Placed a career best ranking of No.146 on the ATP Charts, Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran spoke about the jump in rankings and his goals going into the new season. “I am quite happy that I made the top-150. But, it was not really a goal,” Prajnesh said.
He further added, “I was already very close, just happened to get a bit higher.” It’s been a good time for Indian Singles players with 3 now in the Top-150 with Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan featuring alongside Prajnesh.
“The first goal was to stay as close to 150 as possible since I would like to have a shot at playing the ATP 250 events in 2019. It looks like I could potentially push for more. Just depends on how I finish the year,” said Prajnesh, after winning his first round match in the $50,000 Challenger in Liuzhou, China.
His coach – M. Balachandran analysed Prajnesh’s progress, saying, “Prajnesh is playing more aggressively and winning points on his own, rather than being content to defend. He was outstanding in beating a tough player like Chung Yunseong of Korea with ease.
The idea is to play sharp and not allow the game to become predictable for the opponent.” He further added, “Prajnesh has the advantage of being a lefty. He has a big serve and forehand, a flat backhand.
Being a grinder, he can run down balls. It is a combination that is quite annoying for his opponents,’’ said the coach Prajnesh wants to keep his focus on singles, “I play doubles in the big Challengers.
It does help my net game. But, I don’t want to play too many doubles as it would hurt my recovery for singles. I have improved as a tennis player and I am also getting better mentally. That is what is getting me the results.” ALSO READ ‘I don’t like on-court coaching’ – Seles disagrees with Williams’ coach .