Indian tennis players Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan advanced to the men’s singles second round of the French Open Qualifiers on Tuesday. Nagal beat Italy’s Roberto Marcoca 6-3, 6-3 in around 90 minutes. He will next take on Alejandro Tablio. Ramkumar came back from a set down to beat America’s Michael Mmoh 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3. The opening round match that lasted for an hour and 54 minutes. He will next face Uzbekistan’s veteran Denis Istomin, who beat Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur.
ROLAND GARROS QUALIFYING : SUMIT NAGAL THROUGH TO R2 WITH COMFORTABLE WIN@nagalsumit beat experienced Italian Marcora to register his maiden win at RG
He will take on 23 yo Chilean clay courter Alejandro Tabilo next
[QR1] Sumit Nagal(🇮🇳,142) d. Roberto Marcora(🇮🇹,191) 6-3 6-3 pic.twitter.com/9nxWmTHHsZ
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Mmoh took the first set in comfortable fashion. He broke his opponent’s serve twice and looked in control of the match from that point.
Yet the second set was a different story altogether. Neither man could effect a break, thus the set went to a tie-break. Ramanathan comfortably levelled the score at one set apiece.
Riding on that momentum, the Indian won the first two games of the third set. He then held serve to easily close out the match.
It is worth noting that Ramanathan has never made the main draw of a Grand Slam event. He will be hoping to break that run this year.
However, Prajnesh Gunneswaran crashed out following his first-round defeat, here on Tuesday. The left-handed Prajnesh, seeded 32nd, suffered a rather tame 2-6, 2-6 loss to Germany’s Oscar Otte.
Prajnesh has not competed in the main draw of a Grand Slam since his first round loss in the 2020 Australian Open. In 2019, he had featured in all four Majors.
Nagal, who is currently India’s top ranked male single’s tennis player, hasn’t played in the French Open yet. He did, however, compete at the Australian Open this year.
Ankita Raina, who is India’s lone representative in the women’s singles category, won her first round French Open qualifier. She will now face Belgium’s Greet Minnen on Wednesday.