Chennai: Providing the young Indian players a chance to compete against the best, the organisers of the Chennai Open on Friday granted doubles wild card entries to Davis Cuppers Vishnu Vardhan and Sanam Singh and national champion Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan along with N Sriram Balaji.
Vishnu, who proved his worth at the London Olympics and also during the Davis Cup tie against New Zealand, will pair with diminutive Sanam while Tamil Nadu duo of Balaji and Jeevan will form the other team.
Their addition to the doubles draw means that now at least seven Indians will be seen in five different teams at the USD 430,000 ATP tournament to be held from December 31 to January 6.
Veterans Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna will also feature in the season-opener with their respective partners.
Bhupathi will be teaming up with world no.5 Canada's Daniel Nestor, while world no. 12 Bopanna will partner US-based Rajeev Ram, and world no. 3 Paes will take to the court with new partner Edouard Roger Vasselin of France.
Both Vishnu and Sanam had played singles matches for India against New Zealand in the Davis Cup. Vishnu had also played in the London Olympics with Paes in the men's doubles.
The 24-year-old Sanam is a gold medallist in the 2010 Asian Games.


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