Good Sports: TOP 100 TENNIS PLAYER
Indian tennis players have enjoyed plenty of success in grand slam tournaments over the last decade, but almost all of it has been in doubles, not singles. The days of Vijay Amritraj and Ramesh Krishnan reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open seem a distant memory.
These days, just appearing in a grand slam tournament is a significant achievement. India’s top men’s singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran accomplished the feat at this year’s Australian Open when he won a qualifying competition to make his debut in the main draw of a grand slam tournament. The 29-year-old promptly lost in straight sets to Frances Tiafoe of the United States. But a few weeks later, Gunneswaran made another significant debut, this time in the men’s singles Top 100. Ranked No. 97, he is only the third Indian tennis player to crack the Top 100 in the last decade. His next goal: Top 50.
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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