At a time when most of the world’s high tennis professionals are treading with warning with regards to journey and collaborating in tournaments, India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran goes the additional mile to take a raffle. And to make sure historical past doesn’t repeat itself.
The nation’s second-highest ranked singles participant will fly to New York hoping to participate within the US Open, beginning on Monday, regardless of not making the lower within the preliminary entry record introduced earlier this month. That record ended with the 127th-ranked Sumit Nagal because the final man within the draw of 128 after some high gamers pulled out resulting from security considerations and uncertainty round journey restrictions.
Within the three weeks since, a couple of extra gamers have determined to withdraw. Prajnesh—who was ranked world No. 132 on the time of the entry record however is at present at 136—will want one other participant or two to drag out. After scrambling for numerous last-minute formalities, the Chennai southpaw departed for New York on Tuesday and has until Thursday—the deadline for withdrawals— to know his destiny.
“I do know the probabilities are very low however I really feel like I can’t not give it a shot if I’m that shut,” stated Prajnesh. “Particularly given the circumstances, the place we don’t know who will finally pull out or get injured as a result of everyone seems to be enjoying after an extended break. Based mostly on that I simply felt I needed to be there and see what occurs.”
Prajnesh had misplaced an opportunity to make his Grand Slam debut on the 2018 French Open as a ‘fortunate loser’ as a result of he had left Paris when Australian Nick Kyrgios withdrew resulting from an elbow harm in the future earlier than the beginning. “I had to consider it (going to New York) quite a bit. However I needed to begin travelling sooner or later. And if I used to be going to go to Europe quickly, I believed I’d as properly see if I can get into the US Open or not.”
The 30-year-old has to seek out lodging in New York for he received’t be allowed inside US Open’s bio-secure bubble till he’s within the draw. Ought to that not occur, Prajnesh stated he may transfer to Europe to organize forward of subsequent month’s French Open.
“I’m undecided, however I believed I’ll apply somewhat earlier than the French Open. I’ll in all probability try to go to Germany, if there aren’t any quarantine there, or head to Austria. Nevertheless it’s actually all up within the air proper now till the French Open. It’s irritating,” stated Prajnesh, who entered the principle draw of all of the 4 Slams final 12 months.