- Prajnesh's career-best 84 came after his run till the 3rd round at Indian Wells.
- India's doubles player Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan achieved a career-best 64.
- Yuki Bhambri, who is nursing a knee injury, slid 36 places to 207. The last time the Delhi player was placed outside the top-200 bracket was in July 2017.
Indian tennis ace Prajnesh Gunneswaran has reaped rewards for his breakthrough run at the Indian Wells Masters as he climbed up by 13 places to achieve his career-best 84th position in the latest Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings.
At the ATP Master series event, Prajnesh beat world No. 18 Nikoloz Basilashvili and recorded the biggest win of his career. In the recent ATP Rankings, he collected 61 points and climbed 13 ranks up to his new career best ranking followed by Ramkumar Ramanathan who descended three places (139).
— All India Radio Sports (@akashvanisports) March 19, 2019
Both the players will now play their best to qualify for the singles main draw of the Miami Masters this week.
WOW! Prajnesh Gunneswaran beats World No.18 Nikolas Basilashvilli at Indian Wells! Now at No.80 in the live rankings! #TamilTreasure #Tennis #ATP #BNPPO19 #TennisParadise #FullBloom pic.twitter.com/OHbOm8DOCA
— Vith (@VitIllankovan) March 10, 2019
Yuki Bhambri slid 36 places to 207
Delhi player Yuki Bhambri, unfortunately, got a knee injury and dropped 36 places reaching 207. Whenever he managed to break the top-100 bracket, injuries forced Yuki to be out of action.
Yuki has not been included in the top 200 for the first time in two years. Last time this happened in July 2017. Yuki told PTI that he will return to competitive action in May with protected ranking.
What an amazing news to start Monday morning:
Prajnesh Gunneswaran attains Career-Best 84th in ATP Rankings; climbed whopping 13 places (earlier 97th).
This is highest ranking achieved in Singles by an Indian player since Yuki Bhambri’s (83) achieved in Apr 2018. pic.twitter.com/wju9nBHUuL
— India_AllSports (@India_AllSports) March 18, 2019
Ranking of other Indian tennis players
The next best ranking holders were Saketh Myneni who dropped five places securing the rank 251 and Sasi Kumar Mukund (268) who showed great performance by climbing two places and made his place in top 300. Mukund was not included even in the top 400, five months back.
In the men’s doubles, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan secured a career-high of 64. He also became the third highest-ranked player of India after Rohan Bopanna (36,+2) and Divij Sharan (41, -1).
The top five also include Purav Raja (80, -1) and Leander Paes (94, +2).
In the Women’s tennis rankings, professional player Ankita Raina sustains her position of
India’s top-ranked player at 168 (-2) followed by Karman Kaur Thandi, who climbed seven places to 203.
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