New York, August 5
Young Indian tennis participant Sumit Nagal is ready to compete in his second Grand Slam most important draw after receiving a direct entry into the US Open, which a number of prime gamers will miss as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
The world No. 127 is the final man to obtain a direct entry, in accordance with the event web site.
It might be Nagal’s second look on the US Open, beginning August 31, and he’s the one Indian within the males’s discipline with Prajnesh Gunneswaran, ranked 132, lacking out.
“It feels good to make a main draw of a Slam again since I have only made one main draw yet. I understand the situation is not the same this year. I am looking to fly to USA after my challengers in Czech Republic,” Nagal advised PTI from Germany earlier than a coaching session.
Last yr, Nagal reached his maiden Grand Slam on the US Open after successful all his qualifying spherical matches to arrange a dream encounter with the legendary Roger Federer.
In the much-anticipated conflict, the 22-year previous from Jhajjar took a set off Federer earlier than happening 6-Four 1-6 2-6 4-6.
Talking about this yr, Nagal stated, “I don’t have much expectations, I just want to go and do what I enjoy which is playing tennis.”
Nagal stated he will not should serve a quarantine interval after he reaches New York.
“We are supposed to stay in a bubble area and can only go to the hotel and back to the courts. We will have COVID-19 tests every second day.”
Three-time US Open champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic headlines the sphere with the likes of Federer and Rafael Nadal giving the event a miss.
While Federer has withdrawn from all competitions this yr owing to a knee damage, defending champion Nadal pulled out as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Former champion Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Fabio Fognini and Gael Monfils are the opposite prime gamers lacking from the boys’s discipline.
“I can’t speak for the people who chose not to play. It’s their own decision and you have to respect that,” stated Nagal when requested a few depleted discipline this yr.
Professional tennis excursions have been on a hiatus since March due to the coronavirus outbreak, with play resuming for ladies at Palermo Ladies Open this week in Italy. PTI