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Global Tennis Tournament Kick Starts In Chennai

posted 30 Dec 2013, 07:59 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 30 Dec 2013, 08:00 ]

Leading Tennis players from across the globe converge in southern India to participate in the prestigious 'Chennai Open'.

CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (DECEMBER 30, 2013) (ANI) - Leading Tennis players from across the globe converged in southern India to participate in the prestigious 'Chennai Open', tournament with the first match being held on Monday (December 30).

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Addressing a press conference, Indian tennis star, Leander Paes said that he was excited to be a part of the tournament and lauded upcoming players for their expertise in the game.

"For me it is all about reinventing myself, it is all about adapting to each different player. Fognini (Italian Tennis player, Fabio Fognini) is a quite unique character. He has got an amazing game. Last year he had a phenomenal match against Nadal in Beijing if I remember correctly. In singles, phenomenal singles, player, playing really well in doubles as well. So for me with all these different partners, it is just about adapting to their styles, getting them to fine tune a little bit. One day before a big tournament like this, it is not that you can change your style of playing," said Paes.

The 'Chennai Open' is part of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour and is held annually.

Indian tennis player, Rohan Bopanna said he was excited to pair up again withPakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi for the tournament.

"We have had a great partnership when we played last time. So very happy to be back with Aisam Qureshi (Pakistani Tennis player) and the main thing is that I am happy that I am going to be playing with one partner this year, not changing various partners, so that is a huge boost for me," said Bopanna.

Bopanna and Qureshi played last in the ATP World Tour Final in London in 2011 after Bopanna paired with ace Indian Tennis player, Mahesh Bhupati for London Olympic 2012.

Results from the Chennai Open Men's Singles Round one matches are Jiri Vesely(Czech Republic) beat Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (India) 7-5 6-2 Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan) beat Tim Smyczek (U.S.) 6-4 6-2.