Bengaluru, Nov 8: Arjun Awardee Saketh Myneni, one of India’s most decorated tennis players in the recent times was, awarded the final Wild Card for the USD 150,000 Bengaluru Open 2018 being played at Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association from November 10.
Saketh joins Suraj Prabodh, defending champion Sumit Nagal and Adil Kalyanpur who got Wild Card entry into the main round of the prestigious event.
Saketh is coming after a semifinal loss in the doubles event of the Shenzhen Challenger last month partnering Ramkumar Ramanathan and is currently ranked 315 in singles on the ATP ranking list, a jump of 298 places after he had finished the year 2017 with a ranking of 613. He is ranked 213 in Doubles.
“ I hope to utilize this opportunity and perform to the best of my abilities,” said Saketh whose only win this season has been the Uzbekistan F2 Futures title and has had a couple of bridesmaid finishes on the Futures Circuit.
Saketh had withdrawn from the last edition of the Bengaluru Open even before he had played his first match due to injury which had flared up. “It is always exciting to play in our home country. I am looking forward to the Bengaluru Open 2018,” said Saketh who had won the Gold medal in Mixed Doubles and a silver in the men’s doubles at the Incheon Asian Games 2014.
Bengaluru Opoen Tournament Director Sunil Yajaman said: “We are happy to confirm the Wild Card to Saketh who has emerged as a revelation to Indian tennis. He has had a phenomenal jump in the rankings in the last few years and went on to represent India in the Davis Cup apart from a stellar performance in the Asian Games." (UNI)