Tennis Weekly, September 17th 2018

Weekly tennis round up of the Top 5 Mens, Womens, and ITF Juniors, highlights, thoughts and featured players.


  • 96 – Yuki Bhambri
  • 135 – Ramkumar Ramanathan
  • 162 – Prajnesh Gunneswaran
  • 318 – Sumit Nagal
  • 335 – Saketh Myneni

Sumit and Saketh lost a few ranking spots, but the top 5 remain unchanged. Arjun Khade might make a breakthrough if he gets some favourable Singles results. The biggest mover was Karunuday Singh, moving up 18 spots to rank 781.


  • 197 – Ankita Raina
  • 210 – Karman Thandi
  • 374 – Rutuja Bhosale
  • 402 – Pranjala Yadlapalli
  • 571 – Zeel Desai

This week in Indian women’s tennis belongs to Prerna Bhambri! Moving up 89 spots to sit in at rank 862 on the WTA. A deep run to the Semi-finals in an ITF tournament in Thailand early in September helped her climb up.


  • 90 – Siddhant Banthia
  • 114 – Megh Bhargav Patel
  • 125 – Sacchitt Sharrma
  • 128 – Vikash Singh
  • 157 – Mann Shah


  • 157 – Shivani Amineni
  • 184 – Vaidehi Chaudhari
  • 199 – Akanksha A Bhan
  • 300 – Salsa Aher
  • 320 – Kaavya Sawhney


An amazing matchup between Borna Coric (CRO) and Frances Tiafoe (USA) saw Coric come up to win it in a nail biting finish. Score: 6-7 (0/7), 6-1, 6-7 (11/13), 6-1, 6-3.

Looks like the Davis Cup will be a repeat final of this years Football World Cup, France took that one, so let’s what happens in November. I’m personally rooting for France, as I want to see Julien Benneteau retire with a big win.


Champions and Finalists of the recently concluded tournament in Bangalore.


As I talk with players and parents, over many things other than tennis too, everyone has one basic question every single time.

How is my/his/her game?

I’ve been asked this a few hundred times at least, and I actually like being asked it. It has helped me gain a more keen eye over the years. I do offer advice where I see a certain technique issue, fitness or general improvement the player can do. But the most important part is not what I say, but what one actually implements.

We get caught up in an age where information is a search away…and everyone says they are correct. The choice ultimately comes down to what you need right now, not later.

– Maybe right now you need to work on better fundamentals,
– maybe right now you need to get more fit,
– maybe right now you need to work on perfecting that one shot,
– maybe right now you need to play more matches,
– maybe right now you may just need…a break?!

Before you take the next step, look back and see what you’ve done, where you are standing and where you want to go.

I leave you with that thought for this week.


We will be featuring selected ITL players, who may have recently played a tournament or had some significant result in the sport. To start off this week we are featuring:

BoysManav Siyal

Manav showed great spirit, fight and determination at the recently concluded Anniversary Cup in Bangalore. Winning the Boys U12 and Boys U16 events. Keep fighting hard Manav!

GirlsNivedita Rajendra

Nivedita has been playing with ITL for a year now and is always a fierce competitor, calm and tactically efficient. Even with her petite stature she has a commanding presence on the court. Don’t take no for an answer Nivedita!

Watch our calendar for upcoming events and tournaments.

Photo credit: Mr. Stephen Remedios

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