Two-time grand slam champion Stanislas Wawrinka will return to Chennai to defend his title at the Aircel Chennai Open which will be held in Chennai from January 4-10. This will be the Swiss eight visit to Chennai and has a golden opportunity to claim a hat-trick.
Wawrinka has been in tremendous form this season winning the French Open in four sets against Novak Djokovic and, therefore, shutting down the dreams of the Serbian to win his first French Open. Wawrinka along with Roger Federer became the second player from Switzerland to claim a French Open title. He began the year by defending his Chennai Open title.
This also marks as the 20th edition of the Chennai Open, the only ATP tournament in South Asia. The event, one of three tournaments held in the opening week of the season, continues to give the subcontinent access to one week of high quality tennis action, featuring some of the best players in the world.
Wawrinka said, “Chennai Open is a great way to start the season, and I look forward to my eighth year at the tournament. The last two years have been extra special since I have gone on to win a Grand Slam each year after a winning start in Chennai. So, Chennai has become like my good luck charm now.”
“Being a landmark year for the tournament, I hope to reclaim my title and make this year even more special.”
Ashu Jindal, Chief Operating Officer, IMG Reliance, said, “It is a pleasure and honour to welcome Stan Wawrinka for his eighth consecutive year. He is in great form with a win at the French Open and a great performance at the US Open this last fortnight. It is encouraging for us to see the continued participation from top players such as Stan and other international stars.”