Sumit Nagal was just 10 years old in 2007 when he was first spotted in a Mission 2018 programme, an initiative by Mahesh Bhupathi back in Bengaluru that aimed at producing the country’s first Grand Slam singles champion by 2018.
Bengaluru witnessed another potential career-changing landmark in the life of Sumit Nagal when he was crowned champion in the ATP Bengaluru open. He defeated England’s Briton Jay Clarke 6-3 3-6 6-2 to clinch his maiden ATP Challenger title.
Heartiest Congratulations!!— Vinay Kohli (@kohlivinay20) November 26, 2017
Sumit Nagal concluded his Bengaluru Open campaign with a three-set win over Briton Jay Clarke. pic.twitter.com/WQvqXq5SHB
Sumit Nagal wins maiden Challenger trophy— Yash (@AficionadoYash) November 25, 2017
The 20-year-old, who was ranked 321 at the start of the event, played an aggressive brand of tennis in the finals that earned him 100 ATP ranking points. It is speculated that this victory will leapfrog his rankings more than 80 places to be placed somewhere around 225, his career-best rank. Nagal will join Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan as the third Indian in ATP top 250.
Sumit Nagal lifts the ATP Bengaluru Open Title defeating J. Clarke of Great Britain in the finals.This is the biggest victory of his career! Take a bow 💪— Surinder S Rajput (@airwarriorsingh) November 25, 2017
Sumit Nagal, 20, won his first challenger title at Bangalore today defeating top seeds Blaz Kavcic n Yuki Bhambri. Watched him play at an Itf event this year in chennai where he won that too.— Jay 🤘 (@ajaykanth_) November 25, 2017
Very smart n tactical player. Would love to see him in ATP events more n more.
Born in Haryana, Nagal took to tennis early in childhood. In 2015, he had won the Boys’ Doubles title at Wimbledon which had marked the birth of a tennis sensation. A tight technique to go with his aggressive style of play makes him a force to reckon with. With the age on his side, it won’t be surprising if Nagal dominates the next chapter in Indian tennis