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Bengaluru Open: Yuki, Pragnesh, Ramkumar lead Indian charge

Agencies, Bengaluru

Slavak star Blaz Kavcic has been given the top billing, while Davis Cuppers Yuki Bhambri, Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan will lead the charge among Indians in the USD 100,000 Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger series tennis tournament that will be held at KSLTA stadium here from November 20.

In a draw of 32, 22 players have earned a direct entry while there will be four wildcards and four qualifiers. Two other players from exempted category will complete the draw. The top seed for the event is Blaz, who is ranked under top 100 in the ATP rankings and is followed by Radu Albot from Maldova.

The event has attracted players from 20 countries, apart from the Indians. Speaking to reporters, Karnataka Youth Service Minister Pramod Madhwaraj said the government intend to promote sports at the highest level and Bengaluru Open is the biggest event on the ATP curcuit in the Asian region.

The Bengaluru event will be the final stop of the five-legged ATP sujourn in Asia. Former national coach and Development Officer Sunil Yajaman would be the Tournament Director, while Frenchman Stephane Cretois would be the ATP Supervisor for the event.

Doubles would be keenly contested affair as Divij Sharan who has breached his career best of top-50 and Olympian Vishnu Vardhan would be the key attraction.

The local challenge comes in the form of Mysuru lads Suraj R Prabodh, a runner-up in National Championship and Prajwal Dev who will have to come through the qualifiers’ category.

 

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