Without doubt, Prajnesh Gunneswaran is India's best bet in men's singles at present. Around this time, last year, he was languishing at a lowly 242. By April 2018, he further downgraded to 266. Aged 28 at the time, he had never managed to play in the main draw of an ATP tour event. However, his journey so far has been full of ups and downs and now he is at 96th spot in men's rankings; first in his career.
Prajnesh entered the circuit full time in 2016 following five years of injuries to both knees. Armed with a big serve, a big forehand, and a backhand that’s steadily been improving, the hunger to make up for lost time is evident. After April he found some rhythm and rode the momentum to get to where he is – India’s no 1 singles player.
Prajnesh has broken into the top 100 for the first time in his career. He has earned 29 ranking points which takes his total tally to 579, and upto a new career high of 96.
Prajnesh told, “I don’t think it’s any accident that I have gotten to this place in the rankings. I have always believed that I was good enough to get here. I have understood my game well. The turnaround was really fast, maybe two or three months. But I guess that’s how it happens a lot of times, when you find the momentum or you just find the right way to play. Then it happens all at once.”
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega