This week Sumit played at a new ATP tournament in Sardinia, ATP on clay while Ramkumar played a challenger in Spain. Sumit qualified thru to the main draw with a couple of good wins in qualifying but ran into red hot Serbian Laslo Djere in first round while Ramkumar lost to 17 year old prodigious Spanish talent Carloz Alcaraz in 2 hard fought sets. Interestingly, both the players who beat the Indians, went on to win their respective tournaments. So, hopefully we will see our players having this breakthrough type of tournament soon.

Credits – La Presse
Ramkumar Ramanathan vs Carlos Alcaraz (Photo – Tournament Team)

These are results for our players –

ATP 250 Sardinia Open ATP (Clay)

[Q1] (6) Sumit Nagal (IND,127) d. Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA,273) 63 63

[Q2] (6) Sumit Nagal (IND,127) d. (2) Andrez Martin (SVK,102) 64 62

[R1]  (6) Sumit Nagal (IND,129) l. Laslo Djere (SRB,74) 36 16

ATP Alicante Challenger 80

[R1]  Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,207) l. Caros Alcaraz (ESP,158) 67(4) 67(3)

In doubles, our pairs of Purav Raja with Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sriram Balaji with Luca Margaroli won their first round matches but lost in the quarter finals

Sriram Balaji and Luca Margaroli at the ATP Alicante Challenger
Divij Sharan and partner Jackson Withrow lost in the 1st round of the ATP 250 Cologne Open in Germany (Photo – Florian Buechting)

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