5 Jan 2009

Security expert for Chennai tennis tournament

5:16 am on 5 January 2009

Organisers of this week's ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament have hired a cricket security expert to look after the safety of players during the week-long event.

Reg Dickason, who supervised security arrangements during England's cricket Test series in India last month in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks, was also roped in for the season-opener.

Tournament organiser Ravi Krishnan, however, stressed that no player had expressed security concerns in the southern city where the first cricket Test between England and India was held.

The 32-man field for the tournament, now in its 14th year, will be led by world No.5 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia and No.13 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.

Others in the fray in India's biggest tennis event are the Croatian duo of Marin Cilic and Ivo Karlovic, besides Spanish veteran Carlos Moya, who won the title in 2005 and 2006.

Russian Mikhail Youzhny won the tournament last year defeating current world number one Rafael Nadal in the final.

Nadal will not return to Chennai this year, preferring to take part in the Doha event being held at the same time.