Arjun wins double crown in Bengaluru ITF


Rohan Bopanna along with Dennis Shapavalaov upset the 8th seed in Indian Wells first round but lost in second round in a close match.

At ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Dennis Shapovalov (CAN) d. (8) Jamie Murray (GBR) / Bruno Soares (BRA) 76(4) 64

[R2] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Dennis Shapovalov (CAN) l. Santiago Gonzalez (CHI) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin 46 64 4-10

ATP Challenger Tour

Ramkumar made a last minute decision to play challenger in Italy on clay and therefore had to play qualies but lost in first round of qualifying.

He played doubles along side Jeevan and they had a nice upset of second seeds in first round but lost in QF. Divij’s bad form continued as he lost in first round with his Taiwanse partner.

At Roseto Deguli Abruzzi Challenger 80(2), Italy

[Q1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,170) l. Fransceco Mastrelli (ITA,699) 67(3) 36

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND) / Chu-Hsin Tseng (TPE) l. Andrez Martin (SVK) / Tristan-Samuel Weissborn (AUT) 76(4) 26 2-10

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) d. (2) Roman Jebavy (CZE) / Phillip Oswald (AUT) 64 67(1) 10-4

[QF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) l. Andrez Martin (SVK) / Tristan-Samuel Weissborn (AUT) 46 46

ITF Tour

After a long time Prajnesh Gunneswaran played on ITF tour in order to improve his ranking which has come down in the recent weeks. ( although it will get up again this Monday when his last week’s Monterry Challenger results are updated).

But, after couple of decent wins, he lost to former junior world #2 in a long match.

At ITF M25, Bakerfield, California, USA

[R1] (1) Prajnesh Gunneswaran(IND,278)  d. John McNally (USA,608) 61 61

[R2] (1) Prajnesh Gunneswaran(IND,278)  d. Gage Brymer (USA,547) 63 75

[QF] (1) Prajnesh Gunneswaran(IND,278)  l. (6) Adrian Andreev (BUL,411) 67(14) 63 46

India futures series continued this week in Bengaluru and this week Arjun Kadhe was the star as won a double crown both singles and doubles titles. He won his second concecutive singles title against beating Sid Rawat in the final. He also won the doubles title along with Brit Julien Cash.

Arjun wins doubles title too along with Brit Julien Cash.

These are results of our players this week in Bengaluru-

[R1] (1) Sasikumar Mukund (IND,369) d. Rishab Agarwal (IND,1033) 57 63 62
[R1] Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam (IND,996) d. (WC) Tathagat Charantimath (IND,NR) 62 61
[R1] (Q) Paras Dahiya (IND,1382) d. S D Prajwal Dev (IND,955) 67(5) 76(3) 64
[R1] Maks Kasnikowski (POL,969) d. (6) Robert Strombachs (GER,767) 61 64

[R1] (Q) Adil Kalyanpur (IND,1329) d. (3) Lukas Krainer (AUT,592) 46 62 63
[R1] (Q) Digvijay Pratap Singh (IND,1239) d. Dev Javia (IND,1090) 76(4) 61
[R1] Dalwinder Singh (IND,1073) d. Yann Wojcik (POL,975) 64 64
[R1] (5) Arjun Kadhe (IND,668) d. (Q) Rishi Reddy (IND,1308) 64 62

[R1] (8) Julian Cash (GBR,873) d. Constantin Bittoun Kouzmine (FRA,922) 76(1) 64
[R1] Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND,888) d. Enzo Wallart (FRA,925) 26 64 63
[R1] (Q) Daisuke Sumizawa (JPN,1144) d. Nicolas Tepmahc (FRA,1030) 61 75
[R1] (4) Manish Sureshkumar (IND,662) d. Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND,1326) 64 63

[R1] (7) Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha (IND,840) d. (WC) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,1382) 36 62 76(5)
[R1] Nishant Dabas (IND,NR) d. (WC) Nikshep Ballekere Ravikumar (IND,NR) 61 76(10)
[R1] (Q) Ishaque Eqbal (IND,1233) d. (Q) Alexis Canter (GBR,1198) 76(5) 63
[R1] (2) Sidharth Rawat (IND,585) d. Dostanbek Tashbulatov (KAZ,921) 62 60

