Prithvi Sekhar wins gold in World Deaf Tennis Championship

The Indian beats third seed Jaroslav Smedek 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

En route to his crown, Prithvi Sekhar did not drop a set in the tournament. Photo: Special Arrangement

Unseeded Prithvi Sekhar beat third seed Jaroslav Smedek of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-3 in the men’s final of the World Deaf tennis championship in Antalya, Turkey, on Saturday.

It was a dominant performance from the 26-year-old Prithvi, who is trained in Chennai by coach Sureshkumar Sonachalam, as he did not drop a set in the tournament while beating four seeded players, including the top seed Gabor Mathe of Hungary.

Prithvi had also won the doubles bronze medal with Prashanth Dasharath Harsambhavi. It has been a memorable season for Prithvi as he was part of the Indian Railways team which won the gold in the World Railways tennis championship in Albena, Bulgaria.

In the last Deaflympics in 2017, Prithvi had won the mixed bronze with Jafreen Shaik.

In the last World Deaf championship, Prithvi had made the quarterfinals of singles and doubles.

The results
  • Men (final): Prithvi Sekhar bt Jaroslav Smedek (Cze) 6-4, 6-3.