Indian youngsters Rohan Bopanna and Karan Rastogi have received two of the three wild cards on offer for the main draw of the US dollar 3,80,000 Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open beginning here on Monday at the Cricket Club of India courts.
The tall, 26-year-old Bopanna leads the rankings for Indians on the ATP circuit at 273 while the 19-year-old Rastogi is currently the world number 361.
Another Indian youngster, Harsh Mankad is the other Indian sandwiched between these two players at 322, and it remains to be seen if he gets the third wild card into the draw of 32 which has 25 direct entrants, three wild cards and four others from the qualifying stage to be held on September 23 and 24.
Bopana and Rastogi join five players from the world's top 20, including two currently amongst the Top 10 - world number 7 Tommy Robredo of Spain and world no 10 Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, a media release from the organisers said today.
World number 11 Mario Ancic of Croatia, number 12 Fernando Gonzalez of Spain and Czech no 13 Tomas Berdych are the other three players in the world's top 20 who have entered along with 22 and 23 ranked Dmitry Tursunov of Russia and Nicolas Kiefer of Germany.