The Canberra Challenger is a tennis tournament held in Canberra, Australia since 2016. The event is part of the ATP Challenger Tour and is played on outdoor hard courts.As per Indian prospect all eyes will be on Ramkumar Ramanathan and top Indian player in ATP ranking Prajnesh Gunneswaran.
But both Indian have tricky draw. As both are in same half and will clash each other in round of 16 if both won their opening two round.
Ramkumar Ramanathan will be up against world number 123, 20 year old Emil Ruusuvuori if Finland. Emil have good last year, won 3 of last 6 tournament he have played. He had beaten world number four Dominic Thiem in Devi’s cup tie against Austria and win his both single matches.
Ramkumar Ramanathan had also beaten Thiem in the second round on grass in the ATP event in Antalya in 2017, on way to the quarterfinals.
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If Ramkumar beat him he will be up against 3rd seeded 18 year old Jannik Sinner of Italy. Sinner is also coming from winning last tournament at Italy.
Taking about Prajnesh Gunneswaran he has comparability easy first round match. He will be up against Kubler Jason of Australia. Taro Denial who is seeded 13th will be up against Prajnesh if he won opening round. World number 64 Taro has first round bye.
30 year old Prajnesh is currently best Indian in ATP ranking rank 94 in world. But he and Ramkumar Ramanathan don’t won any tournament last year. Both will like to forget last year performance and try to put best show here.
World number 175 Ramkumar Ramanathan has said earlier this year that he will be eyeing top 80 spot this year. And this tournament will be crutial for him and Prajnesh as both will be targeting good performance at first grandslam of year Australia open later this month.
Prajnesh have so far won two Challenger tour while Ramkumar is yet to won single title in world Challenger tour. He have played three final in Challenger tour. Former world number 111 Ramkumar is also yet to play in main draw of Any Grand Slam. Ramkumar have won four double title in Challenger tour three of them he won last year.
The hazardous smoke haze hovering over the capital has forced Tennis ACT and ATP officials to relocate the Canberra International to Bendigo.
Tournament officials made the decision to move the men’s Challenger 125 and women’s World Tennis Tour event interstate on Thursday night as weather conditions continue to deteriorate in Canberra and southern New South Wales.
Eight players in the men’s top 100 were set to launch their Australian Open preparations in the capital, including former Canberra Challenger winner Andreas Seppi and world no.57 Ugo Humbert.
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