India’s top singles players – Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Sumit Nagal will lead the home challenge in the third edition of the Bengaluru Open that begins on Monday. Despite the withdrawal of the top seed Ricardas Berankis owing to medical reasons, the field in Bengaluru Open still boasts of some quality players. Also Read - Mutua Madrid Open: Is Paula Badosa the Next Maria Sharapova?

Second seed Stefano Travaglia from Italy began the current season with a runner-up finish at the Bendigo 2 Championship in Australia while third seed Japanese Yuichi Sugita had reached a ranking of 36 in the world just two seasons ago. Also Read - French Open Postponed by a Week Due to COVID-19 Outbreak, to Start From May 24

Fourth seed James Duckworth of Australia has won four out of six Challenger final appearances before landing in Bengaluru. For his part, Prajnesh has the distinction of entering the main draw of all the Grand Slams in the last season. Also Read - Tennis: Novak Djokovic Joins Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer in Skipping Miami Open 2021, Says Need to Use This Time to Spend Time With Family

“All the good guys who played in Pune ATP last week are here and I am expecting a tough competition here,” said Prajnesh, who is the highest-ranked Indian at 122 and seeded seventh.

“I was carrying a few injuries which hampered my performance during the fag end of the Tour. However, I am almost in good shape and looking forward to a good week here.

“Bengaluru has been a happy hunting ground for me and I like the conditions here although the ball plays a bit tricky here,” added Prajnesh, who reached a career-high of 75 last year.

Besides Prajnesh, Nagal is another Indian player to watch out for. Currently, ranked 125th and seeded eighth, Nagal has reached a career-high of 125 on the ATP rankings.

“The year has been good for me and I am in my best of form. The experiences at the Grand Slam have boosted my confidence which helped me win on clay as well,” said Nagal.