India's Sumit Nagal won the Wimbledon junior men's doubles title on Sunday with partner Nam Hoang Ly — becoming only the sixth tennis player from the country to win a junior title at All England Club.
The pair beat Reilly Opelka and Akira Santillan 7-6(4), 6-4 in just over an hour.
Here are five things you need to know about the 17-year-old:
- Nagal ended a six-year barren run for India at a Grand Slam junior's. The last player to have achieved the feat was Yuki Bhambri, when he won the boys singles title at the Australian Open in 2009.
- Nagal was spotted and has been mentored by Mahesh Bhupathi — his father credits his success to the former India player: "Sumit started playing tennis from the age of seven years. The local coach told me that my son is very talented and should get formal coaching as he has the ability to go far. Then at the age of 10 years, he was spotted by Mahesh Bhupathi and he went to his academy after that. Whatever Sumit has achieved is because of Mahesh. Mahesh is like God to us," he told NDTV. Sumit himself acknowledged Bhupathi's contribution to his career in a Sports Rediscovered interview: "I was very lucky enough to have Mahesh behind me and helping me since I was 11. So I really appreciate that," he said.
- Nagal was born in Jhajjar in Haryana and has also trained in Germany at the Schuttler Waske Tennis Academy in Offenbach, Germany. Nagal has won $4,120 in prize money so far and has moved 19 places up the ATP rankings this year. He is at a career high 745th now.
- Playing style: Nagal is right-handed and as a double-handed backhand. According to am ITF (International Tennis Federation) profile, his favourite surface is clay. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are his favourite players.
- Sumit is quite active on Instagram — and is particularly fond of his Ducati. He's been playing tennis around the world on the junior circuit and loves putting up selfies and exercising photos — like any other athlete.
Updated Date: Jul 13, 2015 13:42 PM