Somdev hopeful of improving Grand Slam singles record

Updated: 20 June 2011 18:13 IST

He has won just one Grand Slam singles match in his career but on the back of a reasonably successful season so far, Somdev Devvarman is hopeful of a improving his statistics at tennis Majors as he prepares to compete in his first-ever Wimbledon singles main draw.

New Delhi:

He has won just one Grand Slam singles match in his career but on the back of a reasonably successful season so far, Somdev Devvarman is hopeful of a improving his statistics at tennis Majors as he prepares to compete in his first-ever Wimbledon singles main draw.

Out of five appearances at the Grand Slam tournaments ever since turning pro in 2008, Somdev had made four first round exits and reached the second round of the US Open in 2009.

Coming into this year's Wimbledon, Somdev got the better of world number 33 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez but not before losing five straight first round matches.

But the Indian star says the win over Guillermo has boosted his confidence and he is hopeful of bettering his records at the tennis majors.

He will open his Wimbledon campaign against Denis Gremelmayr of Germany. "Ya, it's always good to win and to win against a good and experienced player like Garcia-Lopez. It is a definite confidence booster," Somdev told PTI from London.

"Yes, it is for sure. Playing in the main draw of the Wimbledon is quite exciting. I'm always hopeful. I'm quite happy with my preparations on the grass this year," he said as he made his first-ever direct entry into the Wimbledon singles main draw.

Last year, he had lost in the second round of the Wimbledon qualifying event.

Topics : Tennis Somdev Devvarman Wimbledon 2011
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