Bengaluru, November 8: Saketh Myneni was awarded the final Wild Card for the Bengaluru Open 2018, the $ 150,000 event that begins at the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA) from Saturday. Saketh joins Suraj Prabodh, defending champion Sumit Nagal and Adil Kalyanpur amongst the list of Wild Cards awarded for the main round of the prestigious event.
Saketh is coming after a semifinal loss in the doubles event of the Shenzhen Challenger last month partnering Ramkumar Ramanathan and is currently ranked 315 in singles on the ATP ranking list, a jump of 298 places after he had finished the year 2017 with a ranking of 613. He is also ranked 213 in doubles.
“On a personal note, a big thank you to the organisers for believing in me and giving me a wild card to the main draw. I hope to utilize this opportunity and perform to the best of my abilities,” said Saketh whose only win this season has been the Uzbekistan F2 Futures title and has had a couple of bridesmaid finishes on the Futures Circuit.
Saketh had withdrawn from the last edition of the Bengaluru Open even before he had played his first match as the injury he was nursing had flared up. “It is always exciting to play in our home country. I am looking forward to the Bengaluru Open 2018,” said Saketh who had won the Gold medal in Mixed Doubles and a silver in the men’s doubles at the Incheon Asian Games 2014.