[R2] (1) Sasikumar Mukund (IND,369) d. Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam (IND,996) 67(8) 75 63
[R2] Maks Kasnikowski (POL,969) d. (Q) Paras Dahiya (IND,1382) 64 61
[R2] (Q) Digvijay Pratap Singh (IND,1239) d. (Q) Adil Kalyanpur (IND,1329) 63 76(2)
[R2] (5) Arjun Kadhe (IND,668) d. Dalwinder Singh (IND,1073) 60 63
[R2] (8) Julian Cash (GBR,873) d. Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND,888) 46 63 62
[R2] (4) Manish Sureshkumar (IND,662) d. (Q) Daisuke Sumizawa (JPN,1144) 63 76(3)
[R2] (7) Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha (IND,840) d. Nishant Dabas (IND,NR) 06 62 62
[R2] (2) Sidharth Rawat (IND,585) d. (Q) Ishaque Eqbal (IND,1233) 64 75

[QF] (1) Sasikumar Mukund (IND,369) l. Maks Kasnikowski (POL,969) 76 67 36
[QF] (5) Arjun Kadhe (IND,668) d. ] (Q) Digvijay Pratap Singh (IND,1239) 75 57 76(2)
[QF] (4) Manish Sureshkumar (IND,662) d. (8) Julian Cash (GBR,873) 67(5) 64 63
[QF] (2) Sidharth Rawat (IND,585) d. (7) Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha (IND,840) 62 64

[SF] (5) Arjun Kadhe (IND,668) d. Maks Kasnikowski (POL,969) 36 64 62

[SF] (2) Sidharth Rawat (IND,585) d. (4) Manish Sureshkumar (IND,662) 62 75

[F] (5) Arjun Kadhe (IND,668) d.(2) Sidharth Rawat (IND,585) 63 36 61

ITF Junior Tour

Currently series of J5 ITF junior tournaments are taking place in India.

Last week in Gurugram, Boys singles title was won by 14 year old Hitesh Chauhan. He had also reached semi final in Srilanka in January. So, he looks to be another one to keep an eye on.

Girls single title went to 16 year old Laxmi Prabha.

This week in Dehardun J5 , boys singles title went to 16 year old Cahir Warik, appears like a new name. But, more significant is 14 year old Rethin Pranav made the final. Have read about him as one for the future and he has made the SF and F in last 2 weeks which is good for a 14 year old.

Girls singles title went again to 16 year old Laxmi Prabha. Back to back titles for her.

Some of our higher level juniors are playing in Europe on clay.

Last week 17 year old Vaishnavi Adkar reached SF of J2 tournament in Valencia, Spain on clay. She was unseeded and beat 7th seed in second round and a player who earlier upset 3rd seed in the QF before losing to 2nd seed in the semi final. Excellent run on European clay which is rare by an Indian junior.

In the same tournament, Rushil Khosla was in boys draw but lost in first round.

This week Manas Dhamne joined Rushil Khosla and Vaishnavi Adkar at J2 in Benicarlo, Spain.

Rushil had a good win over 145th ranked Swiss player in first round before losing to a Serbian who has gone on to reach final beating the top seed in SF. Manas had an easy first round against a wild card but then had a very good upset win over 113rd ranked Italian in second round but lost in QF to second seed and 46th ranked Czeck player after winning the first set.

Both Rushil and Manas will gain a bit in rankings with these performances and will be both somewhere between 150 and 160 in ITF junior rankings. Both Rushil and Manas are currently among top players in their age group in ITF rankings. Rushil is 6th best from among 2006 born players while Manas is top ranked among 2007 born players.

Vaishnavi ran into same player who she lost to in SF last week in first round and lost. She reached doubles semi final though. Some points earned from there will help her move up a few spots from her current ranking of 118.

Looks like Vaishnavi will be able to play junior grand slam qualies at least this year. Manas and Rushik will need some good runs in next few weeks to get near top 100.

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