Australian Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran loses in 1st main draw appearance in Melbourne

first_imgPrajnesh Gunneswaran fell short in his first main draw appearance at a Grand Slam tournament as he lost to his more fancied opponent in the first round at Melbourne Park on Sunday. USA’s Frances Tiafoe beat Prajnesh 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 52 minutes to advance to the second round.Tiafoe will next be up against fifth seed Kevin Anderson while Prajnesh will return home and ponder over missed opportunities. Prajnesh had his opportunities in the first set and the second set, where he even broke Tiafoe’s serve but got broken back immediately to let slip the advantage.Despite having a good percentage of first serve in, Tiafoe won more points on his first and second serve while Prajnesh could not match those numbers. Also what went against Prajnesh Gunneswaran was his net play.Tiafoe won 88 per cent of the net points he played while Prajnesh won only 67 per cent. Also Prajnesh made more unforced errors than Tiafoe. @FTiafoe gets the win over Gunneswaran 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-3 #AusOpen #gamesetmatch pic.twitter.com/TomlCR6UXU #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019Prajnesh had gone past three opponents in the qualifiers to make it to the main draw but could not go past the first hurdle.Gunneswaran is India’s highest-ranked singles player at 112 and he had said ahead of the tournament that India needed a system place in produce more and better singles players.”I don’t think there is any lack of motivation. We don’t have the system in place to produce players so no matter how much motivation is there we will not produce any players even if I make the final,” Gunneswaran told Reuters in an interview.advertisement”Somdev has been 70 and we had other players in the past who have been top 30 but that didn’t produce another 100 players.”Prajnesh had also made it clear that India’s search for quality singles players would not end anytime soon.”We need an entire system and infrastructure, from coaches to fitness trainers, a centre where the youngsters can go and play and develop and get better,” he said. “We don’t have that kind of a consistent system in India.”Also Read | Maria Sharapova beats Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 in first roundAlso Read | Andy Murray much more than just a tennis player, says Amelie MauresmoAlso Read | Tennis going to be hot at Australian Openlast_img

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