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Every player dreams to at least be in top 100: Nagal after winning Chennai Open Challenger

Sumit Nagal is set to be the first Indian man in five years to make his Top 100 debut when the latest ATP Rankings release on Monday.

The 26-year-old broke the Top 100 barrier after beating Italy’s Luca Nardi on Sunday to win the Chennai Open title, an ATP Challenger Tour event.

After a tough 2022 season, the Indian was ranked outside the Top 500 and needed a wildcard to even enter the qualifying round of the same event last year.

“The summer of 2022 was probably the worst time because I had just started playing tennis again after six months off (due to a hip surgery). I played three tournaments and I got injured again, which put me out for another 2-3 months out. That was one of the hardest times,” said Nagal in the post-match press conference.

However, three titles and two-runner up finishes on the Challenger Tour in the last 12 months have helped him make the big jump.

“Every tennis player’s dream is to at least be in the Top 100. The last few years have been tough with being ranked 500, getting surgery done and not having financial support. I’m very happy that I found a way to push every single day and gave myself a chance to be here,” he said.

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