With none of the world’s top 100 men’s tennis players attending the Commonwealth Games (most have cited clashes with the Association of Tennis Professionals, or ATP, tour and Grand Slam training schedules as reasons), India’s Somdev Devvarman might have the enviable distinction of being the top seeded player in the men’s draw. This comes at a good time for the rising Indian star, who is trying to make his mark on the international circuit and is poised to break into the top 100 in the ATP rankings.
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A much-loved sport across the world and a regular on the Olympics calendar, tennis will be making its debut at the Commonwealth Games this year. India has had its share of champions over the years who have gone on to leave a mark in several tournaments around the world. Leander Paes’ individual Olympic bronze at Atlanta and his doubles exploits with partner Mahesh Bhupathi at various Grand Slams and the Davis Cup are well known. With a new crop of young talent joining veterans on the courts, India can expect a good medal haul on home turf.