Sumit Nagal returns to his roots for championship glory

After clinching his maiden ATP Challenger title, Nagal has also secured his career-best ranking.

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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.

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.

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

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