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Bengaluru Open: Blaz Kavcic given top billing

Bengaluru: Slovanian Blaz Kavcic has been given the top billing in the US Dollar 100,000 Bengaluru Open 2017— the ATP Challenger Tour being held at the KSLTA. Kavci, ranked 102 on the ATP list, will meet 248th ranked Brkic Tomislav of Bosnia in the first round on Monday.

Spaniard Adrian Menendez Maceiras, ranked 126 is seeded second and will meet a qualifier while Yuki Bhambri, currently ranked 137, is seeded third and will clash with country-mate Sriram Balaji.

Elias Ymer of Sweden is seeded fourth while Davis Cupper Ramkumar Ramanathan is ranked fifth. American Evan King is seeded sixth while Serbia’s Pedja Krstin and Kazak Aleksandr Nedoyesov are seeded seventh and eighth respectively.

As many as nine Indians have made it to the main draw with the last round of qualifiers slated tomorrow from where four players will make it to the main round. The winner will walk away with a cheque of US Dollar 14,400 and earn 100 ATP points.

The runner-up stands to gain US Dollar 8480 and 60 points. The doubles winner will be richer by US Dollar 6200 while the runners up will take home US Dollar 3600 while earning 100 and 60 points respectively.

Results: Qualifying Rounds: Round-1: Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam (IND) bt Ivan Sabanov (CRO) 6-1, 6-4;Kunal Anand bt (IND) bt Vishal Punna (USA) 6-2, 6-1; Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND) bt Alexey Kedryuk (KAZ) 6-1, 6-2;Vinayak Sharma (IND) bt Ranjeet Virali Murgeshan (w/o); Lakshit Sood bt Milan Radojkovic (SRB) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Shahbaaz Khan (IND) bt Dhakshineswar Suresh 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (3); Anvit Bendre (IND) bt Sidharth Vishwakarma (IND) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Round-2: Chandril Sood (IND) lost to Antoine Escoffier (FRA) 1-6, 1-6;Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam (IND) lost to Borna Gojo (CRO) 3-6, 4-6;Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND) lost to Timur Khabibulin (KAZ) 3-6, 4-6;Naoki Nagakawa (JAP) bt Vinayak Sharma (IND) 6-4, 6-3; Anvit Bendre (IND) lost to Shalva Dzhanashia (RUS) 1-6, 2-6; N Vijay Sundar Prashant (IND) bt Shahbaaz Khan (IND) 6-2, 6-1; Sidharth Rawat (IND) bt Kunal Anand (IND) 6-2, 6-4.

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