1) Aslan Karatsev (Russia)
Currently ranked 20 in the world, Karatsev is the highest ranked player to feature at this year’s Tata Open Maharashtra.
Born in Vladikavkaz, Russia, Karatsev made his ATP debut in 2013 and has made steady progress. After a turbulent time in 2020 with absence of tournaments due to the coronavirus pandemic, Karatsev returned to the professional tour stronger than ever, achieving one milestone after the other including a steep rise in the rankings achieving a career high ranking of 15, winning the mixed doubles silver at the Tokyo Olympics with Elena Vesnina, stunning tennis great Djokovic in his own backyard as well as playing a vital role in Russia’s Davis Cup triumph.
In a glorious 2021, Karatsev also claimed his first two singles titles (ATP 500 Dubai Open and ATP 250 Kremlin Cup). During his appearance at the Australian Open last year, he became the first player in the Open Era to reach Grand Slam semifinals on his main draw debut.
Having beaten 13 top-10 ranked players, including Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Grigor Dimitrov, Marin Cilic, Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov, the star Russian player will undoubtedly start as the strongest title contender during his maiden appearance in Pune.

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