Chengdu, October 1, 2017
ISTOMIN LIFTS CHENGDU OPEN TITLE AS BAGHDATIS RETIRES IN FIRST SET WITH BACK INJURY

Erlich and Qureshi pick up maiden title as pair with commanding finals performance Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan captured his first singles title of the year and the second of his career when his opponent Marcos Baghdatis retired with a back injury at 2-3 down on serve after just 24 minutes in today’s singles final of the Chengdu Open 2017.

Istomin was the first to rush over to Baghdatis as the 32-year-old Cypriot sank to the court floor in agony and frustration.

“I knew the situation because I also have a lot of injuries and have had to retire from matches before. Marcos and I are good friends so I wasn’t thinking about winning at all when he went down. First of all, I wanted to help him and see if he was okay. Of course I am happy to win the tournament, but not in this way. I hope Marcos gets better and can continue playing this season. I think it was very respectful for him to come on court and try even though he had started to feel the pain yesterday. He is a nice person and great player,” said the 31-year-old, whose maiden title came in Nottingham ’15.

Despite winning the final via his opponent’s retirement, Istomin has had a tremendous tournament, defeating two seeded players this week - third seeded defending champ Karen Khachanov in the second round and fifth seed Yuichi Sugita yesterday - and admits he is in the kind of form that saw him complete the biggest win of his career over Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open.


Chengdu, September 30, 2017
BAGHDATIS AND ISTOMIN SET TO BATTLE FOR THEIR FIRST SEASON TITLES IN FINAL

Uzbek Denis Istomin put in a commanding performance here in the Chengdu Open semifinal to defeat fifth seed world No. 43 Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-0 in one hour and 38 minutes to make his first final appearance since his maiden career title at Nottingham in 2015 and the fourth overall of his career.

Istomin, who has been strong on serve all tournament, continued in a similar vein in the first set by not facing a single break point and converting both opportunities he had against the Asian No.2.

In an error-strewn second set (with both players hitting the net repeatedly), Sugita first took initiative with a break in the fifth game, but Istomin leveled matters in the eighth game to force a tie-break. At 4-3 up on serve in the tie-break, Istomin looked on course for a straight sets win, but Sugita took four points on the trot to take the tie into a rubber.

In the end, the 29-year-old Japanese, in only his second career semifinal, simply could not sustain his focus after being broken in an intense first game of the third set, and Istomin seized the opportunity to bagel his opponent and closed out the match with his eleventh ace of the match and 40th of the tournament (leads all players).

“It’s my first final in a long time. I’m feeling pretty good today. Even though I lost the second set, I was still in the match but I have to admit he played very well in the second set. In the beginning of the third set, it was up and down but when I broke him - that was the key to the rest of the match. I’m really happy with my serve this tournament. Actually, I’ve been working a lot on my serve and it works, so it’s good,” said the Uzbek, who has a real opportunity at a second career title tomorrow against fairly evenly matched opponents.


Chengdu, September 29, 2017
SUGITA, ISTOMIN AND PELLA MOVE INTO CHENGDU OPEN SINGLES SEMIFINALS AS BAGHDATIS-LU MATCH HALTED BY RAIN

Erlich and Qureshi oust doubles third seeds to make first finals appearance as a pair


Fifth seeded world No.43 Yuichi Sugita’s breakout season continued here at the Chengdu Open 2017 as he marched into his second career semifinal with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-4 victory over Serbian Dusan Lajovic in 63 minutes.

The No.2 Asian won 79% of his first serve points and did not face a single break point in a commanding first set, but the second set was a more closely fought encounter.

Lajovic, who had disposed of second seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round, started strongly with a break in the third game, but 29-year-old Sugita kept his focus and took his opportunities when it came, breaking Lajovic’s serve in the eighth and tenth games to complete the straight sets victory.

“After he broke me in the second set, I thought we were heading for a third set but once I broke him back, I became really confident and put in all my energy to go for the win. I’m happy and maybe also lucky that it worked out. It’s been an amazing year so far and it fires me up to keep playing well in the big tournaments. This experience has been great and now I’m focused on tomorrow’s match,” said Sugita, who captured his maiden title in his first ATP World Tour final at the inaugural Antalya Open in July.


Chengdu, September 28, 2017
TOP SEED THIEM FALLS TO PELLA AS LU UPSETS FOURTH SEED RUBLEV; BAGHDATIS FIGHTS BACK TO DEFEAT IN-FORM GOJOWCZYK

Number one seed and world No. 7 Dominic Thiem failed to live up to his top billing in his opening match here at the Chengdu Open, as Argentinian Guido Pella completed a thrilling 7-6(6), 6-4 victory in one hour and 55 minutes.

