Paire Leads The Way In Pune; All You Need To Know
Frenchman Benoit Paire leads the charge at the Tata Open Maharashtra, one of three ATP 250 tournaments held in the week following the Australian Open. Paire, 30, is making his eighth tournament appearance and is a two-time semi-finalist (2017, 2018). He has made a strong start to his 2020 campaign, reaching his ninth tour-level final at the ASB Classic in Auckland (l. to Humbert).
The Pune singles field also includes Ricardas Berankis, Stefano Travaglia, Soonwoo Kwon, Ivo Karlovic, Cedrik-Marcel Stebe and India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran. Last year in Pune, a 39-year-old Karlovic became the oldest player to reach a tour-level final since a 43-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1977 (Hong Kong).
Former champions of the event, which used to be held in Chennai, include former World No. 1s Pat Rafter and Carlos Moya. Stan Wawrinka owns a record four singles trophies at this tournament. Home favourite Leander Paes leads the way in doubles with six titles.
Here's all you need to know about the Pune tennis tournament: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who has won and more.
Tournament Dates: 3-9 February 2020 (25th edition)
Tournament Director: Prashant Sutar
Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 1 February at 3pm
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Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Saturday and Sunday at 3pm
* Main draw: Monday to Friday at 3:30pm, Saturday at 5:00pm
* Doubles final: Sunday, 9 February at 3pm
* Singles final: Sunday, 9 February not before 5pm
Venue: Balewadi Stadium
Main Court Seating: 4,000
Prize Money: US $546,355 (Total Financial Commitment: US $610,010)
Most Titles, Singles: Stan Wawrinka (4)
Most Titles, Doubles: Leander Paes (6)
Oldest Champion: Gilles Simon, 33, in 2018
Youngest Champion: Marin Cilic, 20, in 2009
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 4 Patrick Rafter in 1998 and Stan Wawrinka in 2015-16
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 96 Michal Tabara in 2001
Most Match Wins: Stan Wawrinka (23)
Singles:  Kevin Anderson (RSA) d Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 76(4) 67(2) 76(5) Read More
Doubles:  Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Divji Sharan (IND) d Luke Bambridge (GBR) / Jonnny O'Mara (GBR) 63 64 Read More
Did You Know... The tournament debuted in 1996 in New Delhi before relocating to Chennai the following year. It found its new home in Pune in 2018.