SDAT Tennis StadiumEdit profile
Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu Tennis Stadium, commonly known as SDAT Stadium, sometimes also called Nungambakkam Tennis Stadium, is located in Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, and plays host for the Chennai Open ATP Tennis championships held in the first week of January every year. The stadium was built in the year 1995 by the Government of Tamil Nadu on the occasion of South Asian Federation Games held in Chennai that year. The stadium has been the venue for Indian Open tennis tournament annually since 1997. The stadium witnessed some dramatic scenes in 1998 when legends like Boris Becker and Patrick Rafter took part in the then named Goldflake Open. Rafter went on to win the tournament. The stadium also witnessed the birth of the celebrated Indian doubles pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi who won the first three editions of the Goldflake Open. The complex has five hard courts including the floodlit centre court which has a seating capacity of about 5800. The third round Davis Cup tie in Asia/Oceania Group I between India and Australia took place at the SDAT Tennis Stadium in May 2009. The stadium will again host a Davis Cup tie from 17-19 September 2010. The India Davis Cup team will play against the Brazil Davis Cup team in the 2010 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs, meaning the winner will be promoted to the 2011 Davis Cup World Group.