MUMBAI: Current world number four, Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka today confirmed his participation in the 20 edition of the Aircel Chennai Open, India’s and South Asia’s Premier ATP World Tour tennis event, scheduled to be held at Chennai’s SDAT Stadium from 5 to 11 January 2015.
The 29 year old has had an incredible 2014 that started with his final match victory over Edouard Roger Vasselin in Chennai, en route to which he recorded his 300th career match win at the Aircel Chennai Open. Stan followed this by capturing his first Grand Slam championship title with a stunning four-set victory over top seed Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.
Commenting on his presence at the event, Stan Wawrinka said, “I am looking forward to being part of the action and adventure and, of course, all the festivity. I definitely plan to show up ready to play my best with the goal of kicking off the New Year by defending my title in Chennai.”
TNTA vice president and AITA vice president, Tournament Organising committee chairman Karti P Chidambaram said, “Chennai’s tennis fans adore Stan Wawrinka, supporting his every game and rejoicing with every victory he registers. As we celebrate two decades of the tournament in the country, the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association extends a warm welcome to the world number four.”
IMG Reliance COO Ashu Jindal said, “He will be playing in the event for the seventh consecutive year and the continued presence of players of his caliber is a testament to the strength of the tournament and to the ongoing support of fans in the city. We welcome him to Chennai and look forward to seeing him spread his magic at SDAT once again.”
The title sponsor for the tournament is Aircel and the event is supported by a consortium of sponsors in the platinum and gold category, headed by the Government of Tamil Nadu.