Indian ATP Event To Be Known As Tata Open Following Five-Year Deal With Tata Sons
India’s leading ATP event will be called the Tata Open Maharashtra 2018, following conglomerate Tata Sons "deciding to associate with the competition via a five-year sponsorship," according to Nandakumar Marar of THE HINDU. Adar Poonawalla "has come in as presenting sponsor," using the Jan. 1-6 tournament at the Balewadi sports complex to showcase the Clean City Initiative. The sponsorships enabled the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association to upgrade the tennis facility at the Balewadi stadium and launch five tennis academies across the state (Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Solapur, Nagpur). The '18 competition has attracted four top-50 players in Croatia’s Marin Čilić, South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, Spain’s Roberto Agut and Robin Haase from The Netherlands. The event is being hosted in Maharashtra for the first time after it was moved from Chennai (THE HINDU, 12/6).