Chennai Open Tennis: Sponsorship deals signed

MUMBAI: Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) has finalised the sponsorship deals for South Asia's only ATP International series event, the Chennai Open. TNTA has roped in Government of Tamil Nadu, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and United India Insurance Company as the Platinum sponsors.

The Gold sponsors will be Chennai Petrolium Corpoation Ltd, Larsen & Toubro, Murugappa Group, MyTVS, Saint-Gobain and Steel Authority of India.The tourney will be held from 2 January to 8 January. Global sports marketing company IMG/TWI is in charge of the event.



According to an official release, the line-up that will battle to start the new ATP Champion's Race on a winning note includes the reigning French Open champion and world number two Rafael Nadal, the defending champion Carlos Moya, and Asia's top-ranking player and 2003 champion Paradorn Srichaphan.


TNTA president V. Narayanan said, "As you may be aware, a consortium of sponsors was jointly put together by the Government of Tamil Nadu and the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association to sponsor the Chennai Open for five years, starting from 2005 until 2009. We would like to thank and are greatly indebted to all the sponsors for their spontaneous support to this mega event for the second year running. Their commitment to the cause of Indian tennis and to the promotion of Chennai is commendable."

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