July 25, Indian sports news wrap: Ramkumar Ramanathan qualifies for Atlanta Open main draw – Sportstar

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FILE PHOTO: India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan in action during a 2022 Davis Cup tie at the Delhi Gymkhana. | Photo Credit: V. V. KRISHNAN
Ramkumar Ramanathan qualifies for Atlanta Open main draw
India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan qualified for the main draw of Atlanta Open with a 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-6 (2) win over fourth seed and World No. 87 Jack Draper of Great Britain on Sunday.
The 27-year-old from Chennai, ranked 196 in singles, had entered the qualifying draw of the ATP250 event as an alternate. He had thrashed seventh seed and American World No. 107 Stefan Kozlov 6-0, 6-1 in 59 minutes in the first round the previous day.
Ramkumar will face local wildcard Ben Shilton in the opening round of the main draw. If Ramkumar wins, he’ll be up against World No. 22 and six-time Atlanta Open champion John Isner who received a bye in the first round.
The Indian had last featured in the main draw of a tour-level event at the Maharashtra Open in Pune in February this year where he was awarded a wildcard. The last time Ramkumar had qualified for the main draw was at the ATP500 event in Washington last year.
Ramkumar will also participate in doubles as the Indian World No. 64 and his Mexican partner Hans Hach Verdugo will play against third-seeded local pair of Rajeev Ram and Jack Sock in the first round.
– Team Sportstar
National selection trials
The Nationall shooting selection trials will be held at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, and at the Madhya Pradesh Academy in Bhopal from August 17.
The fifth and sixth set of pistol trials are scheduled to be held in Delhi. The rifle events will be staged in Bhopal.
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) will adjust dates for students who have exams, subject to them presenting documents with their request.
Entries close on August 4. Entry fee ranges from Rs.2250 to Rs.2500 for the pistol events. It will be Rs.2250 to 3450 for the rifle events.
Meanwhile, the fifth shotgun selection trials are scheduled in Jaipur from August 2 to 7. Shooters have been asked to make their own arrangements for ammunition. The NRAI has also clarified that ammunition would be available for purchase at its office in Delhi.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
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