Indian tennis star Sumit Nagal has been handed a direct entry into the men’s singles draw of this year’s US Open. Late on Tuesday night, the US Open put out a tweet to announce the list of players who had made the cut for this year’s event.
The message was laced with word-play as they announced the men’s singles field, “From Djokovic to Nagal.”
It will be Nagal’s second appearance in the main draw of a Slam since he rose through the qualifiers to make the cut at Flushing Meadows last year. He had surprised five-time champion Roger Federer in by winning the opening set in their first-round match.
Eventually, Nagal had lost 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 4-6 but earned praises for his courageous performance at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
World number four Federer had pulled out of the US Open and all other remaining competitions of this year after suffering an injury on his right knee.
Rafael Nadal also decided to withdraw his name from this year’s Grand Slam at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, which is scheduled to be played from August 31 to September 13.