Chennai Open: Wild card for Ramkumar Ramanathan

The Chennai Open organisers have handed a wild card to Ramkumar Ramanathan for the tournament next month. The world no. 248 will be participating in the tournament for the fifth consecutive year.

Ramkumar Ramanathan will be the lone Indian in the singles draw of the Chennai Open.   -  M. PERIASAMY

The Chennai Open organisers have handed a wild card to Ramkumar Ramanathan for the tournament next month. The world no. 248 will be participating in the tournament for the fifth consecutive year.

With Yuki Bhambri pulling out of the tournament, the 21-year old boy from Chennai will be the lone Indian in the singles draw. Ramkumar reached a career-high 208 in singles rankings, earlier this year.

He has also got a wildcard in the doubles draw along with Sriram Balaji. The doubles draw saw more Indians in the fray with Somdev Devvarman and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan also getting wild cards.

The other two wild cards in the singles main draw were given to the Russian duo of Karen Kachanov (World No. 152) and Andrey Rublev (world No. 172). Aged 19, Kachanov turned pro in 2013, and has been playing tennis since he was three years old. While Andrey Rublev, aged 18, turned pro in 2014 and reached a career high ranking of 172 earlier this month.

The 20th edition of Chennai Open will be held from January 4 to 10.