Amritraj bows out of ATP Challenger

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

The Indian challenge in the $25,000 Indian Oil Servo ATP Challenger tennis tournament came to an end today when Prakash Amritraj bowed out with a 6-7 (6/8), 4-6

Amritraj bows out of ATP Challenger

New Delhi:

The Indian challenge in the $25,000 Indian Oil Servo ATP Challenger tennis tournament came to an end today when Prakash Amritraj bowed out with a 6-7 (6/8), 4-6 loss to Yves Allegro of Switzerland in the second round. Gregory Carraz of France, the second seed and winner of last week's Challenger in Bangalore, survived a scare from Dmitry Vlasov of Russia to emerge 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 winner. Israeli Jonathan Erlich, who had come through three qualifying rounds, packed enough stamina to win 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4) in two hours and 15 minutes against another Russian Yuri Schukin, in his fifth consecutive three-set match in the tournament. Rodolphe Cadart of France too came through a three-setter, winning 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 over German Maxmilian Abel, while Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei who defeated Vijay Kannan in the first round gave a walkover to Thailand's Danai Udomchoke citing a knee injury. The event has turned out to be a disappointing one for the home fans as all the Indians have made their exit with three more days still left. The victories of Karan Rastogi over three higher ranked opponents in the qualifying rounds might have gladdened the hearts of the hosts, but the exit of Davis Cup players Harsh Mankad and Rohan Bopanna was numbing. Prakash Amritraj, who resides in the US and became eligible to play for India only this month, raised some hopes when he won the first round yesterday, but he stood exposed against the 243rd ranked Allegro whose all-round game he was unable to match. (PTI)



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