Sumit Nagal made an incredible feat in 2019 when he came to play the first Grand Slam of his career. This young Indian made a place in the record book by defeating the tennis legend Roger Federer in the first set. But he was disappearing in the course of time.
No money in pocket, no sponsors. The Indian Tennis Federation has not even applied for a wild card for him in the Australian Open this year. The 26-year-old Indian star has made history today with his own efforts and ability, despite not getting the support of the parent organization of tennis in his country.
Nagal defeated Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) in the first round of the Australian Open today after qualifying. And with that, he broke a 35-year-old record for India.
The 26-year-old Nagal became the first Indian player to beat a Grand Slam seed since 1989. However, India’s number 1 and world number 137 ranked Nagal could not play in the Australian Open this time. He was going through a bad time in his career. Nagal said in an interview last year that he had only 900 euros (Tk 1 lakh 7 thousand) in his account. Many saw the end of a professional tennis star’s career.
However, even after becoming the number one star of his country this year, as the Indian Federation did not apply for a wild card for him, he went down to the ‘war’ alone on the tennis court. He went to play the qualifying round of the Australian Open. Where Nagal confirmed the main stage with three consecutive wins.
Even in the first round, he got a strong opponent. The 27th ranked and 31st seed of the tournament defeated Aleksandar Bublik in straight sets. In addition to securing the second round with such a great performance, Nagal also made his pocket heavy.
Reaching the second round of the Australian Open will reach 180 thousand Australian dollars. Which is about 1 crore 30 lakh 73 thousand taka in Bangladeshi currency.