Heartbreak for Prajnesh as Nagal will get final direct berth

Mumbai, August 28

Prajnesh Gunneswaran flew midway internationally within the hope of sneaking into the US Open’s predominant draw however suffered an costly let-down when he missed out by a single spot. The match’s organisers (USTA) didn’t maintain qualifiers this yr in a bid to cut back the variety of folks of their bio-secure bubble in New York and Gunneswaran’s compatriot Sumit Nagal was the final man to get a direct entry within the preliminary record. World No. 122 Nagal will play world No. 128 Bradley Klahn of USA within the opening spherical on Monday.

Gunneswaran arrived in New York the evening earlier than Thursday’s US Open draw and watched Egypt’s Mohamed Safwat, positioned simply forward of him within the record of alternates, sneak in. There might nonetheless be extra US Open withdrawals earlier than it begins on Monday however the USTA’s Covid-19 protocols imply that vacant spots shall be stuffed from the doubles draw.

Osaka adjustments thoughts

Naomi Osaka will play Elise Mertens within the Western & Southern Open semifinals. File picture

New York: Naomi Osaka has determined to play her semifinal on the Western & Southern Open after beforehand saying she would withdraw from the match to protest in opposition to racial injustice. The 22-year-old two-time Grand Slam winner was initially scheduled to play her semifinal on Thursday however match organisers determined to postpone all of the last-four matches to Friday. Osaka joined related protests by athletes within the NBA following the police capturing of a Black man in Wisconsin. — Reuters

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