Slovenian Blaz Kavcic is the top seed at the Bengaluru Open $100,000 Challenger tennis tournament. The current World No. 102, who had an early exit in the Pune Challenger, will open against Bosnia & Herzegovina's Tomislav Brkic (No. 248).
At Saturday's draw ceremony, held in the presence of Bengaluru Development Minister K.J. George, it was also decided that India's top-ranked singles player Yuki Bhambri, fresh after his title win in Pune, will take on fellow Indian Sriram Balaji in the first round. Fifth seed Ramkumar Ramanathan will meet Frenchman Hugo Grenier, ranked nearly 300 places below him.
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Radu Albot, the Moldovan World No. 86, who was expected to be a big attraction, has pulled out owing to an injury. As a result, Sumit Nagal, who was granted a wildcard earlier, moved into the main draw. Prajnesh Gunneswaran will get a repeat match against the sixth-seeded American Evan King who he lost to in the first round in Pune.
Elsewhere in a battle between wildcards, Saketh Myneni, following a semifinal showing in Pune, will play Dalwinder Singh, the National tennis champion. The fourth and final wildcard was given to Vishnu Vardhan, who will be challenged by Spainiard Mario Vilella Martinez.
Meanwhile after two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Vijay Sundar Prashanth and Sidharth Rawat were the lone Indians to make it to the final phase which will be held on Sunday.
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