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