India’s main tennis tournament first started in 1996 in New Delhi. After a short stay in the capital, in 1997 it moved to Chennai to the modern tennis complex SDAT Tennis Stadium. Eleven years later, it was decided to move the competition to Pune, where it is still held today. In 2022, the ATP 250 tournament will be held from January 31 to November 6.
The Tata Open Maharashtra is played on the Mhalunge Balewadi courts on a hard surface. It should be noted that the current name of the competition is not the first one: due to frequent moves and changes in sponsors it has been changed several times. At the moment the IMG Corporation organizes and promotes ATP Pune.
The tournament regularly draws a star-studded lineup of competitors. The most decorated tennis player in the history of ATP Pune is Wawrinka of Switzerland, who won here four times: in 2011 and then three times in a row from 2014 to 2016. The Croatian Cilic (2009-2010) and the Spaniard Moya (2004-2005) have two wins each. Of the top stars, Rafter, Enqvist, Raonic, Bautista Agut and Anderson have also won here at different times.
ATP Pune Prize Money
Currently, the ATP Pune prize pool is a little over $0.5 million, which is distributed among the participants in the following proportions:
ATP Pune Ranking Points
From 1996 to 1999. ATP Pune was part of the World Series, from 2000 to 2008 the International Series. – From 1996 to 1999, the ATP Pune was in the World Series, from 2000 to 2008 it was in the International Series and now is in the ATP 250. In the main draw, 28 competitors start and four more are selected through qualification. Ranking points are distributed in the following order:
Winner – 250 points;
The finalist – 150 points;
Semifinalist – 90 points;
Quarterfinalist – 45 points;
Round of 16 – 20 points;
First round – 0 points.
In 2021 the competition was not held because of the Covid 19 pandemic. In 2020 Jiri Vesely beat Egor Gerasimov 7-6(7-2), 5-7, 6-3 in the final.