Chennai: Some of the top tennis players, including world No. 6 Tomas Berdych and No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic, are set to take part in the 18th Aircel Chennai Open 2013 to be held here from December 31.
This will be 26-year-old Berdych's second visit to the tournament, while Tipsarevic will open his new season at the Chennai Open for the fifth successive year. "We are pleased to announce the participation of two top-10 players. Tomas Berdych had a huge fan following in India after he reached the semifinals in 2011. He has had a great year thus far and we are sure he will continue his winning streak in Chennai," President of Tamil Nadu Tennis Association, M A Alagappan said.
"Tipsarevic is a regular to Chennai and loves to play here. He has been doing well in 2012 and I am sure his presence will ensure that fans will get to see some fantastic games being played during the tournament. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome him to India," he added.
Berdych, who started 2012 with a win in the Hopman Cup for the Czech Republic with compatriot Petra Kvitova, continued his top form throughout the year. He reached his career best at the US Open Championships where he stalled the progress of Roger Federer to enter the quarter-finals. In September, Berdych led the Czech team to victory to set-up a face-off against Spain in the Davis Cup final which would be held later this year.
He seized his second ATP title of 2012 by rallying past top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Stockholm Open and is now looking ahead at the upcoming Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Tipsarevic also had a productive year, besides leading his country to a Davis Cup first round win over Sweden, he compiled a 15-5 record during the spring European clay swing. It was highlighted by a semi-final run at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid. Tipsarevic beat Novak Djokovic 7-6(2), 6-3 in the quarter-finals, before losing to Federer 6-2, 6-3 in the semi-finals.
The right-hander then reached the Barcelona quarterfinals before bowing out to Nadal. However, he helped Serbia win the ATP World Tour Team Championship title at Dusseldorf. Tipsarevic captured his first ATP World Tour clay-court title with a hard-fought 6-4 5-7 6-3 win over second seed Juan Monaco. He had a perfect close to the season by qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals but his run was halted by Juan Del Porto in the second match.
The 2013 edition of Chennai Open will feature Tom Annear, who has worked at the Sony Open for the last 17 years, as the new Tournament Director.