The 24-year-old Thiem broke his opponent’s serve in the very first game, but world No. 72 Pella returned the favour in the fourth game to level matters and force a tie-break. Thiem again took the initiative with the first mini-break point of the tie-break, but Pella fought back and eventually took three points on the trot to close out the first set.

In the second set, Thiem saved four match points, including a memorable hawk-eye call that was in by the breadth of a hair, but could not stop the Argentinian from securing his second career victory over him, having already defeated him on the clay courts of Rio last year.

“It was a very tough match. The first set I started a little bit slow and against a player like him, I cannot do that. I think after that I played very good in the first set. Even though I went down at the start of the tie-break, I think I played well in the important moments. In the second set, I broke him once and the last game was unbelievable. I thought I had beaten him but the ball was just in! In the end, I’m very happy to win,” said the world No.72.


Chengdu, September 27, 2017
SECOND, THIRD AND SIXTH SEEDS RAMOS-VINOLAS, KHACHANOV AND EDMUND SUFFER SECOND ROUND DEFEATS

As the Chengdu Open 2017 moved into second round action today, world No. 84 Dusan Lajovic scored the first big upset of the tournament with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over last year’s finalist and singles second seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain to progress to his third quarterfinal of the season.

The Serbian did not face a single break point and converted three of the five break opportunities he created during the 66 minute encounter.

“I played a perfect match I think - I didn’t lose serve once. I wasn’t even in danger on my serve. I cannot complain about anything today. I’ll just try to embrace the feeling and try to play similarly on Friday. Sugita is obviously having a great season so it’s not going to be easy, but I hope that I can win and progress further,” said the 27-year-old.

World No.25 Ramos-Vinolas paid tribute to his opponent’s performance: “I think he played a good match and deserved it. I haven’t played since the US Open and maybe I needed more time to find my rhythm. I just have to keep working and looking forward to the next tournament.”

Singles defending champ and world No.32 #NextGenATP star Karen Khachanov of Russia suffered a similar fate in his opening match, as Uzbek Denis Istomin took just 64 minutes to complete a 6-3, 6-2 rout over the 21-year-old.

Chengdu, September 26, 2017
SIXTH SEED EDMUND AND BAGHDATIS BOOK SECOND ROUND SPOTS AS IN-FORM BASILASHVILI KNOCKS OUT SEVENTH SEED TROICKI

Singles sixth seed Kyle Edmund of Great Britain made short work of his opening match against Aussie Bernard Tomic, racking up nine aces and converting 92% of his first serve points in a 6-4, 6-2 victory lasting 62 minutes to book his second round spot in the Chengdu Open 2017, held here at the Sichuan International Tennis Centre.

“The courts here are pretty quick, quicker than I thought it would be. If you hit good shots, you get rewarded pretty quickly. Both me and Bernard hit the balls quite flat and play a bit aggressive so we didn’t have very long rallies. It’s nice to get out there and get a win after a few weeks off,” said the 22-year-old world No.46, who has fully recovered from the slight neck injury that forced his withdrawal from the US Open early this month.

Former world No.8 Marcos Baghdatis also progressed with a hard-fought 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-4 comeback victory over injury hampered Vasek Pospisil that lasted two hours and 46 minutes on Stadium Court.

The 32-year-old Cypriot has struggled for form this year after returning from injury, enduring an eight-match losing streak from January to June and seeing his ranking drop to its lowest since June ’14 (No.122 on September 11), but believes that he is slowly regaining confidence as the season draws to a close.


Chengdu, September 26, 2017

Chengdu, September 25, 2017
MONTEIRO SURVIVES STRONG CHALLENGE FROM WILD CARD WU TO JOIN FIFTH SEED SUGITA AND DONALDSON IN SECOND ROUND

US Open Junior singles champ and tournament wild card Yibing Wu put up a strong fight tonight in his first ever ATP World Tour match against Thiago Monteiro, winning the first set in some style, but could not sustain his momentum as he fell to a 6-1, 6-7(6), 2-6 defeat in just under two hours.

The 17-year-old, dubbed ‘the next Chinese sensation’, showcased some powerful returns, baseline strokes and net play during a scintillating first set, but his 23-year-old Brazilian opponent eventually adjusted to break Wu in the eleventh and thirteenth games of the second set tie-breaker before sealing his second round spot with a commanding third set performance.

“I would rate my performance about seven out of ten. I ran out of steam half way and must learn to manage my intensity during the match,” said Wu, who is the youngest player in the main draw.

