In what would come as a blow to tennis followers in India, the way forward for WTA $125Ok occasion in Mumbai appears to be like unsure. With the ladies’s tour calendar skipping the event utterly this yr, it stays to be seen the way it progresses ahead or if it may well preserve its standing as a $125Ok collection occasion.
The event performed its first version in 2017 on the Cricket Membership of India thereby making it the primary WTA event to be held in India in 5 years. The final girls’s tour event to be performed in India was the Royal Indian Open in 2012 in Pune.
Maharashtra State Garden Tennis Affiliation (MSLTA), the organisers for the occasion, have expressed incapacity to carry the occasion this yr and for the long run it could drop to the ITF Ladies’s Circuit as a $50,000 or $75,000 occasion. “We’re proper not ready to take this occasion ahead for this yr, so we’ll take into account doing it subsequent yr,” mentioned Prashant Sutar, Mumbai Open event director, to Occasions of India on Wednesday.
Requested to touch upon the way forward for the occasion utterly, Sutar mentioned: “We are going to come again. The one factor we’re nonetheless evaluating is whether or not to proceed with WTA 125okay Sequence or go together with $50,000 or $75,000. We are going to see no matter is finest for the Indian gamers.”
The information would come as a disappointment for Indian girls gamers akin to Ankita Raina, Karman Kaur Thandi and Pranjala Yadlapalli who see the event as a chance to face high gamers on the planet. Within the two editions, Mumbai Open has seen the inclusion of rising expertise Aryna Sabalenka, Britons Naomi Broady, Laura Robson, Yanina Wickmayer and veteran Sabine Liscki.
In December, Vijay Amritraj had claimed they’re making an attempt to get a WTA occasion to Chennai for 2020 calendar to copy the event town hosted that includes the boys. Chennai Open was later shifted to Pune. “Within the early a part of 2020, we’ll attempt to do a WTA occasion in Chennai. I’ve already made the request. We wish to do an identical sort of occasion that we did for the boys (the ATP 250),” he had mentioned on the time.
“I’ve already spoken to the WTA, they’re very eager to return on board. When it comes to cash, to conduct the occasion, it’s going to in all probability find yourself costing about half of the ATP occasion (the Chennai Open)… about Rs 6-7 crore. Talks have additionally been initiated with the state authorities,” he added.
There was no replace on the event and its viability since.