Nadal, other tennis greats arrive for Chennai Open 2008

December 29th, 2007 - 10:21 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, Dec 29 (ANI): Rafael Nadal, Marcos Baghdatis and Carlos Moya to name a few, arrived on Saturday in Chennai to take part in 13th edition of the Chennai open

The Chennai open is South Asia’s largest global sporting event and the countrys first ATP International series tennis tournament will begin on December 31 and conclude on January 6 next year.

When asked about his preparations, Marcos Baghdatis said, “I was feeling good and played well at Ronald Garros and Wimbledon. I was feeling so good throughout the tournament in the states, but I didn’t play very well and lost the first match to Max Mryni who played a great match.

My hopes for the masters just went down and I lost a bit of confidence then I fought my way back and I finished the year very well, he added.

This star-studded tennis extravaganza boasts of four top 20 players and eight players who have been at the top 50 during the year 2007, including 15 players who rank among the 100 players in the world.

The star of this year’s tournament is undoubtedly world no.2 Rafael Nadal from Spain,
who has won the French open champion three times in (2005, 06 and 07).

He is followed by giant killer, Austrian open 2006 runner up World no 16
Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus, Carlos Moya from Spain and Mikhail Youzhny from Russia.

A few Indian players have chances of getting a singles berth among the
three wild cards on offer in the 32-player main draw of the USD 436,000
tournament.

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