Ramkumar Ramanathan may have come up short in his maiden ATP Tour level final but an impressive performance saw the Chennai boy leapfrog 46 places to a career-best 115 in the world.
In a match that lasted two hours, Ramkumar lost to America's Steve Johnson 5-7, 6-4, 2-6. The 23-year-old earned 150 points and got richer by USD 52,340.
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The last Indian to win an ATP singles trophy was Leander Paes, who incidentally had won on the grass courts of the same Hall of Fame tournament in 1998.
Yuki Bhambri continued to be the best-ranked Indian at number 86 despite dropping one place. Prajnesh Gunneswaran slipped two places to 186 and was followed by Sumit Nagal (269), Saketh Myneni (339, +18) and Arjun Kadhe (345, +16).
In the doubles rankings, Rohan Bopanna was the top-ranked Indian at unchanged 27 and was followed by Divij Sharan (38, -2), Paes (80, -5), Purav Raja (83, -2), Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (87, +4), N Sriram Balaji (96, +3) and Vishnu Vardhan (98, -6).
In the women’s singles rankings, Ankita Raina returned to the top-200 following her title win in an ITF event in Thailand. The next best was Karman Kaur Thandi at 232, a loss of 16 places.