Tata Open Maharashtra moves to February from 2020

The introduction of ATP Cup from 2020 meant the first week of the season was getting too crowded to continue the Maharashtra Open as the season opening event.

Kevin Anderson and Ivo Karlovic in action in the men's singles final match of the 2019 TATA Open Maharashhtra.   -  R.Ragu

The 2020 edition of the Tata Open Maharashtra tournament will be held in the first week of February.

“With the introduction of ATP Cup from 2020, week 1 was getting too crowded. ATP gave us the option of moving to Week 5 and we were happy to accept the proposal,” said Prashant Sutar, the Tournament Director, adding, “This will allow us to engage with a new set of players going back to Europe from Australian Open.”

"The new schedule also means the tournament will be a week-long event unlike six days like the past two editions," said Sunder Iyer, Secretary General of the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association.

The event has served as one of the season openers on ATP calendar and attracted several top players over the last two years — Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic, Hyeon Chung, Gilles Simon, Malek Jaziri and Ivo Karlovic to name a few.

This year's edition was held from 31st December 2018 to 5th January 2019, which saw Kevin Anderson defeat Ivo Karlovic — in what was the tallest ATP final then — to win the single's title, while the Indian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan got the better of British duo of Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Hara to win the doubles title.

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