Federer-beater Donskoy headlines singles field at ITF Mysuru Open 2023 – ThePrint – ANIFeed
Mysuru (Karnataka) [India]MARCH 26 (ANI): The royal city of Mysuru will witness some thrilling tennis action, as will the headlining of the singles main draw, also featuring eight Indians, at the 2023 ITF Mysuru Open, taking place from March 27 to April 2 in the Mysuru Tennis Club will take place.
The event, hosted by the Karnataka Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA), also marks the return of ITF tennis to Mysuru after eight years. India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan emerged victorious when Mysuru last hosted an ITF tournament, an F6 Futures, in 2015.
“Mysuru has always been a premier center for tennis in India and we are delighted to host an ITF tennis tournament of the highest caliber after eight years. I am sure that the event will inspire youth and promote the development of tennis in the city as well as in Karnataka. We are confident of holding a successful tournament here which will also be an enjoyable experience for the fans,” said Maheshwar Rao, Hon. Secretary of the KSLTA.
The 32-year-old Donskoy, who was once ranked No. 65 in the world, made headlines in 2017 when he clinched the biggest win of his career by defeating tennis great Roger Federer in Dubai. The Russian also defeated top tennis stars Daniil Medvedev and Canadian big server Milos Raonic before breaking into the top-10.
The tournament will also feature other top international players, including Vietnam’s Ly Hoang Nam, a world No. 245, and USA’s Oliver Crawford.
“It’s an honor to be associated with the tournament which hosts a group of top tennis stars from India and other nations. I am proud to welcome sports ambassadors from 15 countries to Mysuru. Mysuru has a strong history of tennis players with its local boy, Prahalad Srinath, representing the country at the Davis Cup. I wish that events like this would encourage more young people to play sports and make the country proud. I am confident that Mysuru, a city of sports enthusiasts, will see more such events in the future, which will cement the city’s status as a world-class sports center,” said Dr. KV Rajendra, Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru and Chairman of the Organizing Committee.
India’s No.2 Mukund Sasikumar will lead the challenge for the hosts while Ramkumar, Sidharth Rawat, Digvijay Pratap Singh, Manish Sureshkumar, Niki Poonacha and Karan Singh will also be in contention for the title.
Mysuru player SD Prajwal Dev will also be eyeing an ITF title following his good runs in recent events. There will be more local representation as Mysore boys Manish Ganesh and R Suraj Prabodh received wild card entries into the singles main draw. Bengaluru boy Rishi Reddy has also received a wildcard entry into the singles main draw. Madhwin Kamath from Gujarat also made it into the main draw through wildcard entry.
Sri Lanka’s Dharaka Ellawala has been appointed ITF Supervisor while Peter Vijay Kumar will be Tournament Director.
Ellawala, who has been refereeing for well over a decade, is a Silver Badge accredited referee, a rare distinction bestowed by the ITF.
The singles qualifiers will be played on March 26th and 27th, while the main draw will start on March 28th. (ANI)
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