ATP Chennai could disappear from the ATP Calendar by next year for the first time in 21 years. The Indian Tennis Federation had signed a three-year contract starting from the 2017 edition, and so the event may remain in India, moving to Pune.
Rajendra Pawar, Deputy Secretary, School Education and Sports, Government of Maharashtra confirmed this chance, and they are ready to back the bid as the hosting the tournament would cost Rs. 20 crore, which is around $160,000.
Further updates will follow this week. For sure a decision will have to be taken as soon as possible, as the tournament starts on December 31st. It is no secret that Chennai Open has a lower budget compared to Brisbane, Doha or the Hopman Cup.
Until 2016 edition, Stan Wawrinka pretty always played in India, but then he signed a new contract with Brisbane. The two events have same category status, but just to have an idea, in 2017 the Chennai final was Bautista Agut versus Medvedev, in Australia Dimitrov versus Nishikori.