Chennai Open shifts to Pune

Come January 1, 2018, the sport of tennis in Pune will witness a new dawn.The ATP World Tour event that has been held in Chennai for the last 21 years will be held in the city from next year under a five-year deal signed between the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association and event's right holders IMG-Reliance.

The 'Maharashtra Open', as the event will be rechristened, will replace the Chennai tournament on the ATP calendar after Aircel pulled out as the title sponsor.

The tournament has the full financial backing of the state government which has formed a high-level committee headed by the Chief Minister, through a Government Resolution issued last week, to oversee the event.

“We welcome the world class ATP tournament to our state,“ Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in a press statement.

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