Prajnesh Gunneswaran

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Prajnesh Gunneswaran
Country (sports) India
ResidenceChennai, India
Born (1989-11-12) 12 November 1989 (age 29)
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
PlaysLeft-handed (two–handed backhand)
Prize money$391,201
Singles
Career record5–12 (29.41% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
2 Challenger, 8 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 80 (15 April 2019)
Current rankingNo. 80 (15 April 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
French OpenQ3 (2018)
WimbledonQ1 (2018)
US OpenQ1 (2017)
Doubles
Career record1–1 (50% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
0 Challenger, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 248 (31 December 2018)
Current rankingNo. 281 (1 April 2019)
Last updated on: 1 April 2019.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran (born 12 November 1989) is an Indian tennis player.[1] He has won 2 ATP challenger and 8 ITF titles in singles and 1 ITF title in doubles.[2] He represents India at the Davis Cup.[3] At 2018 Asian Games, in Jakarta, he won the bronze medal in the men's singles tennis event. He is currently the top ranked Indian singles player and the 7th highest ranked indian tennis player in the open era

Career[edit]

2016–2017: Early career[edit]

Gunneswaran mainly participated in ITF and ATP Challenger events in his early years. While he won 8 ITF challenger singles titles, he found limited success at Challenger tour.

In October 2016, he reached his first ATP Challenger singles final at Pune Challenger. He lost the title match to Frenchman Sadio Doumbia.[4] In May 2017, he reached his first ATP Challenger doubles final at 2017 Samarkand Challenger. Partnering with compatriot Vishnu Vardhan, the pair lost the final to team of Laurynas Grigelis and Zdeněk Kolář.

Gunneswaran made his Davis Cup debut for India against Uzbekistan in April 2017.[5]

2018: 2 ATP Challenger titles, Asian games Bronze Medal[edit]

Year 2018 proved to be breakthrough year for Gunneswaran. He reached 4 ATP challenger singles finals winning 2 of it. He won his first ATP challenger singles title at Kunming Challenger by defeating Mohamed Safwat in the final.[6] In an all Indian final he defeated compatriot Saketh Myneni at Bengaluru Challenger to lift his second challenger singles trophy of the career.[7] He finished as runner-up at the Ningbo Challenger and Pune Challenger events. He also reached his second ATP challenger doubles final at Santaizi ATP Challenger held at Taipei in April where he partnered with compatriot Saketh Myneni.[8]

At French Open, Gunneswaran lost in final qualifying round. However, he was chosen as Lucky loser after Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the competition. But, Gunneswaran could not participate in main draw as he had already left Paris before Kyrgios announced his withdrawal thus losing closely on his first main draw appearance at the grand slam event.[9]

In August, he won the bronze medal in the men's singles tennis event at 2018 Asian Games, in Jakarta. He became the sixth Indian male athlete to win a medal in Tennis at the Asian Games.[10]

Gunneswaran started year as world no 243 in singles ranking. At the back of his solid performance on challenger tour he finished the season at career high ranking of 104 and in process became the highest ranked Indian singles player.

2019: Grand Slam main draw debut, Entry into top-100[edit]

Gunneswaran started year with Maharashtra Open where he got a wild card into main draw. He lost in the first round to Michael Mmoh in straight sets.[11]

At Australian Open, he won the qualifying competition to make debut into the main draw at a Grand Slam event. He lost in the first round in straight sets to Frances Tiafoe.[12]

On 11 February 2019, he reached career high singles ranking of 97 making his debut into top-100 singles rankings.[13]

Gunneswaran came through the qualifying of the 2019 BNP Paribas Open and defeated Frenchman Benoit Paire in straight sets to enter the second round. He won his second round match again the 17th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets to make the third round of an ATP 1000 Tournament for the first time in his career. Prajnesh Gunneswaran's terrific run at the Indian Wells Masters came to an end following a straight set defeat against big-serving Ivo Karlovic in the third round. This was Prajnesh's maiden appearance at an ATP Masters event.[14] Next, he won qualifying competition at Miami Open, making it back to back main draw appearance at a Masters event. he lost in opening round to Jaume Munar. With the result, he rose to his best singles ranking on 81.

ATP Tour finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (2–3)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Olympic Games (0–0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP Tour 500 series (0–0)
ATP Tour 250 series (0–0)
ATP Challenger Tour (2–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–3)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score in Final
Loss 0–1 Oct 2016 Pune, India Hard France Sadio Doumbia 6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Win 1–1 Apr 2018 Anning, China Clay Egypt Mohamed Safwat 5–7, 6–3, 6–1
Loss 1–2 Oct 2018 Ningbo, China Hard Italy Thomas Fabbiano 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 3–6
Win 2–2 Nov 2018 Bangalore, India Hard India Saketh Myneni 6–2, 6–2
Loss 2–3 Nov 2018 Pune, India Hard Sweden Elias Ymer 2–6, 5–7

Doubles: 2 (0–2)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Olympic Games (0–0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP Tour 500 series (0–0)
ATP Tour 250 series (0–0)
ATP Challenger Tour (0–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score in Final
Loss 0–1 May 2017 Samarkand , Uzbekistan Hard India Vishnu Vardhan Lithuania Laurynas Grigelis
Czech Republic Zdeněk Kolář
6–7(2–7), 3–6
Loss 0–2 Apr 2018 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (i) India Saketh Myneni Australia Matthew Ebden
Australia Andrew Whittington
4–6, 7–5, [6–10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prajnesh fights hard to claim title". 26 March 2017.
  2. ^ "ITF profile". Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Prajnesh geared up for likely Davis Cup test". 15 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Prajnesh Gunneswaran fights his way into final of Pune Challenger". PTI. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  5. ^ Patwardhan, Deepti (9 April 2017). "Davis Cup: Prajnesh Gunneswaran emerges from the shadows to make a mark against Uzbekistan". Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Prajnesh wins maiden singles title on Challenger circuit". PTI. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  7. ^ Banerjee, Krishnendu (18 November 2018). "Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger winner Prajnesh Gunneswaran targets regular World Tour appearances". Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Taipei Challenger: Yuki Bhambri, Ramkumar Ramanathan set up title clash". PTI. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  9. ^ "French Open 2018: Prajnesh Gunneswaran makes main draw but won't take court in Paris". 27 May 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Asian Games 2018: Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennis". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Prajnesh Gunneswaran knocked out of Maharashtra Open". 31 December 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Australian Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran loses in straight sets to American Frances Tiafoe". 14 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  13. ^ Judge, Shahid (10 February 2019). "Prajnesh Gunneswaran breaks into top-100 for the first time". Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Prajnesh Gunneswaran rises to career-high 84 post Indian Wells run". PTI. 18 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.

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