Saketh Myneni registers his Slam presence, India’s singles record stays poor

first_imgSaketh Myneni’s first round exit from US Open got him the, went down fighting’ headlines and fight he did. For someone ranked 143rd in the world, coming off unbeaten from the qualifiers to lose to his 49th ranked opponent in five sets was creditable. But come to think of it, this was only India’s second entry in the Slams this year after Yuki Bhambri’s first round loss at the Australian Open. A look back at India’s singles entries at Grand Slams in the last two decades remind us of how Indian tennis is still a minnow at the stage that matters despite all the doubles’ glory. (Also read: India’s Saketh Myneni loses after a courageous battle in the US Open) Yuki also made it to the year’s first Grand slam, the Australian Open in 2015 and failed to win a match. No Indian qualified for the Grand slams in 2014. Yuki now, aged 24 has been out injured for five months. Saketh who is India’s best ranked singles player has shown steady improvement but bloomed late and is already 28. 19 year old Sumit Nagal is playing the Grand Slams juniors consistently but his professional career on tour is yet to kick start. Somdev Devburman raised hopes climbing to 62nd rank in the world and reached the third round of Wimbledon in 2011. He won three first round matches at the Australian, French and US Open in 2013. But the 31year olds singles career is now on the decline. Through the late nineties and early 2000’s India had some Slam presence courtesy Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi. Leander through his career had five Grand Slam singles appearances with his third round finish at the US Open in 1997 being his best. Bhupathi made it to the Slams on four occasions losing his first round games in each of them. The duo stopped trying once they began winning titles on the doubles circuit. With no youngsters knocking on the doors with any outstanding results, the Vijay Amritraj, Ramanathan and Ramesh Krishnan days of Indian tennis are still far away. advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterIn the southern province of Trang, along the untouched Andaman coast, some of Thailand’s best kept secrets are easily accessible from Anantara Si Kao Resort.The clear waters are home to one of the largest dugong populations in South East Asia. Also known as the ‘sea cow’, these sea mammals are becoming increasingly endangered due to hunting, fishing and destruction of their natural habitat. In partnership with the Marine National Park Diversion Centre Trang, Anantara guests can now take part in regenerating the fragile coastal ecosystem and rebuilding the prime feeding ground for endangered dugongs by planting its main food source – sea grass.At the Anantara Si Kao’s Environmental Centre, guests gather sea grass seedlings from the nursery and learn interesting facts about dugongs and the importance of sea grass for their survival. At low tide they travel to the stunning Had Chao Mai National Park for a short forest hike to the beachfront, and then walk across the sand banks to the restoration area, learning how to plant the sea grass with a local conservation expert. Returning to the hotel, guests are presented with an Anantara Sea Grass Project certificate by the environmental team, as a gesture of appreciation for taking part in the CSR activity.Though of great importance to the ecosystem, sea grass meadows are often forgotten in the conservation debate. Every hour across the globe, an area of sea grass the size of two football pitches is lost; a rate of loss that is equal to that occurring in tropical rainforests and on coral reefs, yet receiving a fraction of the attention. Anantara Si Kao Resort is committed to changing this and created the Sea Grass Planting CSR Project to help educate guests, restore and conserve sea grass beds, ensuring that marine life like the endangered dugong can continue to thrive in their natural habitat in the south of Thailand.It is estimated that there are approximately 250 dugongs left in the waters near Anantara Si Kao and the resort has also introduced tours that takes guests dugong spotting in their natural habitat. As guests keep their eyes peeled to spot dugongs swimming peacefully in the Andaman’s clear waters the excitement of a rare sighting is enriched by insightful facts about these shy and fascinating creatures.Anantara Si Kao Resort has a variety of CSR projects that guests can partake in, including beach clean-up activities, educational projects to help conserve environmental resources, and monitoring of coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass, beach erosion and wildlife.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more