Nishchay Rawal,the local lad,looked nervous while playing his first senior professional tournament and,though he has the talent and the temperament,played some double faults that proved costly and eventually he lost the match against Sagar Ahuja,4-6,6-1,4-6,in the first round of the main draw of the ITF men’s futures $15,000 tennis tournament at the CLTA Stadium in Sector 10 on Tuesday. Another CHART trainee,Ranjeet Singh,also fought hard before losing to American Austin Karosi,4-6,4-6. After losing the first set,Ranjeet was broken in the 10th game and from there he lost the second set,4-6. Qualifier Gurinder Singh went down fighting to Kunal Anand,5-7,5-7.
1st Rd singles: Austin Karosi bt. Ranjeet Singh 6-4 6-4; Saketh Myneni bt. Saurabh Patil 7-5 6-1; Vinayak Sharma Kaza bt. Ronak Manuja 7-6(5) 6-3; Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan bt. Vignesh Veerabadran 6-3 3-6 6-0; Yuki Bhambri bt. Abhijeet Tiwari 6-3 6-1; Kunal Anand bt. Gurinder Singh 7-5 7-5; Ronit Singh Bisht bt. Vivek Shokeen 3-0 Ret.; Ashwin Vijayragavan bt. Neeraj Elangovan 6-2 2-0 Ret.; Sagar Ahuja bt. Nischay Rawal 6-4 1-6 6-4; Vishnu Vardhan bt. Vignesh Peranamallur 7-6(4) 6-3; N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt. Lakshit Sood 7-5 6-3; Fariz Mohammed bt. Zach Itzstein 7-5 6-4.
Local favourite Sanam withdraws
On Tuesday afternoon,local fans,who were waiting to watch local favourite Sanam Singh in action,went home disappointed. Just before his first round match against Nischay Rawal,Sanam disclosed that he was nursing a wrist injury and therefore he was withdrawing from the tournament. Last year,in the same tournament,Sanam had won his first ITF futures title after graduating from college. He went on to win a couple of more ITF futures title and also played well to help India win the Davis Cup tie against New Zealand and Indonesia. His withdrawal means that a new champion will be crowned in Chandigarh.