Amritraj brothers disappointed with Chennai Open shift
Shifting of India's only ATP event from Chennai to Pune after 21 years has disappointed the Amritraj brothers, Vijay and Anand, who played a key role in bringing the event to the city.
The former Davis Cuppers, who hailed from Chennai, had worked hard to bring the tournament here in 1997 as the Gold Flake Open ATP tournament, generating great fan following.
It also helped the emergence of the famed "Indian Express" comprising Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, who after winning here, went on to become a formidable force on ATP Tour.
"The tournament has been run for 21 years, which is a very long run. It is sad that the city (Chennai) has lost the event. However, it is good that it will remain in India," Vijay Amritraj said.
He recalled the efforts made to bring the ATP event to the country and said, "now that a decision has been made to shift the tournament out of Chennai, it has to be seen how it goes in Pune."
Meanwhile, Anand Amritraj said, "it is a shame that the Chennai Open is moving out of the city. I am
very disappointed." Agencies