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Mumbai to host ATP tournament in September

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MUMBAI: Following a calendar switch, Mumbai is becoming the second city in India after Chennai to host an ATP tournament. Mumbai replaces the $380,000 Vietnam Open in Ho Chi Minh City, tennis' governing body said in a statement issued Monday.

The Mumbai Open will take place between 25 September and 1 October and will be held at the The Cricket Club. Ahead of the event, the CCI will be renovated to include a new 3,500-seat Centre Court plus two match courts and two practice courts.

Globosport India, promoted by doubles ace Mahesh Bhupathi, will be responsible for the marketing, management and promotion of the Mumbai Open.

The big question of course will be who gets the telecast rights for this event. With Zee Sports making its presence felt and even Sahara getting into the sports broadcast game, expect another bidding war.

The telecast rights of the $400,000 Chennai Open were awarded to Star Sports by IMG, which owns and organizes the tournament. IMG's television division, TWI, was responsible for producing the programming for the Chennai Open.

Till now the Chennai Open was India's and South Asia's only ATP event. It was hosted at the Nungambakkam Stadium in Chennai from 2 - 8 January and was telecast on Star Sports in the India sub-continent, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, and Bhutan.

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