Futures tournament: a big opportunity for Indian tennis players

September 6th, 2008 - 9:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 6 (IANS) German Peter Gojowczyk, ranked 346 on ATP charts, is the top seed in the $15,000 International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) men’s Futures tournament that begins at the R.K. Khanna tennis stadium here Monday.The home tournament will be a good opportunity for Indian players like Sunil Kumar Sipaeya and Ashutosh Singh, who are regular in the ITF circuit, to get back to form.

Sunil, ranked 502, is the top Indian in the draw, seeded fourth. Sipaeya has been going through a form slump, having made first round exits in all seven Futures tournaments this year.

Ashutosh Singh, ranked 648, is the second Indian in the list. Ashutosh reached the quarterfinal of one of the Ireland Futures in June before his form dipped. He exited from the first round in Britain in July and then suffered another first round loss at home in the third Challenger event here in August.

Karan Uday Singh, 17, who reached the qualifying final of the Delhi Challenger in May and last week made it to the second round of the Chennai ITF, will get another chance to prove his credentials. Karan enters the tournament as a wild card.

The other three wild cards have gone to Ronak Manuja, P.C. Vignesh and Navinder Pal Singh.

Players from Chinese Taipei, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, US, and Uzbekistan will be participating in the five-day event.

The qualifiers of the tournament began Saturday.

Punjab National Bank is the title sponsor for the tournament. The Oriental Insurance Company Limited and Mineral and Metal Trading Corporation are the co-sponsor.

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