Chennai Tennis Open

Stan the Man again, Indians still to win


January 13, 2016

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Stan did a hat-trick for the men’s singles

Stan did a hat-trick for the men’s singles

World number four, Swiss tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka won his third Chennai Open title in a row. Indians players still have to win at home, even if their success in double is a promising start.

With “Stan” Wawrinka winning the Chennai Open for the fourth time on January 10th, it seems that there is surely something special between Chennai and him.

After winning the Chennai Open men’s singles title in 2014 and 2015, the Swiss proved himself for the third time in a row in the Chennai Open when he defeated Croat player Borna Coric and won the singles title yet again. Wawrinka also won the title in the year 2011.

Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin won the doubles title after defeating Austin Krajicek and Benoit Paire at the tournament which is also known as the Aircel Chennai Open.

Indian tennis players have delivered many grand wins in years, but never in the history of the Chennai Open did an Indian win the singles title.

However, great players like Sania Mirza, Leander Paes and Sumit Nagal and Somdev Devvarman along with others have proved themselves in the fight for the doubles title.

By going for the doubles, it seems like the Indian Tennis players are choosing an easy path to success. It has been long that any Indian has won in the singles. This affair has been bugging the Indian tennis since long now.

Since 1997, Indians have won Grand Slam titles for the Mixed Doubles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and other Women’s Doubles but India never won a Grand Slam Singles title, both in the Men’s and the Women’s league.

Budding Tennis players need to be trained and disciplined with appropriate coaching and training. Also, economic support and assistance need to be provided to the players.

If adequate support and confidence to the players will be provided, there is a hope that the Indians compete with the best and bring home a singles title soon. Initiatives such as the tennis academy launched by Leander Paes in Mumbai in 2014 are a good start.



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