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Saketh Myneni

Saketh Myneni
Saketh Myneni 4, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports) India
ResidenceVisakhapatnam, India
Born (1987-10-19) 19 October 1987 (age 34)
Vuyyuru, India
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned proNov 2011
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$354,975
Singles
Career record2-3 (40.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 137 (12 September 2016)
Current rankingNo. 390 (18 November 2019)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenQ3 (2016)
French OpenQ2 (2016)
WimbledonQ2 (2015)
US Open1R (2016)
Doubles
Career record5-6 (45.5% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 113 (25 April 2016)
Current rankingNo. 187 (18 November 2019)
Medal record
Last updated on: 19 November 2019.

Saketh Myneni (born 19 October 1987) is an Indian professional tennis player. He is conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2017 and represents India in the Davis Cup. He won a gold medal in Mixed doubles and a silver medal in Men's doubles event at Incheon Asian Games 2014.

Personal life

Myneni was born in a small town named Vuyyuru in Andhra Pradesh to Prasad Myneni and Saroja Myneni. He grew up entirely in Visakhapatnam (Vizag). He completed his schooling from Timpany Secondary School , Visakhapatnam, before moving to Hyderabad for tennis. He started playing tennis at the age of 11. His nickname is Saké or Saki.[1] He was selected on a sports scholarship in 2006 and graduated with a double major with degrees in Finance and Economics from the University of Alabama in 2010. His hobbies include listening to music, watching movies and TV shows.[2] He currently resides in Visakhapatnam and trains every now & then in Hyderabad.[3] He proposed his girlfriend Sri Lakshmi Anumolu during the official Davis Cup dinner on 14 September 2016 which his which the UPSC aspirant agreed to with an "okay". His compatriot Leander Paes described the scene as "First Marriage Proposal I have witnessed congrats to cute couple".[4][5] The couple married each other on December 22, 2016.

Professional career

He has professionally won 10 ITF and 2 ATP Challenger singles titles. Also, 18 ITF and 11 ATP Challenger doubles titles.

2014: Challenger Level Success and Asiad Gold and Silver

He made his Indian Davis Cup Team debut at the 2014 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I Tie with Chinese Taipei, where he partnered Rohan Bopanna in the Doubles[6] He won both his doubles and Singles match as India successfully defeated Chinese Taipei 5-0.

Myneni win his first ever challenger title at the SBI Challenger where he partnered Sanam Singh. They defeated compatriots Divij Sharan and Vishnu Vardhan 6-3, 3-6, [10-4] in an all Indian final. Coincidentally both the pair in the finals entered the draw as a wildcards. A week later they won the Delhi Challenger where they upset top seeds Purav Raja and Divij Sharan 7-6(7-4),1-6,[10-4] in the 1st round and then 2nd seeds in the final to capture the title.

In the next Davis Cup tie against South Korea, he and Bopanna again won their match as India won the tie 3-1 to qualify for World Group Play-offs.

At 2014 Incheon Asian Games he partnered with Sania Mirza to capture the mixed doubles Gold.[7] He also won the Silver medal in men's doubles at same event where he partnered alongside Sanam Singh.[8]

Myneni won his 1st ever singles challenger title at the Indore Challenger where he upset top seed Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3, 6-7(4-7), 6-3 in the final to capture his 1st singles challenger title. He and Sanam Singh then won the KPIT MSLTA Challenger where they again defeated Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana of Thailand 6-3, 6-2. In the singles of the same tournament, he defeated players with much higher ranks namely Fabrice Martin, Hiroki Moriya and Aleksandr Nedovyesov respectively all in straight sets but lost to the eventual champion Y?ichi Sugita in straight sets in semis.

2020: Inactivity Due to COVID-19

Saketh entered only two tournaments in 2020 and played only seven professional matches. The first tournament was Maharashtra Open where he entered singles qualifying draw as a wildcard and lost to Nikola Milojevi? in straight sets. The second tournament was Bengaluru Challenger where he reached third round in singles after defeating Russians Aslan Karatsev and Evgeny Donskoy in straight sets but lost to ninth seeded Thomas Fabbiano. In Doubles, he partnered Matt Reid and upset top seeds Hsieh Cheng-peng and Denys Molchanov before retiring in semi-finals against eventual champions Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan.

After the COVID-19 pandemic had shut down tennis in March, Myneni decided to remain inactive for the rest of 2020 even when tennis came back in August.

