Prajnesh vs. Maden in Round 1
PUNE: The third edition of the Tata Open Maharashtra, which occurred immediately after the Australian Open, may not have attracted the prominent names in men's tennis, but that has not facilitated the draw for the Indians.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran, the country's top-ranked player with 123 on the ATP charts, attracted Germany's 30-year-old Yannick Maden in the first round of the $ 610,000 ATP 250 Series event that starts Monday.
Age and rank similar to the left-handed Indian, Maden had qualified last year for the French Open, where he lost to no less than Rafael Nadal . In 2018, he had defeated former No. 8 Jurgen Melzer in the Wimbledon qualification.
Obviously it is a good draw for both. I haven't studied his game, so I don't know exactly what he does, Gunneswaran said after the draw at the Mhalunge-Balewadi sports complex on Saturday. But I know that my coaches will know enough about him, since he is German. I should have enough tactics and plans, I will try and execute in the match, added Chennai, 30, who trains at Alexander Waske Tennis Academy in Germany.
Paes gets wild card
Remove the legend of doubles Leander Paes and his partner Matthew Ebden, from Australia, received a wild card entry but face second seeds Divij Sharan and from New Zealand Artem Sitak in the first round
Sharan and Rohan Bopanna He had defeated Paes and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varelo of Mexico in the quarterfinals last year.
Purav Raja and Ramkumar, who made the cut just in time, will play the Germans Peter Gojowczyk and Cedric-Marcel Stebe. Winning that round will face the Indian couple against Paes or Sharan.
The Dutch Robin Haase and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden, both winners of the Grand Slam with different partners, are the main sown.