- Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open
Infobox ATP Tennis Tournament
Name = Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open
Logo_size = 150px
Country = IND
Venue = KSLTA Signature Kingfisher Tennis Stadium
ATP International Series
Surface = Hard / Outdoors
Draw = 32S/32Q/16D
Prize_Money = $416,000
Web_site = [http://www.kingfisherairlinesopen.com/ kingfisherairlinesopen.com]
The Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open (known as the "
Kingfisher AirlinesTennis Open" for sponsorship reasons) is a professional tennistournament 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
1996in 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 Asiain 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 Riosand Magnus Normanreaching the finals. In 2000, the Tier IV Women's Tennis Association(WTA) tournaments of Beijingwas moved to Shanghai, allowing the city to hold both the ATP event, now part of the International Series, and the WTA event.
2004, as the ATP was increasing its presence in Asia, [cite news|author=atptennis.com|title=ATP CEO Courts Asian Booming Tennis Market| url =http://www.atptennis.com/en/media/reports/asia.pdf|date = 2004-08-30| accessdate =2008-08-25| language =English] having brought the Tennis Masters Cupto 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|author=atptennis.com|title=ATP Announces Historic ATP-Level Event in Vietnam| url =http://www.atptennis.com/5/en/media/reports/vietnam.pdf|date = 2005-04-27| accessdate =2008-08-25| language =English] . After the 2005edition, the tournament moved once more to a new country, in India, [cite news|author=atptennis.com|title=ATP Announces Second ATP Tournament in India| url =http://www.atptennis.com/5/en/media/reports/06_mumbai.pdf|date = 2006-04-10| accessdate =2008-08-25| language =English] taking place in the city of Mumbaifirst, in 2006and 2007, and then moving again to Bangalorefor the 2008edition. [cite news|author=sportsline.com|title=Bangalore replaces Mumbai on ATP Tour circuit| url = http://www.sportsline.com/tennis/story/10834314|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 2009season. [cite news|author=atptennis.com|title=Bangalore Suspended Due to Security Fears| url = http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/bangalore_security.asp|date = 2008-08-25| accessdate =2008-08-25| language =English]
* [http://www.kingfisherairlinesopen.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.atptennis.com/en/tournaments/profile/3465.asp atptennis.com profile]
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