Marin Cilic, the world number six and 2014 US Open Champion is set to make a return to India. He will also be joined by world number 14 Roberto Bautista Agut, number 27 Albert Ramos-Vinolas, number 35 Martin Klizan and world number 48 Borna Coric for the Aircel Chennai Open which takes place at the SDAT Tennis Stadium in Nungambakkam come the New Year.
Familiar foes return
Two former top ten players in Tommy Robredo and Mikhail Youzhny will make their returns to India next year. After a 12 year absence, the Spaniard has decided to start his season in Chennai, with the Russian coming back after two years away.
Robredo, a former world number 5, is a high profiled player having won ten titles on the ATP circuit and going on to win three Davis Cup titles. His only appearance came back in 2004, where he and Rafael Nadal teamed up to go all the way in the doubles.
For Youzhny, he is one of the most popular players in India after going on to win the trophy back in 2008 defeating Nadal. His last visit did not end too well with him having to pull out of his second round match.
"This is an impressive lineup," Tom Annear, Aircel Chennai Open's Tournament Director, said. "Tennis fans in India can expect high-quality tennis this year," he added.
India's biggest hope will be the 22-year-old hero and wildcard Ramkumar Ramanathan, who travels between India and Chennai in order to pursue a successful career. Ramanathan made his name in 2014, where he defeated fellow Indian Somdev Devvarman. He is currently part of the Indian Davis Cup team and has been for a number of years.
"We have great faith in Ram," TNTA president MA Alagappan said. "We believe he will go a long way in world tennis. Moreover, India's fans love him and will give him all the support that he needs."
The season opener will see players from a range of countries partake. Argentina, Belgium, France, Taipei and Israel will be represented in the draw.
"It is great to see so many star players confirming their presence for the Aircel Chennai Open this year. We are quite sure that it will be a thrilling experience for the fans to see so many of their favourite stars live in action," TNTA president MA Alagappan added.