Ramkumar and Balaji win India’s first challenger title after 19 months : Week of 6th Sep – Indian Tennis Roundup

US Open

In the US Open Rohan Bopanna & his partner Ivan Dodig were inches away from quarterfinals when they went down 7-6(3) 4-6 6-7(3) to the third seeds Rajeev Ram /Joe Salisbury in a high intensity match.

Photo Credits: Mike Lawrence/USTA

ATP Challenger Tour

Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sriram Balaji won India’s first challenger title when they won the doubles title at Cassis challenger in France. Ramkumar also had a nice run in singles when he made it to the QF coming through the qualifiers. We had a couple of teams playing doubles but they lost in first round. Sumit Nagal played in a challenger on clay in Bosnia-Herzegovina where he had a good first round win but lost in second round. 

Photo Courtesy: Cassis Open Province /Maxence Boussard

These are the summaried results of our players in challengers this week-

At Cassis Challenger 80, France (Hard)

[Q1] (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,204) d. (WC) Petros Tsitsipas (GRE,727) 64 64

[Q2] (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,204) d. Arthur Cazaux (FRA,359), 64 62

[R1] (Q) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,204) d. Ernests Gulbis (LAT,205) 63 06 62

[R2] (Q) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,204) d. Hugo Grenier (FRA,241), 46 63 64

[QF] (Q) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,204) l. (8) Liam Broady (GBR,147) 67(7) 46

[R1] (3) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)/ N. Sriram Balaji (IND) bye
[R1] (WC) Aniruddha Chandrashekhar (IND)/ Vignesh Pernamuller (IND) l. Ernesto Escobedo (USA) / Fernando Romboli (BRA), 46 46
[R1] (4) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l. Toshihide Matsui (JPN) / Kaito Uesugi (JPN), 57 16

[QF] (3) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)/ N. Sriram Balaji (IND) vs. Altug Celikbilek (TUR)/ Roman Safiullin (RUS), walkover

[SF] (3) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)/ N. Sriram Balaji (IND) d. Ernesto Escobedo (USA) / Fernando Romboli (BRA), 63 62

[F] (3) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)/ N. Sriram Balaji (IND) d. (2) Hans Hach Verdugo (MEX)/ Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX), 64 36 [10-6]

Photo Courtesy: Cassis Open Province /Maxence Boussard

At Banja Luka Challenger 80, Bosnia-Herzegovina (Clay)

[R1] (5) Sumit Nagal (IND,164) d. Nicolas Alvarez (ECU,384) 61 62

[R2] (5) Sumit Nagal (IND,164) l. Carlos Gomez-Herrera (ESP,383) 63 16 46

ITF Tour

On the ITF tour, Nitin Kumar Sinha beat compatriate Rishab Agarwal in first round before losing in second round.

These are summarised results of our players in the main draws of ITF tour.

At M15 Cairo, Egypt (Clay)

[R1] Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND,1126) d. (8) Rishab Agarwal (IND,928) 76)4) 06 64

[R2] Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND,1126) l. Santiago De la fuente (ARG,NR) 46 67(6)

At M15 Monastir, Tunisia

[R1] Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam (IND,1004) d. Fabrizio Andaloro (ITA,NR) 63 76(4)

[R2] Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam (IND,1004) l. (3) Dane Sweeny (AUS,571) 64 63

 At W15 Monsatir, Tunisia

[R1] Srvya Sivani Chilakalapuddi (IND,1100) l. Martina Capuro Taborda (ARG,1285) 26 36

[R1] Sahaja Yamlapalli (IND,NR) l. (2) Yexin Ma (CHN,590) 36 36’

ITF Junior Tour

On the ITF junior tour, we had our first winner at J2 level abroad when Nishant Dabas won the H2 title on clay in Cairo, Egypt. He beat 3 higher ranked players on the way to the title. 

These are his results this week-

At J2 Cairo, Egypt (Clay)

[R1] Nishant Dabas (IND,171) d. (2) Marcel Kamrowski (POL,85) 62 61
[R2] Nishant Dabas (IND,171) d. Ahmed Zaki (EGY,679) 64 60
[QF] Nishant Dabas (IND,171) d. Cooper Williams (USA,179) 63 64
[SF] Nishant Dabas (IND,171) d. (3) Ilia Simakin (RUS,106) 63 36 76(6)
[F] Nishant Dabas (IND,171) d. Walid Ahouda (MAR,157) 60 64

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