Fresh from his silver medal winning effort in the men’s doubles event of the just-concluded Incheon Asian Games, city player Sanam Singh has already set his sights on the next target of improving his rankings.
“I am happy with the performance though with a bit of luck we could have won the gold. Now, my focus will be on improving my rankings enough so that I can get direct entries to the open tournaments,” said Sanam on the sidelines of the book signing ceremony of ‘Dubey Ji Bounces Back’, a novel by Vivek Atray, in Sector 8 on Saturday.
Sanam was defending his title in this Asiad, having won the gold with Somdev Devvarman in the 2010 edition of the Games held Guangzhou, China. At Incheon, Sanam paired with Saketh Myneni, but could not repeat the previous feat as the India pair went down to South Korea’s Yongkyu Lim and Hyeon Chung 5-7, 6-7 (2-7).
“We lost some crucial points but then it happens in a game. It’s good to win back-to-back medals for the country,” Sanam added, who is now preparing for the upcoming ITF Challengers in Indore and Pune.
Speaking on India’s performance at the just concluded Games, Sanam said, “Overall, I think we did very well in tennis winning a total of five medals.” The Indian tennis team won the gold in the mixed doubles event, silver in men’s doubles, and a bronze each in the men’s singles, men’s doubles and women doubles events.
Sanam also welcomed the upcoming Champions Tennis League (CTL) by stating that the event would not only give players opportunities to play alongside some of the world best players, but also improve the overall game.
“There are very good players in the line-up off all the teams. It will certainly improve the game’s stature in the country. I think Chandigarh team is very strong with players like David Ferrer in their line-up,” Sanam said, who is playing for Delhi in CTL.
The other players in Delhi squad are Kevin Anderson, Jelena Jankovic and Juan Carlos Ferrero. Apart from Ferrer, Chandigarh franchisee boasts of names like Gregory Rusedski, Somdev Devvarman and Garbine Muguruza.