Tennis: Former world No. 10 Pouille headlines singles field at Bengaluru Open
Former world No. 10 Lucas Pouille and last year's champion Chun-hsin Tseng will be among the key attractions at the fifth edition of the Bengaluru Open.
Former world No. 10 Lucas Pouille and last year's champion Chun-hsin Tseng will be among the key attractions at the fifth edition of the Bengaluru Open, scheduled from February 20 to 26.
The ATP Challenger event will be organised by the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA) at the KSLTA Stadium here.
"Bengaluru has always been a favourite destination for tennis players from across the world. We are delighted to see a similar response this time around too as some of the top names will be seen battling for the title," said Sunil Yajaman, tournament director of Bengaluru Open.
"The Bengaluru Open has always served as a stepping stone for players to enter the ATP Tour or Grand Slams."
French tennis star Pouille registered the biggest win of his career at the 2016 US Open when he stunned great Rafael Nadal in the fourth round.
Besides making it to the semi-finals at the Australian Open in 2019, the 28-year-old also made the quarter-finals at the Wimbledon and US Open in 2016. He has won five ATP Tour titles.
Pouille and the World No. 110 Tseng will be part of the 32-player singles main draw. Besides 20 direct entries, with a stiff cut off of 230, the main event will also have three wildcards, six qualifiers and three special exempts.
Taiwanese Tseng, 21, on the other hand, lifted the title of Bengaluru Open 1 in 2022 after beating Borna Gojo in the final. Two back-to-back Challenger events took place last year.
Former world No. 39 Mikhail Kukushkin and the 2020 champion James Duckworth, who was once ranked 46 in the world, will be among the other top players to compete at the tournament.
British Ryan Peniston and Czech youngster Dalibor Svrcina will also feature in the singles main draw. Qualifiers will be played from February 19 and 20 while the main draw begins on February 20.