Indian tennis player Prajnesh Gunneswaran overcame a sluggish start to advance to the second round of the French Open men’s singles qualifying event but country’s top player Sumit Nagal bowed out after a close defeat, in Paris on Monday.Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 2 Highlights: Mirabai Chanu Clinches Silver as India's Men Hockey, Manika Batra, Sumit Nagal Win Their Opening Matches
Seeded 16th, Nagal — who became the first Indian in seven years to win a singles match at a Grand Slam with his opening round victory at the US Open — lost 6-7 (4), 5-7 to Germany’s seasoned player Dustin Brown in one hour and 47 minutes. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics Tennis: Novak Djokovic Starts Campaign With a Win; Daniil Medvedev to Face Sumit Nagal in Second Round
Nagal had his chances in the second set as he was leading 3-0 but Brown did not let him continue with the momentum. Also Read - Sumit Nagal Becomes Third Indian to Win a Singles Match at Olympic With Victory Over Denis Istomin
Prajnesh, India’s second-highest ranked singles player, got the better of Turkey’s Cem Ilkel 6-3 6-1 after losing his service early in his opening qualifier of the clay court Grand Slam.
Another Indian featuring in the qualifying draw is Ramkumar Ramanathan, who is up against local wildcard Tristan Lamasine.