The 2014 tennis season is officially underway, and one of the most exciting events of the first week was the ATP’s only trip to India for the Aircel Chennai Open.
With the Australian Open approaching fast—scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 13—the focus for the Aircel Chennai Open was on which players hit their strides and built momentum heading into the first Grand Slam of the year.
This event didn't have the same star power that the 2014 Brisbane International Open possessed as one of the unofficial warm-up tournaments, but with bona fide stars like Stanislas Wawrinka, Mikhail Youzhny and Fabio Fognini in the field, there was no questioning the importance of the Aircel Chennai Open.
The hard-court surface played to the advantage of Wawrinka, and his experience in the event only continued to build his confidence. The Swiss star won the tournament in 2011 and was runner-up in 2010 before stealing the title once again in 2014.
The defending champion, Janko Tipsarevic, was forced to withdraw from the event while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, according to the tournament’s official website. That guaranteed a new champion would be crowned.
Wawrinka did not miss his opportunity to shine.