Being in the august company of names such as Venus Williams and Pat Cash, among others, during the Champions Tennis League will be a great opportunity for Indian youngsters to learn and take their game to the next level, says the country's top singles player Somdev Devvarman.
In the wake of Sports Ministry's diktat of not to extend financial help to athletes who prefer professional commitment over representing India, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Thursday insisted her first priority would always be to play for the country.
Hours after the government made it clear that it would not extend financial help to athletes skipping important international events, the AITA today sought to clarify the stand taken by three top tennis players, who had preferred ATP Tour over the Incheon Asian Games.
Taking exception to top Indian tennis players who were reluctant to compete in the recent Asian Games, the Sports Ministry on Wednesay said individual players will be able to avail grants from it only if they undertake to be available for India whenever called upon.
Riding on his maiden Challenger title win, Saketh Myneni today leapfrogged 168 places to be ranked 283 in the ATP singles chart while Ramkumar Ramanathan achieved a career-best spot of 226 following his semifinal appearance at the just-concluded Indore Open.
Indian Davis Cupper and World No.143 tennis player Somdev Devvarman was Saturday named the third seed while Yuki Bhambri, ranked 183, was seeded seventh for the Oct 18-25 KPIT-MSLTA ATP Challenger to be played at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here.
Ramkumar Ramanathan proved his ascendancy in Indian tennis yet again as he knocked out Yuki Bhambri from the ATP Indore Open even as India's top player Somdev Devvarman also made an early exit, here today.
A day after being felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his Asian Games exploits, India's Saketh Myneni toppled Belgian seventh seed Kimmer Coppejans to move to the singles quarterfinals of the ATP Indore Open, here on Wednesday.
Multiple Grand Slam winner Venus Williams was on Wednesday revealed as one of the players, who will compete in the upcoming Champion Tennis League (CTL) for the Bangalore team while India's top singles player Somdev Devvarman was named in the Chandigarh Franchisee.