India's largest tennis event The Tata Open kicks off at the Nungambakkam
Stadium in Chennai from 5 January 2004 and Star Sports is covering
the week long event live. This is South Asia's only ATP International
Series event, and one of only seven in all of Asia. The mega event
offers prize money of US$ 400,000. The broadcaster's coverage starts
at 5 pm every day.
Defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan from Thailand will be eager
to keep his record intact. With his stellar performance he had easily
dispatched veteran Karol Kucera 6-3, 6-1. This year too he will
be keen to have a head start to the 2004 season.
Srichaphan will, however, face stiff competition from Sjeng Schalken
(Holland), Anthony Dupuis (France), and quite a few Spaniards. Besides
Tommy Robredo, Felix Mantilla there is this young and very promising
Rafael Nadal from Spain who is considered the future of Spanish
tennis. Also representing Spain is Carlos Moya, the 1998 French
Open champion. The World number seven made a mark in the Davis Cup
final recently. Though his team lost to the Australians at Melbourne,
Moya considers his win over Mark Philippoussis as one of the best
wins of his career.
Prakash Amritraj will lead the Indian challenge in the tournament.
He earned a wild-card entry in this tournament through his consistent