Match Reports

Mixed Day For Indians at the French Open – Qualifying Day 1 Report

It was a mixed day for Indians at the Roland Garros Day I of qualifying. Only Prajnesh Gunneswaran made it past the opening hurdle, as Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan faltered after fighting hard for three sets. It was a holiday in Paris and it attracted one of its biggest audiences today. A brief match …

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Ramkumar goes down to Cilic after a decent fight at ATP 250 Tata Open Maharashtra

India No. 2 Ramkumar Ramanathan fought his heart out against top seed and World No. 6 Marin Cilic, going down 4-6 3-6. There was a decent turnout for this match, despite the Maharashtra Bandh affecting the city. The tennis lovers were treated to some delightful tennis. When asked about the crowd, Ramkumar said “It’s always …

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Yuki loses to 8th seed Herbert – A match of missed opportunities

India’s best hope, Yuki Bhambri, couldn’t continue his good work from last night, bowing out to the 8th seed from France, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, in three tight sets. Yuki had ample opportunities to turn the 3rd set in his favour, opening up 0-40 opportunities on the first two service games of Herbert. But he was unable …

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Yuki overcomes a spirited Arjun Kadhe – To face 8th seed Herbert next at the ATP 250 Tata Open Maharashtra

India No. 1 Yuki Bhambri got off to sound start at the country’s only ATP World Tour event in the inaugural Tata Open Maharashtra, as he quelled the challenge of local boy Arjun Kadhe in straight sets, 6-3 6-4. Yuki will now take on 8th seeded serve-and-volley player Pierre-Hugues Herbert from France tomorrow. On his …

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Sumit goes down bravely in his first ATP Main Draw Match

There are about 20-30 people on Court 1 at the Balewadi Stadium, to see the country’s new 20 year old tennis sensation, doing battle in his first match at the ATP Main Draw level. And there’s Mahesh Bhupathi in attendance too, who’s driven down from Bombay to analyse and witness his protege’s rapid progress in …

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Sumit Nagal qualifies for his maiden ATP Main Draw – Qualifying Day 2 Report from ATP 250 Tata Open Maharashtra

It has been a great last few months for 20 year old Indian tennis prodigy, Sumit Nagal, first winning his maiden ATP Challenger title in Bangalore, and now qualifying for his first ATP Tour level main draw in Pune. Autocorrect suggests me to change Nagal to Nadal, but I’ll stick to Nagal, and wait for …

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Qualifying Day 1 Report – ATP 250 Tata Open Maharashtra

It was a day full of activities at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune. The excitement on everyone’s faces, be it the players, fans, organisers, or media people, was clearly visible. The Singles Draw ceremony was graced by stars of the yesteryears, Mr. Vijay Amritraj, and Mr. Nandan Bal. Not to forget the late cameo by …

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