Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri top draws at Kolkata Open

Indian ace Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri will look forward to carry forward their red hot form of the ongoing Delhi Open, even as Australian James Duckworth is likely to get the top billing in the upcoming ATP Challenger Tour at the Bengal Tennis Association courts from February 23-28.

PTI| Updated: Feb 20, 2015, 18:41 PM IST
Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri top draws at Kolkata Open

Kolkata: Indian ace Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri will look forward to carry forward their red hot form of the ongoing Delhi Open, even as Australian James Duckworth is likely to get the top billing in the upcoming ATP Challenger Tour at the Bengal Tennis Association courts from February 23-28.

Rechristened Emami Kolkata Open, the USD 50,000 event will have all the top ranked Indian Davis Cup singles players.

Apart from Devvarman and Bhambri, the main draw will feature three more Indians in Saketh Myneni, Ramkumar Ramanathan and N Sriram Balaji.

All eyes will be on Devvarman and Bhambri, who have made the last four of the ongoing USD 1,00,000 ATP Challenger in Delhi along with Belgians Ruben Bemelmans and Kimmer Coppejans.

Sanam Singh, Sumit Nagal, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Prajnesh Gunneswaran have been given wild cards in the draw of 32, which will also have four making the cut from the qualifying round that will begin on Saturday.

23-year-old Aussie Duckworth is the highest ranked (107), followed by Russian Alexander Kudryavtsev (117) and Devvarman (136) as they are likely to get the top three seedings when the draw is made Sunday.

Duckworth incidentally was ousted by Sanam Singh in pre-quarterfinals of the ongoing Delhi Open.

Kudryavtsev was given the top billing in the last edition of the ATP Challenger in Kolkata, which was won by Serbian Ilija Bozoljac who will also look to defend his crown.