Tata Open Maharashtra, or commonly known as Maharashtra Open, is part of the ATP World Tour 250 in the professional tennis tournament in the men’s division. This event is held annually in New Delhi, India, but then it relocated to Pune. Managed and sponsored by the RISE Worldwide and Maharashtra Lawn Tennis Association, Maharashtra Open is the only tour-level tournament in South Asia.

The Inauguration of the Tata Open Maharashtra

Before the Maharashtra Open became the most prestigious tennis event in India, it was founded in 1996 where it was first held in New Delhi in 1996, where it was inaugurated, then in Chennai. Apparently in 2018, the Maharashtra Lawn Tennis Association had moved the event to Pune. For two decades, Maharashtra Open had held world-class performances from tennis legends, such as Rafael Nadal, Stanislas Wawrinka, and Boris Becker.

To Watch-Out Players in Tata Open Maharashtra

Tata Open Maharashtra is one of the oldest tournaments, which is packed with star-studded tennis players. One of them is Benoit Paire, who is currently at the World Number 24 and has made it to the quarter-finals of the 2019 Tata Open Maharashtra. He is also known as “The Stalk” or “La Tige” because of his thin physique. Also, Ricardas Berankis is currently at World Number 68 who became the first Lithuanian who enter the ATP Top 100. He made his first appearance on the Maharashtra Open’s third edition.

Tata Open Maharashtra’s Response to the Covid-19

With the ongoing case of the Covid-19, it is inevitable for every sporting event to either cancel or postpone the event. Despite the Covid-19 struggles, Tata Open Maharashtra managed to keep their fourth edition and is currently in talks with ATP’s governing body. They are reworking the dates and events of the tournament to bring back the thrill of the tournament to their Indian fans.

The rescheduling of the event would only mean more demands for health protocols and security, as they want players to undergo a 14-day quarantine period and a negative certification of Covid-19. The MSLTA Secretary Sunder Iyer is very supportive of the event to come true since this is considered one of the most prestigious Indian sporting events.

Tata Open Maharashtra’s previous edition was Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely for the singles edition, while Andre Goransson and Christopher Rungkat successfully won the doubles title.