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The Chennai Open WTA $250,000 International Women’s Tennis Championships will be held at the SDAT Tennis Stadium in Lake Area, Nungambakkam from September 12th to 18th, 2022. The qualifying matches will begin on Saturday, the 10th September and will be played over the weekend. 

The Chennai Open WTA $250,000 event will be the first ever international women’s tournament of this stature to be held in namma Chennai. The tournament has attracted some of the biggest names in the women’s tennis circuit such as world no 17 Caroline Garcia from France,world no 29 Alison Riske-Amritraj, no 33 Elise Mertens and Wimbledon 2022 semi finalist Tatjana Maria. 

The tournament will have a draw of 32 in which 22 will be direct entries, 6 Qualifiers and 4 wildcards. The winner of the singles title will earn $33,200 and 280 WTA ranking points and the runner-up will earn $19,750 and 180 WTA points. The doubles event will feature 16 number of teams and $ 12,000 is the winners pay cheque with 280 points and the runners up will make $ 6,700 and 180 points. 

Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard has been given one of the wildcards in the tournament. Eugenie had a breakthrough year in 2014 when she reached the finals of Wimbledon and was a semi finalist at both the Australian Open and the French Open. These performances catapulted her into the top 5 in the world rankings that year. The second wildcard has been awarded to India’s very own Ankita Raina, currently ranked No 326 in the world. 

Matches will be played from 5pm onwards daily at the Nungambakkam Tennis Stadium. The finals of the Chennai Open will be held on the 18th of September 2022 at 5pm followed by a glittering awards ceremony. 

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Holding events of the stature of the Chennai Open right here in Chennai gives wonderful opportunities to players and sports fans alike. Indian tennis players will get the opportunity to participate in a world class event right at home and this will give them much needed exposure and act as a confidence booster when they realise they can compete with the best in the world. Younger talent will also be inspired watching top ranked tennis players right at home. With tickets being priced nominally, sports fans, who only get to watch events of this standard online or on the television, will get to see top players up close and be able to enjoy some top class tennis.

The Chennai Open WTA $250,000 International Women’s Tennis Championships will be covered by the media and the press from all over the world and this will give the players, organisers and the city of Chennai a boost in terms of publicity. 

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Chennai, as a city with adequate infrastructure and availability of qualified personnel fully capable of holding an international level tournament will be shown to the world and this will help showcase the city as a tourist destination as well. 

The SDAT tennis stadium at Nungambakkam was built in 1995 and has since seen plenty of top class tennis action with the ATP men’s tournament that was held here for 21 years, until 2017. Bringing back the Chennai Open, in a new avatar, as a women’s tournament, will once again put the spotlight on this fabulous piece of infrastructure maintained by The Sports Development Authority of a Tamil Nadu. The centre court has a capacity of 5900 and the atmosphere is electric when it is packed. 

The Chennai Open also provides employment to more than 250 people who contribute in various ways to the successful conduct of the tournament. A cultural extravaganza is usually held as a precursor to the tournament and this gives players from outside the country a glimpse into India’s diverse traditions as well as giving them a chance to relax and let their hair down. 

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Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is the global leader in women’s professional sports. The WTA is one of the world’s most recognisable and high profile organisations consisting of more than 1650 tennis players representing approximately 85 nations, all competing to earn WTA ranking points and prestigious tournament titles. 

The Hologic WTA tour comprises over 50 events and 4 Grand Slams, held annually, over 6 continents and nearly 30 countries and regions with a global audience of over 700 million.