Top seed Vishnu Vardhan crashed out of the CCI-ITF Futures tennis tournament here on Wednesday. Vardhan retired after losing the first set 5-7 to Croatia’s Mate Pavic in the second round.
Vardhan started the match strongly, leading 3-1.
However, the Croatian broke Vardhan thrice and played some strong forehand winners to clinch the first set. Immediately after that, Vardhan decided to call it quits. “I wasn’t completely fit getting into the tournament as I’ve had a very long year. I tried playing as much as I could with 60% fitness, but I just couldn’t carry on,” Vardhan told DNA.
He added that he would not play any more tournaments in the year, including the ITF F14 Futures tournament in Pune and the Yokohama challenger in Japan, which he had originally planned to play to improve his ATP singles rankings.
The 25-year-old also admitted that he would fail to finish in the top 240 of the singles ranking this year, which was his aim before the start of the tournament. However, he said he was still hopeful of playing the Australian Open qualifiers next year.
Results: Singles (PQF): James Marsalek (GBR) bt 3-N Sriram Balaji (IND) 4-6 6-2 6-4; 8-Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (IND) bt Kaza Vinayak Sharma (IND) 6-1 6-4; Mate Pavic (Croa) bt 1-Vishnu Vardhan (IND) 7-5 retired ; 2-Christopher Rungkat (INA) bt Arjun Kadhe (IND) 6-4 6-3; Nicholas Reissig (AUT) bt 5-Saket Myneni (IND) 2-6 6-4 7-5; 4-Liang-Chi Huang (Tpe) bt Jui-Chen Hung (Tpe) 6-2 6-3; Purav Raja (IND) bt 7-Vijayant Malik (IND) 7-5 4-6 6-4; 6-Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) bt Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash (IND) 4-6 6-3 6-2