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Devvarman, Paes Search For Silk

Chennai, India

Devvarman, Paes© Aircel Chennai OpenLooking good Somdev! Leander Paes appears impressed.

Indians Leander Paes and Somdev Devvarman visited a local silk tailor in Sri Kumaran Silk Market in Chennai on New Year's Day to film a segment for CNN International's Open Court programme.

Paes, who is hosting the CNN Open Court segment during the Aircel Chennai Open, laid out many options of traditional Indian attire for Devvarman to wear at the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tennis tournament.

Devvarman finally settled on a tradition Indian silk robe and scarf. Both players then posed for pictures and signed autographs for fans in the silk market before making their way back to the courts. 

"It was a fun experience, it was kind of unique interview, Leander interviewing me," said Devvarman. "We were doing a piece for CNN on Indian tennis. It was very well organised. We shot some stuff in the car and when we got to the market."

Paes is partnering Janko Tipsarevic in the doubles competition, while Devvarman is playing with Treat Conrad Huey. Devvarman faces France's Eric Prodon in the singles first round.

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