Chennai: The player field for the Aircel Chennai Open 2013 will see an impressive line-up of both Indian and International players. Apart from World No. 6 Tomas Berdych, World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic, World No. 15 Marin Cilic, World No. 17 Stanislas Wawrinka, additions to the player field include World No 47 Benoit Paire, World No 56 Robin Haase, and World No 60 Yen-Hsun Lu among others.
Boasting prize money of USD $430,000, India’s and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour tennis event will be held at the SDAT Tennis Stadium in Chennai from 31st December 2012 to 6th January 2013.Spear-heading the singles draw, will be 27-year-old Tomas Berdych. This is his second visit to Chennai. World No. 6 kicked off 2012 with a bang after winning the Hopman Cup for the Czech Republic with compatriot Petra Kvitová and then captured the title at Montpellier. The Czech continued his top form as he reached his career best at the US Open Championships 2012, where he stalled the progress of World No. 1 Roger Federer, defeating him 7-6(1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to enter the quarter-finals.
Berdych further displayed his prowess in the game by seizing his second ATP title of 2012 by defeating top-seeded Jo-Wilfred Tsonga of France 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the Stockholm Open final; progressing to play at the BarclaysATP World Tour Finals. This was his third consecutive appearance at the season finale. Czech Republic’s No. 1 player also led the Czech team to victory against Spain at the Davis Cup Final held this past weekend.
Janko Tipsarevic, who will be playing at the Aircel Chennai Open for the fifth time, opened the 2012 season at Chennai winning the doubles title with Leander Paes. The 28-year-old Serbian made the fourth round of the Australian Open and reached a career-high ranking of number 9 in May, before bagging his third title of the season. He had a perfect close to the season by qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Winner of the Aircel Chennai Open Singles title in 2009 and 2010, Marin Cilic is ranked No. 15 in the world. Cilic gained momentum by reaching the Munich final in April this year. In July, he captured his eighth ATP World Tour title at the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag.
Stanislas Wawrinka, who will also be a part of this season’s draw in Chennai for the fifth consecutive year, is eyeing a winning start similar to 2011. After a good run at the Aircel Chennai Open 2012, Wawrinka confirms his return for another shot at the title. Wawrinka’s greatest achievement till date has been the gold medal victory for Switzerland in the men’s doubles event in Beijing Olympics, partnering multiple Grand Slam winning compatriot Roger Federer.