Ramkumar Ramanathan, Leander Paes make early exit from Atlanta Open | tennis

After the high of Hall of Fame Open, India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan made a first round exit from the ATP Atlanta Open singles while veteran Leander Paes too was ousted from the hard court tournament.

Ramkumar, who ended a runner-up at the Newport event last week, lost 4-6, 4-6 to American world number five Taylor Fritz.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran has already lost his first round to Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko, thus Indian challenge ended at the tournament.

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In the doubles, Paes and his American partner James Cerretani lost their opener 5-7, 1-6 to American pair of Mike Bryan and Frances Tiafoe.

Purav Raja and Ken Skupski though had advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Ricardas Berankis and Malek Jaziri. Top seeded Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak are up against Romen Arneodo and Jeremy Chardy.

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