Mumbai Open Tennis Championships Returns After Six Years

The WTA Mumbai Open returns after a six-year break, featuring players from 31 countries. The tournament boasts a strong lineup, with three top 100 singles players and six top 100 doubles players.

After a six-year hiatus, the Mumbai Open Tennis Championships is set to make a return to the tennis calendar, organized by the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) and Cricket Club of India (CCI). Players from 31 countries will be participating in this WTA $125K series event, showcasing a diverse and competitive lineup.

The third edition of the WTA Mumbai Open has previously seen champions like world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka in 2017 and Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum in 2018. The tournament, taking place at the newly laid tennis courts at the Cricket Club of India, promises an exciting lineup with three top 100 players in the singles category and six top 100 players in the doubles event.

The tournament schedule includes qualifying matches on February 3 and 4, with the main draw action commencing on February 5. The finals are set to take place on February 11. American Kayla Day, the 2016 US Open girls singles champion and world No. 82, will lead the 32-player field, accompanied by notable players such as Japan’s Nao Hibino and former French Open semifinalist Tamara Zidansek.

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Other players in the lineup include American Katie Volynets, Australians Arina Rodionova and Kimberly Birrell, and Brazil’s Laura Pigossi. Sixteen-year-old Russian Alina Korneeva, the former top-ranked junior in the world, will also be in action after reaching the third round of the 2024 Australian Open.

India’s top-ranked doubles player Prarthana Thombare and Dutch partner Arianne Hartono have secured a direct entry into the doubles event, with wild cards expected to be announced soon. Organizers express their excitement to bring world-class tennis back to Mumbai and anticipate strong support from tennis enthusiasts.

“We are delighted to bring back world-class tennis to Mumbai after a gap of a few years. The WTA Mumbai Open has attracted some big names and rising stars in the past,” stated Sanjay Khandare and Pravin Darade, both IAS and members of the Organising Committee. They hope for widespread support from Mumbai’s tennis fans during the tournament.

IANS

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