Ramkumar Ramanathan: Happy where I am

After his maiden ATP Challenger tennis title in Manama, Bahrain, Indiaโ€™s Ramkumar Ramanathan is now gearing up for the 2022 Australian Open qualifying rounds to be held at the Melbourne Park from January 10 to 14.

The 27-year-old, ranked 184 in the world, has not qualified in any Grand Slam, thus far, but the Manama victory has given him a world of confidence.

โ€œI donโ€™t want to put any pressure. I want to keep trying. I am happy where I am. Thatโ€™s the most important part. I will take things as it comes,โ€ said Ramkumar at a felicitation function organised by the AMPA Group on Monday.

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Palaniappan Ampa, managing director of the AMPA Group, said: โ€œWe are very happy to be associated with and promote Ramkumar. We would like to see him grow in the ATP ladder and reach the top 100.โ€

Ramkumar said India has a good opportunity to beat Denmark on grass at home [New Delhi] in the World Group-I play-off tie to be held on March 4 and 5. โ€œDenmark is a tough team we canโ€™t take them lightly. There are two good players in Mikael Torpegaard and Holger Rune, who has won five ATP Challenger Tour titles on clay this season. I honestly feel we have a good chance,โ€ he said.

His mentor T. Chandrasekaran said Ramkumar has all the resources to do even better. โ€œOur immediate goal is to closer to the top 100.โ€

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