The first match of the day featured a showdown between two #NextGenATP players - American Jared Donaldson (No.58) and Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas (career high of No.117).


Chengdu, September 25, 2017
A DUMPLING TREAT FOR BAGHDATIS AND CORIC

Former world No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis and ATP #NextGen star Borna Coric took some time out Monday morning to explore some Sichuan culinary treats found here in Chengdu. The duo, closely guided by Nelson Ong, the Executive Chef at the St. Regis Chengdu, tried their hands at making traditional Chinese meat dumplings.

“The chef told us that we were very good for our first time - I doubt it but if he says so, I believe him! I’m not really a big fan of spicy food - but I don’t mind having this for lunch today. Overall, I have to say the hotel here in Chengdu is unbelievable, probably one of the best on the whole tour. I haven’t played on Centre Court yet, but I have seen that it is very nice and I look forward to play tomorrow. It’s definitely looks like a very nice tournament to play at. I will be going to the city tonight as well to look around,” said the Croatian 20-year-old world No.55.


Chengdu, September 24, 2017
LOCAL WILD CARDS AND FIFTH SEED SUGITA IN ACTION AS CHENGDU OPEN 2017 MAIN DRAW GETS UNDERWAY TOMORROW
Singles defending champ Khachanov to partner fellow Russian Rublev in doubles first round opener


Four singles first round matches along with one doubles first round tie will be contested tomorrow on Stadium Court as the Chengdu Open 2017 main draw commences here at the Sichuan International Tennis Centre.

Next Gen contender Jared Donaldson will start the day off with his first encounter on Tour against 19-year-old Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas. The 20-year-old American has had a fantastic year so far, reaching the second round or better in four ATP Masters tournaments, including a quarterfinal run at Cincinnati last month that helped him reach his career high of No.51.

Next up, fifth seed and world No. 42 Yuichi Sugita will face Croat qualifier Mate Pavic, with the duo also meeting on Tour for the first time. The 29-year-old Sugita has picked up three Challenger titles this year and lifted his maiden ATP World Tour trophy on the grass courts of Antalya in June. He also made the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters just last month, defeating Karen Khachanov in the third round.


Chengdu, September 24, 2017
YOUNG ATP STARS TAKE CULTURAL TRIP TO ‘WANGJIANG LOU’

This morning, two young ATP stars from the Chengdu Open main draw - American Jared Donaldson and wild card Swede Mikael Ymer - visited ‘Wangjian Lou’, one of Chengdu’s cultural attractions that roughly translates as ‘river view pavilion’.

The duo took part in a game of mini-tennis in the park before learning the ancient local art of Calligraphy from a ‘sifu’ (master).

“There are not a lot of similarities between American and Chinese culture - we don’t have bamboo and cultural places like this. It’s a really beautiful setting. I remember learning calligraphy in the 4th grade but I haven’t practiced it since - I think it did a good job though! I’m lucky to have this opportunity to visit places like these as a profession tennis player, my friends would be jealous! I love playing tennis in Asia and in China. The atmosphere is great and it’s very cool to experience all these different cultures,” said the 20-year-old ATP Next Gen star Donaldson.


Chengdu, September 23, 2017
CHENGDU OPEN 2017 MAIN DRAW ANNOUNCED

The second edition of the Chengdu Open officially got underway today here at the Sichuan International Tennis Center in the Shuangliu province of Chengdu.

Along with qualifying rounds being played over three courts, the highlight of the day was the Singles Main Draw ceremony that was held at 3pm, which featured local rising star and tournament wild card Yibing Wu.

With top four seeds receiving first round byes, early attention will shift to matches featuring the fifth to eighth seeds along with a number of intriguing ties featuring wild cards and closely ranked players.

Fifth seed world No.42 Yuichi Sugita received a favourable tie against a qualifier, while sixth seed world No.45 Kyle Edmund, who has made two semifinals since July, will need to get past former world No.17 (Jan 2016) Bernard Tomic in the first round.

Seventh seeded Serbian Viktor Troicki, a former world No.12, has a potentially tricky tie against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili, who made his second career final at Memphis in February this year and achieved a career best ranking of No.51 in June. The Georgian could yet make his third career final before coming to Chengdu if he overcomes Frenchman Benoît Paire in the semifinal of the Moselle Open later today.

Chengdu, September 23, 2017

Chengdu, September 19, 2017
EXCITING DOUBLES ENTRIES FOR CHENGDU OPEN

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPION ALSO PLAYING DOUBLES


The US$1,138,910 Chengdu Open, played September 23 to October 1 at the Sichuan International Tennis Center, will be hosting a fascinating doubles draw that is a mix of more established doubles players matching it with exciting singles players, who are teaming up for tandem action.

