Holder Vinod to face Saurabh in opener

Defending champion Vinod Sridhar of Tamil Nadu will meet Saurabh Patil of Maharashtra in the opening round of the Rs 3.5 lakh DS Max Top Spin AITA pro-tennis championship for men and women.

Since the qualifying rounds were not completed on Sunday, they will spill over to Monday and the main draw is likely to begin only on Tuesday here at the KSLA stadium.

In the other opening ties in the men’s section, sixth seed and former Davis Cupper Vijay Kannan will meet Sagar Ahuja of Maharashtra, while top seed Nitin Kirtane, who was last year’s runner-up is set to meet a lucky loser.

In the absence of Sharmada Balu, Manya Nagpal is the top seed in the women’s singles.
Promising Karnataka youngster, BR Nikshep has been given a wild card in the men’s singles along with Kiran Nandakumar and Saurabh singh. In the women’s singles, the wild cards are Asha Nandakumar of Karnataka and Pragati Natraj of Tamil Nadu.
Seedings: Men: Nitin Kirtane 1; Mohit Mayur 2; Saurav Sukul 3.
Women: Manya Nagpal 1; Sai Samhitha 2; Damin Sharma 3.

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