Chennai: It is going to be a tennis packed New Year as the Chennai Open gets underway in the city on Monday.A wide-open field promises edge of the seat tennis action in the week ahead.There is world no. 2 Rafael Nadal from Spain and the other top favourite is world no. 8 David Nalbandian from Argentina. Nadal who has had an outstanding match record of five titles last year cannot wait to get cracking. "It is my first tournament after being out of action for a month." Nadal takes on Rainer Schuettler in his opening match. Scheuttler who has beaten Nadal once but lost twice in the past said he is no push over."I had injuries but I am fit now. I have nothing to lose and will do my best," said Rainer Schuettler.Home favouritesThere are also the home crowd favourites, two-time Chennai Open Champion Carlos Moya and the no. 1 Asian star Paradorn Srichaphan."I've been practising well. Will take it one step at a time," said Carlos Moya, World No 43.But the Chennai Open this year is without its biggest attraction- Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi. The doubles pair had won three titles in a row and another in 2002. This time around Leander's partner Martin Damm has opted for another ATP event in Doha and Mahesh is nursing a wrist injury. In a bid to make up for this disappointment on court a slew of activities 'off court' have been lined up. But that is no match for the Lee-Hesh magic.
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