Chennai: With some of the world's best players vying for the top honours, the doubles field of the upcoming ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament looks stronger than even the singles draw.
Three of the top-20 singles players along with some of the world's top doubles specialists will compete for honours in the ensuing 20th edition of the event starting here on January 5.
According to a press release by the organisers of the lone ATP event in South Asia, in addition to a thrilling line up of singles players, including four from the top 25 and three ATP World Tour Award winners, the doubles field would have three of the world's top 20 singles players.
Besides, some of the doubles specialists such as Stan Wawrinka, Roberto Bautista Agut, Feliciano Lopez, Max Mirnyi, Ivan Dogic, Mate Pavic, Andre Bagemann, Robin Haase, Johan Brunstrom, Nicholas Monroe, Oliver Marach and Michael Venus would also be seen in action.
Together with the Brisbane International and Qatar ExxonMobil Open, the Aircel Chennai Open is among the first tournaments of the ATP World Tour's 2015 season.
Other top players include Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia Lopez, Yen-Hsun Lu and Jonathan Marray, Frantisek Cermak and Jiri Vesely, and Gilles Muller and Igor Sijsling.
The organisers recently announced the granting of Doubles wildcards to India's top tennis players Mahesh Bhupathi, Saketh Myneni, Sriram Balaji and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan.
Including the previously announced two wildcards only 12 of the 16 doubles teams have been finalised so far. The last four entries will be finalised on January 3.
World No. 14 Feliciano Lopez will partner the well-known world number 47 Max Mirnyi. The experienced pair made it to the finals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel Tournament in Acapulco.
Mirnyi, a winner of 48 titles, became a doubles specialist following his singles career in which he reached a career-high of World No. 18 (August 2003) and finished in the top 50 in the world for seven straight years.
Doubles world number 12 Ivan Dodig will pair up with world number 56 Mate Pavic. With partner Marcelo Melo, Dodig reached the finals of four tournaments in 2014.
In 2013, the duo won the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Shanghai. Pavic is an Aircel Chennai Open doubles finalist from last year. In 2012 and 2013, the duo of Dodig and Pavic reached the finals of Zagreb Indoors Tournament.
Germany's Andre Begemann and Netherlands Robin Haase will come together yet again and use their winning experience from Gstaad this year. The pair also did well at the French Open where they reached the third round.
Defending his title, which he won with Frederik Nielsen in Chennai last year, world number 55 Johan Brunstromis is all set to be back this time with World No. 65 Nicholas Monroe.