Tamil Nadu (TN) government announced that Chennai will be the host of Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) 250, which will start on September 26, 2022, and last till October 2, 2022.
For the very first time since 2017, Chennai will return back in the global tennis scenario. On Saturday, M.K. Stalin, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, presented the Indian tennis star, Vijay Amritraj, who is also the President of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA), with a written statement from the TN government approving the event.
The government of Tamil Nadu will be the primary sponsor of the $250,000 event, which will be the first WTA 250 Tour event organized in India.
Vijay Amritraj said, “We are grateful to the Chief Minister for his full support. He has been brilliant in giving us all the support and the pace at which we have been able to get everything sorted is incredible.
“We just now need to get the final formalities, paperwork and protocols sorted with the WTA and the tournament owners.
“After my first meeting with the CM where he was very keen to host an international sporting event, we were able to find a slot, especially with events in China getting cancelled.”
The format of the tournament according to Amritraj will follow a 32-player draw, with 24 direct entries, four wildcards, and four qualifiers for the singles. In qualifiers, there will be 24 players and 16 in the doubles portion.