Sumit Nagal defeated German Daniel Masur 6-1, 6-Three within the closing match of the PSD Bank Nord Open on the Pinneberg tennis membership.
- Last Updated: July 1, 2020, 10:06 AM IST
Sumit Nagal has turn into the primary Indian to win a global match within the COVID-19 period after he lifted the PSD Bank Nord Open trophy, a domestically organised clay courtroom match in Germany.
Nagal, who’s at the moment India’s highest-ranked singles participant at 127, lately defeated second seed German Daniel Masur 6-1, 6-Three within the closing match on the match held on the Pinneberg tennis membership, two hours away from his residence in Peine.
“It felt good to be out there after almost four months,” Nagal informed ESPN after his win. “Just to be in a tournament at this point was both unreal and great. It was a small, nice event with under 60 players and not too far from where I train (Nensel academy) so I thought to myself, ‘hey, why not play some matches?'”
Nagal final performed a aggressive match in early March through the Davis Cup reverse singles towards Croatia’s Marin Cilic.
The Indian mentioned that the expertise on the match itself was very completely different from any he’d performed earlier than up to now. Players went via temperature checks and needed to sanitise their palms earlier than they received on courtroom. Because of the modest dimension of the match comprising of just a few gamers and a bunch of spectators, social distancing norms had been additionally adopted to a big extent, he mentioned.
“Everyone had to stay at least two metres away from each other. It’s something you had to keep reminding yourself just like the frequent hand sanitising,” mentioned Nagal.
“Also, only two players were allowed to use the locker room at a time. Since it was a small tournament these aspects were a lot more easily manageable,” he added.