Celebrating 20 years 1996-2015

1996

  • With Thomas Enqvist and Mark Petchey's first tennis match in Delhi, the seeds of India's first and only ATP World Tour stop were sown and the Chennai Open was born in 1996. It was christened The McDowell Open.

  • Thomas Enqvist won the singles title after beating Byron Black 6-2,7-6 in the final. Swede pair Jonas Bjorkman and Nicklas Kulti triumphed against Byron Black and Sandon Stolle to win the doubles title.

1997

  • In 1997, it was moved to Chennai as the Gold Flake Open.

  • Mikael Tillstrom defeated Alex Radulescu 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to win the singles event. It was Tillstrom's 1st title of the year and the 2nd of his career.

  • The dynamic duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes played magnificently beating their contemporaries, Oleg Ogorodov of Uzbekistan and Eyal Ran of Israel by scoring 7-6, 7-5.

1998

  • Boris Becker was without a shadow of doubt the hero in 1998. The German was a big hit with the Chennai crowd, who thronged the stadium to get a glimpse of the superstar. But the fans' excitement didn't last long as the three-time Wimbledon champion was packed off by Gerard Solves of France in the second round itself.

  • But the early departure of one big name paved the way for another as Australian Patrick Rafter justified his top billing by winning the title. Leander Paes' best singles show came that year as he reached the semi-final before losing to Rafter.

1999

  • Dark horse Byron Black of Zimbabwe emerged triumphant in the singles with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 victory over German Rainer Schuttler.

  • The doubles title was retained for the third year running by the Indian duo of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over second seeds Wayne Black of Zimbabwe and Neville Godwin of South Africa.

2000

  • World no. 38 Frenchman Jerome Golmard emerged triumphant in his first tournament after a seven month injury break, beating surprise finalist Markus Hantschk of Germany 6-3, 6-7(6-8), 6-3 to claim the singles title.

  • Julien Boutter of France and Christophe Rochus of Belgium beat India's new heroes Prahlad Srinath and Saurav Panja 7-5, 6-1 to win the doubles title in straight sets.

2001

  • This year, the finals was contested by a new breed of international tennis stars. In a match that ended in a closely fought tie-breaker, Michal Tabara beat Andrei Stoliarov 6-2, 7-6(7-4), with both players playing their first ever ATP final.

  • In the doubles, the top Indian doubles pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi fell at the semis, paving the way for Byron & Wayne Black to win their first ATP doubles title together, accounting for Barry Cowan and Mose Navarra 6-3,6-4.

2002

  • Top seed Guillermo Canas battled it out with the 22-year old 'Thai-ger' Paradorn Srichaphan. The Argentinian won a match that was closer than the score would indicate - 6-4, 7-6, though it was the Thai player who endeared himself to the crowd and proved he was a player to watch out for.

  • The doubles event saw Paes & Bhupathi come back after losing the first set against the Czechs, Fukarek & Cibulec, to lift their fourth doubles title in Chennai, winning 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.

2003

  • After losing the final in the previous edition, Paradorn Srichaphan, a local favourite, steamrolled to the 2003 final without dropping a set. Srichaphan elevated his game to win his third ATP tour title thrashing Karol Kucera of Slovakia 6-3 6-1 in 69 minutes, thus emerging as a force to reckon with in world tennis.

  • Julian Knowle of Austria and Michael Kholmann of Germany stunned the fourth seeded Czech combine of Frantisek Cermak and Leos Friedl 7-6 (7/1) 7-6 (7/3) to lift the doubles title. The keenly-contested match saw booming serves and brilliant winners with the two pairs reserving their best for the tie-break in both the sets after 22 of the 24 games went on serve.

2004

  • Former world number one Carlos Moya of Spain started the ATP season in style, dethroning defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan in a closely fought duel for supremacy. Playing before a packed stadium, Moya beat the Thai star 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 (5) in a match that lasted 114 minutes.

  • In the doubles final, unseeded Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo of Spain scored an upset over top seeds Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel in another thriller that lasted over two hours. Nadal and Robredo won their first career doubles title 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3. This was only the second time Robredo and Nadal had played doubles together at an ATP event.

2005

  • In the singles final, defending champion Carlos Moya of Spain played the game of his career to snatch a win from the jaws of defeat beating Thai star Paradorn Srichaphan 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). In a repeat final of last year, Moya quelled the challenge of Srichaphan, who was playing his fourth successive final in Chennai, in two hours and 35 minutes before a 6000-strong crowd that had thronged the Nungambakkam tennis stadium.

  • The unheralded pair of Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei and Rainer Schuettler of Germany fought the key points well and survived a match point to defeat the top-seeded pair of Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden and Mahesh Bhupathi of India 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(4) in the Chennai Open doubles final.

2006

  • Twice defending champion Carlos Moya of Spain reached the final for the third straight year with a 6-4 6-7 7-6 victory over Czech Radek Stepanek. Benefiting from Stepanek's string of errors in the final set's tiebreaker, Moya, 29, clinched the semifinal contest with a deft crosscourt placement to stay on course for his third straight Chennai open title.

