Prajnesh qualifies for maiden ATP World Tour event

Prajnesh Gunneswaran defeated Christian Harrison 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to seal his sport in the main draw of the Stuttgart Open.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran will face Canadian World No. 23 Denis Shapovalov in the opening round of the Stuttgart Open.   -  AFP

Indian Davis Cupper Prajnesh Gunneswaran qualified for the singles main draw of an ATP World event for the first time in his career after defeating Christian Harrison in the final round of the Mercedes Cup Qualifiers in Stuttgart, Germany.

The left-handed Prajnesh, who touched his career-best rank of 169 on Monday, got the better of his American opponent 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the second round of the €729,340 grass court event.

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“I am happy to make it to my first ATP main draw. Especially since it’s my first tournament on grass. I look forward to continuing the good run I have had in the last few months and keep pushing my limits,” Prajnesh told PTI from Stuttgart.

The 28-year-old Chennai lad said the transition from clay to grass was smooth for him. “Surprisingly yes. But I also worked on some grass court specific stuff in the last few weeks so I came here ready. My serve helps me a lot on grass so that is something that can always keep me in the match. But yes. I have made the transition quickly,” he said.

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He will face Canadian World No. 23 Denis Shapovalov in the opening round.