Hard opener for Nagal, Ramanathan in Tata Open Maharashtra

PUNE: the best individual players in India will try to exploit home conditions while they are veterans Leander Paes will be seen in action for the last time here when the Tata Open Maharashtra starts monday

Left-handed Prajnesh faces Yannick Maden, ranked 125, while Sumit Nagal He is fighting against former Serbian Viktor Troicki of the top 20 in their respective first round matches.

Both are the only direct participants in the main draw of male singles in which five Indians compete.

Troicki has been sensational in the recent past. Association Novak Djokovic , led Serbia to the triumph of the ATP Cup. Troicki entered the main draw with an easy 6-2, 6-4 victory over Russia's Evgeny Karlovskiy in the final qualifying round on Sunday.

Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sasi Mukund and Arjun Kadhe have received the jokers. Ramkumar will be seen in action on Monday when he competes against the seventh Italian seed Salvatore Caruso.

For Paes, who has been awarded a wild card with fellow Australian Mathew Ebden, it could be his last tournament in India if he doesn't play at the Bengaluru Open.

This edition is special in more ways than one, while celebrating 25 years of the tournament in India, this will also be the last chance for Tennis Fans to watch Leander play live in Pune," said Sunder Iyer, Secretary of Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA).

The Serbian Nikola Milojevic, the Italian Roberto Marcora and the Czech player Lucas Rosol also reached the main draw of singles with victories in their respective final round match in the ATP 250 event qualifiers.

While Milojevic thrashed the Dutch Robin Haase 6-3, 6-3, Marcora annoyed the Slovenian Blaz Rola 6-4, 7-6 in a very close clash.

In the fourth match of the final qualifying round, Rosol won a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Ebden.