Sumit Nagal: Will be remembered as a One-Match Wonder?

NameSumit Nagal
Date of Birth16th August 1997
HometownJhajjar, Haryana
Height 5’10
Weight76 Kgs
CoachMariano Delfino

Early Life: 

Sumit Nagal was born on 16th August 1997 in Haryana in a Village named Jaitpur. Blessed to have a teacher as his father, Nagal’s mother was a homemaker. Nagal did not belong to a sports family. In this childhood, like most of the Indian teenagers, he wanted to make a name in Cricket. However, his father had different thoughts. He wanted his son to stand out in the crowd and hence wanted Sumit to make a name in a sport other than cricket. Nagal made a visit to the sports academy of his town along with his father. This is where his life took a turn and he was introduced to the game of cricket for the first time. Sensing the interest of Sumit Nagal his father enrolled him into the tennis academy at the age of eight and he started his journey in tennis.

Sumit Nagal: Turning Point:

Sumit Nagal started his rapid progress towards success. The young star earned his first considerable success in 2005 when he earned a call from Mahesh Bhupathi. The Indian veteran was shortlisting candidates for his ‘Mission 2018’ program. Bhupathi was looking for players who could earn India a singles Grand Slam medal by 2018. Mahesh Bhupathi was attracted towards Sumit when he uttered his now well-renowned words, “Mr Bhupathi, can you please look at my game?”

Nagal was selected out of the thousands of players. He was one of the three players who were shortlisted by the Indian tennis legend. Nagal moved to Bengaluru to work closely with Bhupathi. The improvement in his game was well visible and he soon moved to Canada to work with the famous coach Bobby Mahal. Even though Mahal took him under his wings, Bhupathi closely worked with Sumit Nagal. Sumit moved to Germany in four years, where Mariano Delfino, the Argentine coach, trained him for the Singles event.

The journey towards professionalism and Setback:

Sumit partnered with Lý Hoàng Nam of Vietnam in Wimbledon 2015. This is where he first engraved his name into the history by obtaining the titular victory. to script the history. Nagal became the first player after Sania Mirza to win the title at Junior Wimbledon. The contribution and success of Nagal were well noticed and he was called to the national Davis Cup squad.

However, luck did not favour him and Nagal received a huge setback in 2017. Sumit Nagal was dropped from the Davis Cup squad with management citing disciplinary issues for the decision. The step was a fatal one for the young Nagal. Somdev Devvarman the Indian star later also stated that he was dropped over fitness concerns and not for the widely reported disciplinary issues.

Comeback and the History: 

After the heartbreak of Davis Cup, Nagal worked on his fitness and made a comeback on the tennis scene in the same year. He won his first ATP title in 2017 in the form of Banglore Open. Nagal kept improving his game and became a regular name on ATP circuit. However, his moment of brilliance was yet to follow him.

Nagal came to the foray in 2019 when he qualified for the US Open, his first-ever Grand Slam. Furthermore, His first-round game against Roger Federer made him a household name. Sumit Nagal stunned the 20 times grand slam winner by defeating him in the first set. He forced the entire world to take a note of him and announced his arrival. Though Nagal lost the game 4-6.6-1,6-2,6-4, Nagal certainly proved that he has the potential to perform at the highest level.

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