Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes wins first match after returning to Tour at ATP Hall of Fame Open
Veteran Indian star Leander Paes, who missed the entire clay and the grass court season, made a winning return to competitive tennis with American partner Jamie Cerretani at the ATP Hall of Fame Open in Newport
New Delhi: Veteran Indian star Leander Paes, who missed the entire clay and the grass court season, made a winning return to competitive tennis with American partner Jamie Cerretani at the ATP Hall of Fame Open in Newport.
Paes, playing his first match since creating the Davis Cup world record in February for most number of wins in doubles, and Cerretani, defeated Luke Bambridge and Jonny O'Mara 6-4 6-3 in their opening round of the USD 623,710 hard court event.
Paes and his partner are now up against giant-killers Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Austin Crajicek, who toppled top seeds Nicholas Monroe and John-Patrick Smith 5-7 6-1 10-8.
Jeevan has a good record playing against Paes, winning twice against the Indian legend this season – at Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune and at Dallas Challenger.
Also advancing to the quarterfinals was in-form Divij Sharan, who along with partner Jackson Withrow, seeded second, beat Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu 6-3 6-3.
Third seeds Purav Raja and Ken Skupski also moved to the last-eight with a 7-5 6-4 win over Ruben Bemelmans and Denis Kudla.
Jahid is the third player from Essex to accuse it of racism that has rocked English cricket in the wake of the Yorkshire-Azeem Rafiq episode.
Britain’s Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski looked destined to force a third set, but Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz won the final seven points to help Germany book a clash with Russia or Sweden in Madrid on Saturday
Baroda Cricket Association Ajit Lele told PTI that Krunal communicated his decision to the state body on Friday but did not give any reason for leaving the leadership role.