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Want to reach where I can change tennis in India: Sumit Nagal | Tennis news


PUNE: A career-threatening hip injury and a long road back to the game have yet to extinguish the fire in his stomach for him. Sumit Nagal.
Nagal, who has now slipped to 501, retains his desire to be the best singles player the country has produced in recent times and is ready to take on any challenge once again.
“The goal hasn’t changed, you know, I want to do something that our most recent best player did. I want to get to a point where I can change tennis in my country. us, you know, where we don’t just play tennis for personal gain.” it’s exciting, but to say ‘listen, we too can achieve something, we can also achieve something,'” Nagal said after practice before the Tata Open Maharashtra men’s tennis event on Sunday. next Thursday.
Nagal, likely getting a wildcard for the ATP 250 event, mentioned his mentor Somdev Devvarmanwho has reached his career-high 62nd place in the world rankings, appearing in two ATP prize final and won two gold medals at the 2010 Asian Games.
Nagal’s return in April after undergoing hip surgery was hampered by another injury in the summer and his progress was interrupted later in the season due to an infection. second covid infection.
So much to the pinnacle of taking on the legend Federer at the US Open in 2019 and winning a major draw at the same event next year seems like a distant memory.
But the 25-year-old has reversed his fortunes and still has a burning desire to return to the top of the sport.
“I mean, I’ve realized how quickly things change, you know, from playing slam to not even being able to participate in the Challenge right now. It changes so quickly,” said Nagal. speak.
“But the good thing is, when you do well, things change very quickly, for good. That’s life, you know, you don’t know how you wake up the next day and your night ends. how to finish.”
Ranked a career-high 122 in 2020 and feeling the euphoria after his feats, Nagal must face the harsh reality of being a journeyman on the professional tour once again.
“I feel very, how should I put it? It’s difficult, because you really can’t schedule (higher level tournaments) anymore. I mean, as of today, I don’t know what I’m going to play. next.
“The good thing is, India will have some Challengers at home (in February 2023). I’m looking forward to those. So in the first two months (of the new season), if I have any If I could play against six people, seven tournaments, I would be happy.”
Missing game time, Nagal yearns for more. “If I can play 35 weeks I know I’ll finish (five) very high but the biggest question is ‘how do I play those 35 weeks without injury?’
“I’ve invested a lot in fitness, invested a lot in rehabilitation and pre-rehabilitation. Traveling with a physical doctor and doing weeks with a physical doctor.”

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