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Prakash Amritraj lifts ITF Men's Futures title

Prakash Amritraj (FILE PHOTO)

Pune - India’s former Davis Cupper, Prakash Amritraj outplayed national champion Saketh Myneni in staright sets to lift the men’s singles title at the $15,000 Solaris ITF Men’s Futures Tennis Championships, at the Solaris’s Club Aquaya here on Saturday.

The 27-year-old Prakash, son of the iconic Vijay Amritraj, playing his fourth tournament on his comeback trail, scored a 6-4, 6-2 in just one hour and 10 minutes over the fourth seeded and 374th ranked Myneni, and foiled the latter’s bid for a double crown here.

The singles turned out to be error prone for Myneni, who looked uncomfortable with a right arm injury through the match. Myneni, known for his serves, served poorly and was broken in the fifth game in the first set.

Amritraj served out the first set in the 10th game. In the second set, Amritraj broke in the third and the fifth games, with Myneni playing some loose tennis and wrapped up the match and 2nd title in 4 weeks that he has played.

“My mind is refreshed and I am blessed that I can play everyday. I felt good and had a good day and hope that I can play some good tennis. Saketh was the scariest opponent this week, but I’m thrilled with a win at Pune where I’m playing for the first time”, said Amritraj.

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