Four Indian pairs, besides Paes, to play Chennai Open

The organisers of Chennai Open have given wild cards in the doubles event to four of India's leading tennis players besides Leander Paes, who will partner Andre Sa.

Leander Paes will be seeded third in the upcoming Chennai Open.   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Four Indian pairs apart from veteran Leander Paes will compete in the doubles championship of the ATP Chennai Open as the organisers awarded wild cards to four leading players from the country.

India’s No. 1 singles player Saketh Myneni has been given the wild card for doubles alongside Ramkumar Ramanathan. The other wild card has been given to the pair of N. Sriram Balaji and national champion Vishnu Vardhan. Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan will lead India’s challenge as seventh seeds in the ATP 250 event, beginning at the SDAT Tennis Stadium in Nungambakkam on January 2.

Bopanna, ranked 28 in the world, had partnered Nedunchezhiyan earlier this year for the Chengdu Open in China, where they reached the quarterfinals. The other Indian pair which has got direct entry is of Purav Raja, No. 65 and Divij Sharan (ranked 63rd).

Paes, seven-time Olympian and 18 Grand Slams winner will be India’s biggest attraction in doubles and he has been seeded third with Brazilian partner Andre Sa.

Jonathan Erlich of Israel (ranked 51) and Scott Lipsky of the United States of America (ranked 48) will begin the season opener as the top seeds and favourites for South Asia’s only ATP world tournament.