16 teams will make up the doubles draw.

The top seeds will be the Austrian Oliver Marach and Croatian Mate Pavic who have enjoyed a strong 2017 season. They were the Wimbledon finalists and soon after won the doubles at Gstaad. They were also finalists at Antalya and Stuttgart and semi-finalists at Montreal, Lyon, Acapulco and Memphis, and they were quarter-finalists in Munich and Budapest. They also made the last 16 at the recent US Open.

Taking the spot as second seeds will be Julio Peralta and New Zealand’s Michael Venus, who are teaming up for the first time this year and who have both had huge success with other partners. Peralta won Houston so far in ‘17, reached two finals, three semis and four quarters including Roland Garros while Venus won the French Open this year and Estoril, two semis and four quarters including Wimbledon.


Chengdu, September 15, 2017
CHENGDU OPEN WILD CARDS FOR TWO #NEXTGEN STARS OF TENNIS

PROMISING TEENAGERS AND CHINA VETERAN GRANTED WILD CARDS


The US$1,138,910 Chengdu Open, played 23 September to 1 October at the Sichuan International Tennis Center, is awarding wild cards to two teenagers who could quite possibly set their mark on world tennis in the years to come … and one of them is home grown, right here in China.

Wu Yibing the 17 year old from Hangzhou who on September 10th won arguably the most important title for a male player from China so far, the US Open junior boys title, and 19 year old Swede with an Ethiopian heritage, Mikael Ymer, are the lucky recipients of the wild cards. Joining them with a wild card is 26 year old Wu Di.

“We are incredibly excited to award wild cards to these two young players who we believe can be spearheads for the sport in their respective nations,” Tournament Director Nick Freyer said. “To see a young player from China win a tournament like the US Open juniors is a massive achievement, and then also win the doubles title to claim a rare double, is quite remarkable. It is a beautiful moment for all those involved with tennis in China.

“Mikael has also achieved some tremendous success in the juniors having made the junior Wimbledon final in 2015. He has been on the Tour for a little while now and gains experience from his older brother Elias who is also an equally promising pro player.


Chengdu, August 29, 2017
PLAYER FIELD ANNOUNCED FOR CHENGDU OPEN

TERRIFIC MIX OF ESTABLISHED PLAYERS AND THE “NEXTGEN” STARS


The Chengdu Open was excited to recently announce three marquee players for the second edition of the tournament, defending champion Karen Khachanov, Dominic Thiem and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Now the event is pleased to release the official acceptance list for the main draw.

The US$1,138,910 tournament which is the first week of the ATP World Tour’s “Asian Swing”, will be played at the Sichuan International Tennis Centre from September 23 to October 1.

The main draw cut-off is a strong 78; the last player in is Canadian Vasek Pospisil who is the winner of one of the majors having claimed the Wimbledon men’s doubles title in 2014. Pospisil is representing one of 15 different countries with the line-up of nations quite evenly spread – the only nations with more than one player are Russia, France, Argentina and Spain.

“It is a very balanced main draw and that will make it exciting for the fans,” Tournament Director Nick Freyer of IMG said. “We are delighted to welcome the marquee players we announced last week – Karen Khachanov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Dominic Thiem. It is also great to see the spread of young guns such as Jared Donaldson, Borna Coric and Kyle Edmund, matching it with so many established stars like Viktor Troicki, Lu Yen-Hsun and Fernando Verdasco.


Chengdu, August 23, 2017
CHENGDU OPEN ANNOUNCES MARQUEE PLAYERS

THIEM, TSONGA, KHACHANOV WILL HEAD STRONG LINE UP

A year on from its debut and the US$1,138,910 Chengdu Open, is now firmly entrenched as part of the exciting Asian Swing of the ATP World Tour.

The exotic flavours and the sights and sounds of the fabulous Far East and this city, famous for the giant panda, in Sichuan Province in south-western China with a population of 13 million, once again looks forward to hosting exciting established stars and dynamic stars of the future.

The Chengdu Open will be played from 23 September to 1 October at the Sichuan International Tennis Center with the respective draws being 28 singles main draw, 16 pairs in doubles main draw and 16 in the qualifying singles.

The Chengdu Open is delighted to announce the first of the exciting marquee players who will be gracing the courts of the Sichuan International Tennis Center – French Open semi-finalist and world top-ten ranked Austrian Dominic Thiem, the gloriously athletic Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the tournament’s defending champion and sensationally explosive Russian Karen Khachanov. The tournament will announce the full singles entry list in the next few days.