Wawrinka will defend Chennai Open title

The tournament, which will commence on January 4 at the SDAT Nungambakkam stadium, will be the 30-year-old’s eighth visit to Chennai from which he has three singles titles including the last two.

The current year has been rewarding for Wawrinka as he won the French Open in June by beating World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final to add to his Major-kitty which contained the 2014 Australian Open.   -  R Ragu

Two-time Grand Slam champion, Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka will return to the city to defend his Aircel Chennai Open title in 2016. The tournament, which will commence on January 4 at the SDAT Nungambakkam stadium, will be the 30-year-old’s eighth visit to Chennai from which he has three singles titles including the last two.

The current year has been rewarding for Wawrinka as he won the French Open in June by beating World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final to add to his Major-kitty which contained the 2014 Australian Open. In addition he has had semifinal finishes at the Australian Open and U.S. Open and a quarterfinal finish at Wimbledon.

The World No. 4 has already sewed up a spot at the year-end ATP World Tour Finals, the elite competition for the top-eight men in the world.

“Aircel Chennai Open is a great way to start the season, and I look forward to my eighth year at the tournament,” an official release quoted Wawrinka as saying. “The last two years have been extra special since I have gone on to win a Grand Slam each year after a winning start here in Chennai. So, Chennai has become like my good luck charm now!”