Previous winners and runners-up
Pat Rafter won the 1998 Chennai Open by beating Mikael Tillstrom 6-3, 6-4. Rafter was World No.1 in 1999, and has also won the Australian Open twice.
In 1999, Byron Black won the title convincingly by beating Rainer Schuttler of Germany. Schuttler was the 2003 runner-up in the Australian Open and a semi-finalist in the 2008 Wimbledon.
In its 25-year history, only three players have won the Chennai or Maharashtra Cup consecutively. Former World No. 1 Carlos Moya won the Cup in 2004 and 2005 beating Paradom Srichapahan both times. Moya coaches tennis legend Rafael Nadal currently.
Stan Wawrinka has won the Chennai Cup four times in total, three of those being consecutive wins. The Swiss player, who has also won three Grand Slam titles, first won the Chennai Open in 2011, before hitting a winning streak from 2014 through to 2016. This makes Wawrinka the most prolific Chennai Cup champion.
Marin Cilic from Croatia has also won two consecutive Chennai Cup titles. He achieved this feat in 2009 and 2010 by beating Somdev Devvarman and Stan Wawrinka, respectively.
Some famous runners-up in the Chennai Open are:
- Mikael Tillstrom
- Rafael Nadal
- Stan Wawrinka
- Xavier Malisse
- Carlos Moya
- Borna Colic
Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest tennis players of our time, lost to Mikhail Youzhny in the 2008 finals. Nadal, as we all know, has won 20 Grand Slam titles and was World No. 1 for 209 weeks.
No Indian player has won this championship so far. In 2009, Somdev Devvarman advanced to the finals, but ultimately lost out to Marin Cilic of Croatia, 6-4, 7-6.
However, Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes have won the men's doubles at this tournament five times in total. They had three consecutive victories from 1997 through to 1999, and were again triumphant in 2002. Astonishingly, the pair were also crowned doubles champions in 2011. Several other Indian players have also succeeded in the Chennai Open men's doubles.
The other Chennai Open champions are:
- Jerome Golmard
- Michal Tabara
- Guillermo Canas
- Paradom Srichapham
- Ivan Ljubicic
- Xavier Malisse
- Milos Raonic
- Janko Tipsarevic
- Roberto Batista Agut
Since the Chennai Open moved to Pune, three players have won this championship. They are Gilles Simon, Kevin Anderson, and Jiri Vesley