Delray Beach (USA), Feb 21 (PTI) Veteran Leander Paes and his partner Purav Raja crashed out of the Delray Beach Open after suffering straight-set defeat in the opening round of the men’s doubles event, here. Also Read - 70-Year-Old Man Collapses, Dies Just 25 Mins After Taking Covid-19 Vaccine; Exact Reason Unclear

The unseeded Indian pair lost 3-6 2-6 against American combination of the Jack Sock and Jackson Withrow. Also Read - New York: Indian-Origin Man Kills Daughter, Mother-In-Law In Double Murder-Suicide

It was second setback for 44-year-old Paes after his early exit in New York last week. Also Read - Netherlands Swings Into Action as New Strain of Coronavirus Surfaces in UK, Bans All Flights From Britain

Paes had earlier made the third round of the Australian Open and also reached the finals of two back-to-back Challengers, winning one.

Divij Sharan now remains the lone Indian in the doubles fray. He and his American partner Scott Lipsky will take on Netherlands’ Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak of New Zealand in their tournament opener.

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