Chennai :  Former champion Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia will return to vie for the Chennai Open title early next year after he was given a wildcard for the $450,000 tournament. The 2013 men’s singles winner was Wednesday confirmed for the event which will host its 20th edition at the SDAT Stadium here Jan 5-11, 2015.

The 30-year-old had also reached the 2012 edition final where he lost to Canadian Milos Raonic in an epic three hour and 14-minute final. Immediately following this match, Tipsarevic won the 2012 doubles crown with Indian ace Leander Paes.

“It gives us joy to know that Janko Tipsarevic is recovering from injury and back in the game. He has confirmed his participation and is starting his season at the Chennai Open, which is fantastic news,” Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) CEO Hiten Joshi said.

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