Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan was seeded No.1 ahead of Sanam Singh in the $10,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament to be played at the CLTA Complex here from Monday.
Having played three Challengers on the trot, Jeevan should be ready for some good results in the Futures circuit that is scheduled to span five weeks at home from North to South.
Jeevan will open his campaign against former National junior champion Abhijeet Tiwari.
Quite interestingly, a victory would see him face the winner of the match between the two reigning national champions Mohit Mayur and Vishnu Vardhan. Jeevan will continue to play doubles with Vishnu and the duo have been seeded No.2 behind Sriram Balaji and V. M. Ranjeet.
R. Ramkumar who caught everyone’s attention by beating Somdev Devvarman in the Chennai Open ATP tour event as a qualifier, but has struggled in the Challenger circuit, will try to maintain his success in the Futures circuit.
The seedings: 1. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, 2. Sanam Singh, 3. Sriram Balaji, 4. Antal Van Der Duim (Ned), 5. R. Ramkumar, 6. Mathias Bourgue (Fra), 7. Vijayant Malik, 8. V.M. Ranjeet.
Qualifying: Final round: Garvit Batra bt Yogesh Phogat 6-2, 6-1; Ronit Singh Bisht bt Neeraj Elangovan 6-2, 6-4; Shotaro Goto (Jpn) bt Deepinder Bains 6-4, 6-0.
Tejas Chaukulkar bt Arpit Sharma 6-1, 6-0; Sasikumar Mukund bt Lakshit Sood 6-4, 6-4; Kunal Anand bt Chandril Sood 2-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Mohit Mayur bt Suraj Prabodh 6-1, 6-3; Ko Suzuki bt Zvonimir Babic (Cro) 6-0, 4-2 (retired).
Second round: Batra bt Dhruv Goyal 6-0, 6-3; Phogat bt Varchasva Tiwari 6-0, 6-1; Bisht bt Ankit Sachdeva 7-5, 6-2.
Neeraj Elangovan bt Kamal Kishore Maderana 6-1, 6-2; Goto bt Nihit Rawal 6-0, 6-0; Bains bt Sagar Manjanna 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Chaukulkar bt Saurabh Patil 6-1, 6-3.
Arpit Sharma bt Parasdeep Singh Virk 6-2, 6-2; Lakshit Sood bt Rutger Cramer (Ned) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; Sasikumar Mukund bt Shahbaaz Khan 6-4, 6-4; Chandril Sood bt Kirksteen Rebuyas (Phi) 6-0, 7-5; Kunal Anand bt Kapil Ghuraiya 6-1, 6-2; Suraj Prabodh bt Vidit Vaghela 6-4, 6-2; Mohit Mayur bt Gurinder Singh 6-3, 6-0; Suzuki bt Venkat Iyer 7-6(5), 6-4; Babic bt Neishit Vakil 6-2, 6-0.