In the run-up to the 20th edition of South Asia’s only ATP tournament (Jan 5-11, 2015), where tennis stars like World no. 4 and Australian Open Champion Wawrinka, Spanish players World no. 15 Bautista-Agut (ATP’s most improved player for 2014) and No. 14 Feliciano Lopez have already confirmed their participation, here is some fascinating trivia:

  • The tournament started as the McDowell India Open in New Delhi in 1996, after which it became the Gold Flake Open in Chennai in 1997, after which it became the Tata Open in 2002, after which it was christened the Chennai Open finally in 2005. Aircel came on board as the primary sponsor in 2010, after which the current title came into effect.
  • The Singles event has 28 players. The Doubles event has 16 teams.
  • Carlos Moya (2004-2005) and current US Open Champion Marin Cilic (2009-2010) are the only players to win back-to-back Singles titles at this tournament. 
  • Belgian Xavier Malisse is the only player to win the Singles and Doubles title in the same year, 2007. He reached another final in 2011, losing to Wawrinka.
  • Wawrinka is the only other player, apart from Moya and Cilic, to win two Chennai Open titles. He won it 2011 and 2014. 
  • Legendary Indian doubles pair Paes and Bhupathi are 5-time winners of the Chennai Open.
  • 8 out of the 20 Singles finals have been decided in 3 sets.
  • Rafael Nadal is a Doubles winner here in 2004 (partnering Robredo, beating Elrich/Ram), reached another Doubles final in 2007 (partnering Salva-Vidal, and losing to Malisse-Norman) and the Singles Final in 2008, where he lost to Russian Mikhail Youzhny after playing the longest ever 3-setter in the semis against idol Carlos Moya.
  • Former Thai star Paradorn Srichaphan is the only Singles player to reach 4 consecutive finals (2002-05), winning the 2003 title without dropping a single set. He lost to Moya in the 2004 and 2005 finals.
  • Moya reached 3 consecutive finals. (2004-06)
  • Paes and Bhupathi are the only pair to win the Doubles title three consecutive times. (1997-99)
  • Bautista-Agut was World no. 65 when started 2014. He was unseeded when he reached the final here in 2013. He will be World no. 15 in the 2015 edition. He defeated his first top-5 player Del Potro in the second round of the 2014 Aussie Open.

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