India’s most prestigious Tennis tournament was inaugurated in 1996 in New Delhi as the
McDowell Open. The tournament was subsequently moved to Chennai the next year, a city that
was home to the same for the next two decades, under a variety of banners namely Gold Flake
Open (1997-2001), Tata Open (2002-2004), The Chennai Open (2005-2009) and Aircel
Chennai Open (2010-2017). In 2018, the tournament moved its base to Pune where the
inaugural edition of Tata Open Maharashtra was held.
The tournament falls under the bracket of ATP 250 event and is one of its kind in South Asia.
The Men’s Singles event has 28 players, including 3 wild cards and 4 qualifiers and the Men’s
Doubles event features 16 pairs. A week-long tournament witnesses high-octane Tennis on the
Hard Courts of the Mhalunge Balewadi Tennis Stadium in Pune.
Over the past two decades of the tournament, we have seen a variety of world-class players
grace the event. Pat Rafter, Boris Becker, Guillermo Canas, Carlos Moya, Paradon Srichapan,
Rafael Nadal, Mikhail Youzhny, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Richard Krajicek, Marin Cilic and Stan
Wawrinka to name a few. Apart from that, the tournament has been a regular fixture for Indian
stalwarts such as Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna and more recently Divij
Sharan, Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Purav Raja.
The first edition of Tata Open Maharashtra was a massive success with Gilles Simon taking the
Singles title while the Dutch duo of Matwe Middelkoop & Robin Hasse won the Doubles title.
The 2019 edition saw the top-seeded Kevin Anderson edge past his Croatian opponent Ivo
Karlovic in the tallest-ever ATP Tour Final in the open era to lift the trophy. The Indian duo of
Rohan Bopanna & Divij Sharan clinched the Doubles title.
The third edition of Tata Open Maharashtra marked the 25th year of the ATP Tour event in
India. The unseeded Czech Jiri Vesely defied all the odds and claimed the Singles title while the
duo of Andre Goransson & Christopher Rungkat won the Doubles title. India's legendary
Doubles player Leander Paes' last appearance in the ATP 250 event on home soil became the
highlight of the tournament.
With each passing year, Tata Open Maharashtra is scaling new heights and has become a
platform for the emerging Tennis stars to showcase their caliber to the world.