India’s best player Sumit Nagal could not make a hat-trick in the main draw of the Grand Slam after losing by a direct set in the second round of the qualifying event of the French Open here.
The young man from Hariana crashed by Major Clay Court with a 3-6 3-6 loss to Alejandro Tabillo from Chile last night.
In the exciting race, which lasted an hour and a half, Nagal was able to break the service of his opponent, who ranked 23rd below him in 146, only twice, while he himself missed his serve five times.
With the defeat of the 23-year-old from Jajar, India’s challenge ended in qualifying.
Ramkumar Ramanatan, Praznes Guneshwaran and Ankita Raina have already left the tournament.
India will now be represented by Rohan Bopana and Wild Carp in the men’s doubles main draw.
It is crucial that both earn points by going deep into the draw, as the official ranking on June 10 will decide which players will make the cut for the Tokyo Olympics.
Sania Mirza decided not to compete in this tournament because she wanted to use her “special ranking” to enter the Wimbledon championship.