Internet Desk: The tennis lovers in India will definitely be happy to listen that star tennis players like, Roger Federar and Rafael Nadal might feature in Maharashtra Open, said tournament director Prashant Sutar.
“This year we have a star line-up with the likes of Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson and the likes of former World No.5 Tommy Robredo playing in the qualifiers, it shows the level of competitiveness in the tournament. From what I understand, Federer and Nadal have a contract with Brisbane(Open) for 2018 but after that we will try our best to get them on board,” Sutar told News18.
It was earlier called as Chennai Open, but after it moved to Pune from Chennai, the organizers named it as Maharashtra Open. It is South Asia’s only ATP 250 tournament and players like Boris Becker, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Carlos Moya graced this tournament.
According to Iyer the most challenging has been getting in the crowd especially in the start of the tournament for the early round matches.
“Pune is a tennis loving city, we had almost 2500 people turn up for the Challengers recently and with some top players in action, getting the crowds won’t be such a difficult thing. We are expecting good crowd for the tournament,” Iyer said.