Somdev Devvarman could not make it to the main singles draw of the ATP Apia International tournament as he bowed out of the Qualifiers after suffering defeat in the second round against Jan-Lennard Struff, here on Sunday.
Somdev made a bright start against his German opponent but lost 6-2, 2-6, 3-6.
Struff had shocked top seed Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 (6), 6-2 in the first round.
India’s Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna are competing in the doubles main draw. Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek have been seeded second and their first round opponents are Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin from France.
Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi have been seeded third and they will open their campaign against Dutch player Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau of Romania.
The tournament is the last ATP event before the Australian Open, season’s first Grand Slam, starting on January 13 in Melbourne.