Chennai - French Open champion Stanislas
Wawrinka is looking to give himself the best possible preparation for the first
Grand Slam of 2016 in Melbourne later this month by winning the ATP Chennai
Open, which starts on Monday.
The Swiss is bidding for his third
consecutive Chennai Open title and hopes a victory in India will help propel
him to another major win, just as it did in 2014 and 2015.
Two years ago Wawrinka clinched his first
Slam when he won the Australian Open just weeks after triumphing in southern
India. Last year, Wawrinka followed up victory in Chennai by taking home the
trophy at Roland Garros in June.
"I've always enjoyed coming to
Chennai. The tournament is a nice way to start the season, the fans are great
and I like the atmosphere in the stadium," the 30-year-old said in
comments released by organisers.
"2015 has been an amazing year and
2016 is already around the corner. I want to continue to do well, win
tournaments, and go deep at the Slams. And hopefully I get a great start into
the season in Chennai again," he added.
Wawrinka, ranked fourth in the world, also
won in Chennai in 2011 and is the top seed in the $480 000 tournament.
His closest challenger is likely to be number
two seed Kevin Anderson. The big-serving South African has a 4-4 record against
Wawrinka but says he's not thinking too much about his opponents.
"I typically try to focus on my own
game and I know if I do that and execute, I can beat anyone," said the
world number 12.
The final of the Chennai Open takes place
The Australian Open in Melbourne runs from
January 18 to 31.Seedings:
1. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
2. Kevin Anderson (RSA)
3. Benoit Paire (FRA)
4. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
5. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
6. Gilles Muller (LUX)
7. Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
8. Borna Coric (CRO)