket tennis event returns to the city after the ATP tour, when the Chennai Open WTA 250 International Tennis Championship will be held for the first time from September 12 to 18.
Talking to reporters here today, Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) president and former Davis Cupper Vijay Amritraj and Tamil Nadu Minister For Youth Affairs and Sports Development Siva V. Meyyanathan said there is no doubt as to the impact that the ATP event had on tennis in the State and the country.
“Not only the best in the world came to Chennai but our own players Leander, Mahesh, Somdev and Ramkumar used the home opportunity to the maximum to move onto the top world stage,” Vijay said.
“I became the TNTA President in 2018 and the mandate of the Association as well as my personal mandate was to revive a major event in Chennai , my home town so that it inspires everyone – the players the administrators, the coaches, the younger generation – to play Tennis,promote and constantly improve the game in the State and ensure not only the dominance of Tamil Nadu in the game of Tennis for both Men and Women, but also see the State of Tamil Nadu as an international destination for Tourism, Investment and Industry and Chennai as a major international city,” he said.
“The COVID pandemic did affect the process, but with sheer persistence and perseverance and strong, initiative, supportand blessings of Chief Minister M.K.Stalin, who is a keen sports lover himself and his sports friendly Government, I am proud to announce the conduct of the first ever Chennai OpenWTA 250 International Women’s Tennis Championship from September 12 to 18. at the SDAT Tennis Stadium here,” Vijay stated.
He also acknowledged the efforts of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and APG Consulting in allotting the event to Chennai.