  • Prakash Amritraj and Rohan Bopanna, the Indian wild cards scored an upset win over second seeded Rainer Schuettler and Alexander Waske, to enter the final of the Chennai Open doubles although with many twists and turns. The Indians, who seemed to have lost momentum after winning the first set, came back strongly in the match tie-breaker to win 6-1, 3-6, 11-9. In the doubles final, however, the duo squandered a second set 5-0 lead, losing the title match in straight sets to higher ranked Peter Pala (Czech) and Michal Mertinak (SVK) 6-2 7-5 in 70 minutes.

2007

  • Xavier Malisse created history in the Chennai Open Championships by being the first to win both the singles and doubles title back to back. Malisse had beaten World Number II Rafael Nadal and Koubek had overcome Chennai's favourite Carlos Moya in the semi-finals.

  • Playing about half an hour after winning the singles title over unseeded Austrian Stefan Koubek 6-1 6-3, he secured the doubles title with compatriot Dick Norman, prevailing over the wildcard Spanish duo of Rafael Nadal and Bartolome Salva-Vidal 7-6(4) 7-6(4).

2008

  • One match in particular stood out- the semi-final clash between World No.2 Rafael Nadal and World No.17 and Chennai favourite Carlos Moya turned out to be the longest 3 set match in ATP and Chennai Open history at the time with Nadal coming out on top. The 21-year-old French Open champion won 6-7 7-6 7-6 after former world number one and twice Chennai winner Moya pushed him to the brink in a classic contest between two friends.

  • In the final, the Spaniard looked stiff and exhausted from the start against fourth seed Mikhail Youzhny, clearly showing the effect of his marathon four-hour semi-final win and was thrashed 6-0,6-1 by the Russian.

2009

  • Somdev Devvarman's sensational run at the Chennai Open after beating the likes of Carlos Moya and Ivo Karlovic, met with an anti-climactic end as the Indian lost the fiercely fought singles final to world number 27 and third seed Marin Cilic of Croatia 4-6, 6-7 (3). It was the first time in the 14-year history of the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament that Croatia and India had been represented in the singles final.

  • The unseeded American pair of Eric Butorac and Rajeev Ram lifted the Chennai Open doubles title after defeating Swiss pair of Jean-Claude Scherrer and Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets in the final. The winners dropped only eight games before making the final and beat their opponents 6-3 6-4 in the final of the hard court event

2010

  • Marin Cilic beat third-seeded Swiss ace Stanislas Wawrinka in the final to become the second player after Carlos Moya to win two successive Chennai Open titles. Second seeded Cilic, won the two-hour, 40-minute clash 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3).

  • Robin Soderling was the top seed, but was handed a crushing 6-4 7-5 defeat by unheralded American Robby Ginepri in the opening round.

  • Two-time winner Carlos Moya bid farewell to the Chennai before announcing his retirement from the sport at the end of the season.

2011

  • World No. 98 Kei Nishikori made a dream start to the 2011 ATP World Tour season as he ousted two-time defending champion Marin Cilic, 4-6, 7-6(0), 6-2, in the first round.

  • Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka lifted his fifth ATP World Tour title and second Chennai Open trophy after a convincing 7-5,6-2 straight sets win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the final.

  • Top seeds and home favourites Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes enjoyed the perfect reunion after seven years as they won the doubles title for the fifth time with a 6-2, 6-7(3), 10-7 victory over Robin Haase and David Martin on Sunday.

2012

  • 21-year-old Canadian Milos Raonic , named the ATP's newcomer of 2011 edged out top seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 to take the singles crown in a marathon match that lasted three hours and 16 minutes. The six feet, five inches tall Raonic blasted 35 aces against Tipsarevic's eight to win only his second career title.

  • The third seed Indo-Serbian pair of Leander Paes and Janko Tipsarevic won the doubles title defeating fourth seed Israeli duo of Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets. In a match that lasted 73 minutes, the local favourites won their first title together and Paes' sixth doubles title here.

2013

  • In a tournament where top seeds Marin Cilic, Stanislas Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych crashed out in the early rounds, Serbian Janko Tipsarevic finally got his due. In his fifth straight showing at Chennai, the world No. 9 staved off an early charge by Roberto Bautista-Agut 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to win the title.

  • 2011 Champion Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland and Benoit Paire of France trounced the Russian-American pair of Raven Kaalsen and Nicholas Monroe 6-7 (9), 6-4, 10-8 in a competitive semi-final match to make it to the doubles final and went on to win the doubles crown with an easy 6-2, 6-1 victory over the German pair of Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich.

2014

  • 19 year-old City boy Ramkumar Ramanthan, playing his maiden main draw match at an ATP event, stretched Somdev Devvarman to a three-setter before eventually slaying him 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a first-round match that spanned over two hours.

  • Yuki Bhambri became only the third Indian to reach the singles quarterfinals of an ATP World Tour event.

  • World No. 52 Edouard Roger-Vasselin got the better of his higher-ranked opponent Marcel Granollers 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in an engaging two-hour semi-final encounter only to lose the final in straight sets against Top seed and 2011 winner Stanislas Wawrinka.