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Sumit Nagal slips out of top 100, Ramkumar Ramanathan rises in latest ATP rankings

Published at :February 22, 2024 at 12:07 AM
Modified at :February 22, 2024 at 12:16 AM
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(Courtesy : Deepthi Indukuri, Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association)

Ajay Gandhar

Slip in rank come following semifinal finish in Bengaluru Open

India’s top-ranked singles player, Sumit Nagal, has fallen out of the top 100 in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday. Nagal, who had achieved a career-high ranking of 98 last month, dropped three places to 101 after failing to defend his points from last year’s Chennai Challenger.

After qualifying for the Chennai Challenger in 2023 and making it to the last four, Nagal earned 41 ranking points. But he could not defend them at the Bengaluru Open, where he also bowed out in the semifinals, earning only 25 points. Nagal, who had a remarkable year, advancing to the second round of the Australian Open for the first time by beating Alexander Bublik, joined the elite club of Indians who broke into the top 100 of the men’s singles rankings after clinching his fifth Chennai Challenger trophy.

Nagal is currently competing in the Pune Challenger, where he is the top seed. He won his first-round match against Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsiou Hsu in straight sets and will face compatriot, Niki Poonacha, in the second round on Thursday.

On the other hand, Ramkumar Ramanathan made a big leap in the rankings, climbing 42 spots to 420. Ramanathan had a stellar performance at the Bengaluru Open, where he defeated several higher-ranked players, including former top-10 star Ernests Gulbis, to reach the final. He lost the title clash to James Duckworth of Australia in three sets.

Another Indian in the top 500, Sasikumar Mukund, slipped 20 places to 457. Mukund had reached the quarterfinals of the Bengaluru Open, but could not repeat his feat from last year, when he had made the final.

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In the doubles, Rohan Bopanna maintained his position as the world number one player, followed by Yuki Bhambri, who moved up one spot to 60. Saketh Myneni, who partnered Bhambri to win the Bengaluru Open title, jumped 16 places to enter the top 100 at 89.

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