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Updated: 16-01-2019 19:58 IST

Prajnesh Gunneswaran top seeded for Chennai Open ATP

Chennai,Jan 16 (PTI): India's top singles player Prajnesh

Gunneswaran headlines the field for the second edition of the

Chennai Open ATP Challenger 80 tennis tournament, to be held

at the SDAT Nungambakkam stadium here from February 4 to 10.

The tournament, to be organised by Tamil Nadu Tennis

Association, carries a prize money of USD 54,500.

Prajnesh, currently ranked 109 on the ATP list, had

recently qualified for the Australian Open, the year's first

Grand Slam before losing in the first round.

Japan's Yuichi Sugita, ranked 145, Courentin Moutet of

France (151), Martinez Pedro of Spain (165) and Mohamad Safwat

of Egypt (186) would be seeded behind Chennai player Prajnesh,

a press release here from TNTA said.

The other Indians in the fray are Saketh Myneni, who is

on a comeback trail and the young Sasikumar Mukund.

The cut-off for the singles draw is 341, the release


Apart from the Indians in the main draw on the basis of

their ranking, four others would also find a place as wild


Players from countries, including Australia, the USA,

South Korea, Japan, Egypt, New Zealand, Serbia, Spain and

Germany are among those expected to participate in the


"The tournament will benefit Indian players to improve

their ranking and break into the top 100 in the world," TNTA

presidet Vijay Amritraj was quoted as saying in the release.

The doubles draw is also likely to feature a number of

Indian players.