Cincinnati, Aug 13 : Rohan Bopanna of India, pairing with Denis Shapovalov of Canada, is pitted against Olympian medallist Rajeev Ram of US and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain in the doubles first round match in the Western and Southern Open ATP Tour 1000 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. Bopanna made it to the doubles main draw as alternate. Bopanna-Shapovalov pair is ranked 30th while Rajeev-Salisbury duo is ranked eighth. Bopanna, who is an Arjuna Award winner, had one hour hard practice at court no 5.
Ramkumar Ramanathan was also in Cincinnati but luck did not favour him as the Indian player was third alernate in singles. Another Indian Sasikumar Mukund, seeded 16th, got first round bye and played US Evan King in the second round of the €46,600 ATP Challenger Slovenia Open 2019. Purav Raja of India is pairing Rameez Junaid of US and this pair has been drawn to meet Nicolas Barrientos of Colombia and Ariel Behar of Uruguay in the doubles first round encounter.UNI