Indian tennis legend Ramesh Krishnan on Tuesday said lack of domestic competition is the reason behind the dearth of quality players in the country, adding the sport needs to be taken to the far-flung areas to produce future champions.
Continuing to make giant strides, Indian youngster Ramkumar Ramanathan on Tuesday stunned country's number one men's singles player and fourth seed Somdev Devvarman in the USD 50,000 Kolkata Open at the Bengal Tennis Association courts here today.
Courtesy his final appearance at the Delhi Open, Yuki Bhambri jumped 117 places to get to 297 while his conqueror Somdev Devvarman lost two spots to be at 155 in the latest ATP singles ranking, issued on Monday.
India's top tennis players Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri set up the Delhi Open title clash against each other after scoring contrasting victories in their respective semifinals of the USD 100,000 ATP Challenger, here on Saturday.
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.
Wild card Sanam Singh led the Indian charge by knocking out top seed James Duckworth even as Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman were clinical enough to enter the singles quarterfinals of the Delhi Open, here on Thursday.
The likes of Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri might be doing well in the circuit but that's not enough and Indian tennis needs some top class singles players to take the interest to a higher level, Britain's former No 1 Tim Henman said on Sunday.
India's top singles player Somdev Devvarman choked after initially showing promise as he lost to sixth seed Yen Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei in straight sets to crash out of the ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament in the first round here on Tuesday.