Wimbledon 2019: Ramkumar Ramanathan falls at second hurdle in qualifying

Indian player Ramkumar Ramanathan lost to Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak 7-6(5), 6-3 in the second round of the men’s singles qualifying event of qualifying at Wimbledon, meanwhile Sumit Nagal advanced to the pre-quarterfinal of the Aspria Challenger in Italy.

Ramkumar Ramanathan yet once again failed to crack a Grand Slam main draw after losing the second hurdle in qualifying at Wimbledon to Kamil Majchrzak.

The unseeded Indian lost 6-7 (5) 3-6 to the world number 111 and 11th seed at Wimbledon 2019 in one hour and 19 minutes.

Ramkumar Ramanathan, who possesses a big serve and a lethal inside out forehand, did not be able to get a single break-point in the match while his opponent Kamil Majchrzak from Poland converted two of the seven chances.

In the first round of the Wimbledon men’s singlesqualifiers, Ramkumar Ramanathan had beaten Lucas Lacko 6-3, 6-2 and Saket Myneni crashed out with a 4-6, 6-4, 5-7 defeat against Spain’s Guillermo Garcia Lopez.

The Indian player, 24-year-old from Chennai, ranked number 154, has been trying his best to qualify for the main draw of a Grand Slam since the year 2015, but he has not succeeded so far.

The closest he came to making the main draw was in the year 2018 at the Australian Open as he reached the third and final qualifying round of this tournament.

Ramkumar Ramanathan is the first Indian tennis player to reach an ATP world tour singles final. He achieved his highest ranking of 111 on 30th July 2018, and represents the country in the Davis Cup.

The number one men’s singles hopeful of India and the world number 94  Prajnesh Gunneswaran who lost in the second round of the Antalya Open to the world number 75 Lorenzo Sonega from Italy, will now be the only Indian representative to be contesting in the main draw of the Wimbledon men’s singles this year.