2015 finalist Bedene to compete in Chennai Open qualifiers

The lowest ranked player who made it into the official player acceptance list is Italy’s Matteo Donati, ranked as high as 207.

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World No. 101 Aljaz Bedene will have to go through qualifying rounds to enter the main draw of Chennai Open.   -  R. Ragu

Britain's Aljaz Bedene, the 2015 Aircel Chennai Open finalist, and South Korea’s talented Chung Hyeon will compete in the qualifying rounds of the 22nd edition of the Aircel Chennai Open to be held here from January 2.

The ATP released a field of 14 players who will be vying for the last four places up for grabs through the tough grind of the qualifiers.

They include players from nine different countries, including from Canada, Russia, Austria and Slovakia. The lowest ranked player who made it into the official player acceptance list is Italy’s Matteo Donati, ranked as high as 207.

With India’s Saketh Myneni (ranked 194) being given a wild card, along with Ramkumar Ramanathan, Croatia’s Franko Skugor (World No. 216) sneaked into the draw.

The qualifying rounds will be held on December 31 and January 1 at the SDAT Tennis Stadium at Nungambakkam.

Croatia’s World No. 6 Marin Cilic will be the biggest draw at the tournament with World No. 14 Roberto Agut (Spain), No. 27 Albert Ramos-Vinolas (Spain), No. 35 Martin Klizan (Slovakia) and No. 48 Borna Coric (Croatia) being the other top players in the fray.

Former Top 10 players — Tommy Robredo (Spain) and Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) — will also be seen in action.