Five Indians were among the eight players who progressed to the main draw of the Indian Oil Servo ITF Men’s Futures Tennis Championships at the SDAT Nungumbakkam tennis courts on Sunday.
Among the Indian lot — Ronit Singh Bisht, Sood brothers Lakshi and Chandril and Tejas Chaukulka being the others — Kunal Anand had the sternest test as he endured two three-setters on the same day to assure his passage. In his second round of the qualification procedure, he overcame a dogged Bharatram Balajee. After conceding the opening set Kunal managed a break his opponent’s serve in the second set to win 6-4. So went the decider.
In the final qualifying hurdle, he lost the opening set 6-1 before he staunchly fought back to take the second 7-5. The decider was a one-sided routine as Anand was in full flow. Hyun-Woo Nam, Weerapat Doakmaiklee and Bastien Favier, too, qualified for the main draw.
Results (third round qualifying): Hyun-Woo Nam (Kor) bt Jatin Dahiya (Ind) 6-1, 6-2, Weerapat Doakmaiklee (Tha) bt Seong-Gook Oh (Kor) 6-4, 6-1, Ronit Singh Bisht (Ind) bt Ronak Manuja (Ind) 6-2, 6-0, Kunal Anand (Ind) bt Gregory Howe (Gbr) 1-6, 7-5, 6-2, Lakshit Sood (Ind) bt Kumara P Saradhi Adavelly (Ind) 7-5, 6-2, Bastien Favier (Fra) bt Jae-Min Seol (Kor) 6-2, 6-3, Chandril Sood (Ind) bt Vignesh Veerabadran (Ind) 6-3, 6-4, Tejas Chaukulkar (Ind) bt Elwin Antony (Ind) 5-7, 7-6(1), 3-0.