Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open

Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open

Infobox ATP Tennis Tournament
Name = Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open
Current =
Logo =
Logo_size = 150px
City = Bangalore
Country = IND
Venue = KSLTA Signature Kingfisher Tennis Stadium
Category = ATP International Series
Surface = Hard / Outdoors
Draw = 32S/32Q/16D
Prize_Money = $416,000
Web_site = []
Notes =

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


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 Ivanisevic, Marcelo Rios 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, [cite news||title=ATP CEO Courts Asian Booming Tennis Market| url =|date =2004-08-30| accessdate =2008-08-25| language =English] 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. [cite news||title=ATP Announces Historic ATP-Level Event in Vietnam| url =|date =2005-04-27| accessdate =2008-08-25| language =English] . After the 2005 edition, the tournament moved once more to a new country, in India, [cite news||title=ATP Announces Second ATP Tournament in India| url =|date =2006-04-10| accessdate =2008-08-25| language =English] taking place in the city of Mumbai first, in 2006 and 2007, and then moving again to Bangalore for the 2008 edition. [cite news||title=Bangalore replaces Mumbai on ATP Tour circuit| url =|date =2008-05-20| accessdate =2008-08-22| language =English] 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 2009 season. [cite news||title=Bangalore Suspended Due to Security Fears| url =|date =2008-08-25| accessdate =2008-08-25| language =English]

Past finals




External links

* [ Official website]
* [ profile]

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