Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open

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Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open
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Tournament information
Founded 1996
Abolished 2007
Location Bangalore
India
Venue KSLTA Signature Kingfisher Tennis Stadium
Category ATP International Series
Surface Hard / Outdoors
Draw 32S/32Q/16D
Prize money $416,000
Website kingfisherairlinesopen.com

The Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open (known as the Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open for sponsorship reasons) was a professional men's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was part of the International Series of the ATP Tour. It was held annually in Bangalore, India.

History[edit]

The 2007 Mens doubles finals in action at CCI Tennis courts in Mumbai

The tournament was first created in 1996 in Shanghai, People's Republic of China, on indoor carpet courts and as part of the ATP World Series. The second new tournament started by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) in Asia in three years, after the Beijing Open, created in 1993, the Shanghai event ran as a men's only tournament during four years, seeing the likes of Michael Chang, Goran Ivanišević, Marcelo Ríos and Magnus Norman reaching the finals. In 2000, the Tier IV Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tournaments of Beijing was moved to Shanghai, allowing the city to hold both the ATP event, now part of the International Series, and the WTA event.

In 2004, as the ATP was increasing its presence in Asia,[1] having brought the Tennis Masters Cup to Shanghai in 2002, working on moving several events to different new locations, the ATP and WTA Shanghai tournaments were both relocated, with the women's, now a Tier II tournament, returning to Beijing, and the men's moving to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.[2] After the 2005 edition, the tournament moved once more to a new country, in India,[3] taking place in the city of Mumbai first, in 2006 and 2007, and then moving again to Bangalore for the 2008 edition.[4] The first event to be held in the new location, though, was cancelled due to security fears, and the first Bangalore Open consequently postponed to the next season.[5] In 2009 a new tournament in Asia was created to replace it, the Malaysian Open, located on Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[6]

Past finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Location Year Champion Runner-up Score
Bangalore 2008–09 Not Held
Mumbai 2007 France Richard Gasquet Belgium Olivier Rochus 6–3, 6–4
2006 Russia Dmitry Tursunov Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(7–5)
Ho Chi Minh City 2005 Sweden Jonas Björkman Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Shanghai 2004 Argentina Guillermo Cañas Germany Lars Burgsmüller 6–1, 6–0
2003 Australia Mark Philippoussis Czech Republic Jiří Novák 6–2, 6–1
2002 Not Held
2001 Germany Rainer Schüttler Switzerland Michel Kratochvil 6–3, 6–4
2000 Sweden Magnus Norman Netherlands Sjeng Schalken 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
1999 Sweden Magnus Norman Chile Marcelo Ríos 2–6, 6–3, 7–5
1998 United States Michael Chang Croatia Goran Ivanišević 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
1997 Slovakia Ján Krošlák Russia Alexander Volkov 6–2, 7–6(7–2)
1996 Russia Andrei Olhovskiy The Bahamas Mark Knowles 7–6(7–5), 6–2

Doubles[edit]

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
Bangalore 2008–09 Not Held
Mumbai 2007 Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Finland Jarkko Nieminen
India Rohan Bopanna
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5)
2006 Croatia Mario Ančić
India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Rohan Bopanna
India Mustafa Ghouse
6–4, 6–7(6–8), 10–8
Ho Chi Minh City 2005 Germany Lars Burgsmüller
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber
Australia Ashley Fisher
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
5–6(7–3), 6–4, 6–2 [a]
Shanghai 2004 United States Jared Palmer
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
United States Rick Leach
United States Brian MacPhie
4–6, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(13–11)
2003 Australia Wayne Arthurs
Australia Paul Hanley
China Shao Xuan Zeng
China Ben-qiang Zu
6–2, 6–4
2002 Not Held
2001 Zimbabwe Byron Black
Japan Thomas Shimada
South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
South Africa Robbie Koenig
6–2, 3–6, 7–5
2000 Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Netherlands Sjeng Schalken
Czech Republic Petr Pála
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
6–2, 3–6, 6–4
1999 Canada Sébastien Lareau
Canada Daniel Nestor
Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
7–5, 6–3
1998 India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–4, 6–7, 7–6
1997 Belarus Max Mirnyi
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
Sweden Tomas Nydahl
Italy Stefano Pescosolido
7–6, 6–7, 7–5
1996 The Bahamas Mark Knowles
The Bahamas Roger Smith
United States Jim Grabb
Australia Michael Tebbutt
4–6, 6–2, 7–6

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tie-breaks were held at 5–5 and not 6–6 in this tournament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ atptennis.com (2004-08-30). "ATP CEO Courts Asian Booming Tennis Market". Retrieved 2008-08-25. [dead link]
  2. ^ atptennis.com (2005-04-27). "ATP Announces Historic ATP-Level Event in Vietnam". Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  3. ^ atptennis.com (2006-04-10). "ATP Announces Second ATP Tournament in India". Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  4. ^ sportsline.com (2008-05-20). "Bangalore replaces Mumbai on ATP Tour circuit". Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  5. ^ atptennis.com (2008-08-25). "Bangalore Suspended Due to Security Fears". Retrieved 2008-08-25. [dead link]
  6. ^ atpworldtour.com (2009-06-26). "Kuala Lumpur Confirmed As Newest Stop On ATP World Tour". Retrieved 2009-06-26. 

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