After Stanislas Wawrinka confirmed his participation for the 2016 edition of the Chennai Open, the Swiss will be joined by the big-serving Kevin Anderson, who will also look for some much-needed match practice in this warm-up tournament to the Australian Open.

Wawrinka is one of the veterans of the Chennai Open now as well as the defending champion, and now it looks like the world number four's biggest threat will come from Anderson, currently ranked number 12 in the world, with the big South African set to make his debut in the tournament.

"I am very pleased to start the 2016 season by playing at the Aircel Chennai Open and look forward to coming back to India," Anderson, who has had a pretty impressive 2015, said.

"I have heard about the great competitive nature of this tournament and support of tennis loving fans from players on the tour.

"It's a great country and it will be special if I can make a strong start to the season here."

With players of Anderson's ilk joining Wawrinka, who beat the South African in the quarterfinals of the US Open this year, the Chennai Open wears a pretty exciting and competitive look, with India's only premier ATP tournament all set to mark its 20th anniversary in 2016.

The Chennai Open will be played from 4 January to 10 January, 2016.