Vishnu aiming to improve ranking before year-end

Updated: Oct 22, 2012, 18:29 PM IST

Mumbai: Indian Davis Cup player Vishnu Vardhan, who is the top seed at the USD 15,000 CCI-ITF Futures tennis tournament here, has set his sights on improving his ATP ranking to at least 240 in singles.

The 25-year-old six-footer from Secunderabad, ranked 267 in the world going into the 13th Futures event conducted in India, said his main aim is to improve his ranking ahead of the Australian Open in January 2013.

"I will be focusing both on singles and doubles, more on the singles. In singles my aim is to dip under 240 so that I get a chance to play in the Australian Open qualifiers. In doubles I want to break into the top 200," said Vishnu during a media interaction at the Cricket Club of India.

Saying that his experience of playing with doubles specialist Leander Paes in the London Olympics was great, Vishnu said it also helped him a lot during India`s Davis Cup campaign against New Zealand later.

"It has been a great year for me. I got a great opportunity to play in the Olympics. I would not have made it but for Leander`s ranking. The experience of playing against the top players in the world helped me in the Davis Cup too," said Vishnu who got a lucky entry into the Games singles event too after the late withdrawal of German Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Vishnu, who was ranked just beyond 300 in singles before the Games and improved it substantially later, lost in straight sets in the opening round against Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia in the London Olympics.

Vishnu, who won his first singles encounter in the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group I play-off tie against New Zealand and also won the doubles with Divij Sharan to give India a winning 3-0 lead, said the tie was not easy though the hosts won 5-0.

"We won 5-0 but it was not an easy victory. The matches could have gone either way. Yuki (Bhambri) had to fight back from 0-2. We had to win (doubles) in five sets. If I had been forced to play the reverse singles (Sanam Singh replaced him in the dead rubber), it would have been tough," he said.