2021: ITF Doubles Success

2022: Return To Challenger Level and Doubles Specialization

ATP Tour finals

Singles: 5 (2-3)

Legend
Grand Slam (0-0)
Olympic Games (0-0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (0-0)
ATP Tour 500 series (0-0)
ATP Tour 250 series (0-0)
ATP Challenger Tour (2-3)
Titles by surface
Hard (2-3)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Oct 2014 Indore, India Challenger Hard Kazakhstan Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3, 6-7(4-7)), 6-3
Win 2-0 Oct 2015 Vietnam Open, Vietnam Challenger Hard Australia Jordan Thompson 7-5, 6-3
Loss 2-1 Oct 2015 A?r?, Turkey Challenger Hard Uzbekistan Farrukh Dustov 4-6, 4-6
Loss 2-2 Feb 2016 New Delhi, India Challenger Hard France Stephane Robert 3-6, 0-6
Loss 2-3 Nov 2018 Bengalore, India Challenger Hard India Prajnesh Gunneswaran 2-6, 2-6

Doubles: 19 (12-7)

Legend
Grand Slam (0-0)
Olympic Games (0-0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (0-0)
ATP Tour 500 series (0-0)
ATP Tour 250 series (0-0)
ATP Challenger Tour (12-7)
Titles by surface
Hard (11-6)
Clay (1-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-1)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Feb 2014 Kolkata, India Challenger Hard India Sanam Singh India Divij Sharan
India Vishnu Vardhan
6-3, 3-6, [10-4]
Win 2-0 Feb 2014 New Delhi, India Challenger Hard India Sanam Singh Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
7-6(7-5), 6-4
Win 3-0 Oct 2014 Pune, India Challenger Hard India Sanam Singh Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
6-3, 6-2
Win 4-0 Sep 2015 ?zmir, Turkey Challenger Hard India Divij Sharan Tunisia Malek Jaziri
Ukraine Denys Molchanov
7-6(7-5), 4-6, 0-0 (ret)
Win 5-0 Oct 2015 Bangalore, India Challenger Hard India Sanam Singh United States John Paul Fruttero
India Vijay Sundar Prashanth
5-7, 6-4, [10-2]
Loss 5-1 Feb 2016 New Delhi, India Challenger Hard India Sanam Singh India Yuki Bhambri
India Mahesh Bhupathi
3-6, 6-4, [5-10]
Loss 5-2 Mar 2016 Shenzhen, China Challenger Hard India Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan Australia Luke Saville
Australia Jordan Thompson
6-3, 4-6, [10-12]
Win 6-2 Apr 2016 Nanjing, China Challenger Hard India Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan Ukraine Denys Molchanov
Kazakhstan Aleksandr Nedovyesov
6-3, 6-3
Loss 6-3 Aug 2016 Granby, Canada Challenger Hard India Sanam Singh Brazil Guilherme Clezar
Colombia Alejandro González
6-3, 1-6, [10-12]
Loss 6-4 Apr 2018 Taipei, Taiwan Challenger Carpet(i) India Prajnesh Gunneswaran Australia Matthew Ebden
Australia Andrew Whittington
4-6, 7-5, [6-10]
Loss 6-5 Jun 2018 Fergana, Uzbekistan Challenger Hard India Vijay Sundar Prashanth Russia Ivan Gakhov
Russia Alexander Pavlioutchenkov
4-6, 4-6
Win 7-5 Jul 2019 Chengdu, China Challenger Hard India Arjun Kadhe South Korea Nam Ji-sung
South Korea Song Min-kyu
6-3, 0-6, [10-6]
Loss 7-6 Nov 2019 Pune, India Challenger Hard India Arjun Kadhe India Purav Raja
India Ramkumar Ramanathan
6-7(3-7), 3-6
Win 8-6 Feb 2022 Bangalore, India Challenger Hard India Ramkumar Ramanathan France Hugo Grenier
France Alexandre Müller
6-3, 6-2
Loss 8-7 Feb 2022 Bangalore, India Challenger Hard India Ramkumar Ramanathan Austria Alexander Erler
India Arjun Kadhe
3-6, 7-6(7-4), [7-10]
Win 9-7 Apr 2022 Salinas, Ecuador Challenger Hard India Yuki Bhambri United States JC Aragone
Ecuador Roberto Quiroz
4-6, 6-3, [10-7]
Win 10-7 May 2022 Prost?jov, Czech Republic Challenger Clay India Yuki Bhambri Czech Republic Roman Jebavý
Slovakia Andrej Martin
6-3, 7-5
Win 11-7 Jul 2022 Porto, Portugal Challenger Hard India Yuki Bhambri Portugal Nuno Borges
Portugal Francisco Cabral
6-4, 3-6, [10-6]
Win 12-7 Aug 2022 Lexington, USA Challenger Hard India Yuki Bhambri Netherlands Gijs Brouwer
United Kingdom Aidan McHugh
3-6, 6-4, [10-8]

Other Finals

Asian Games

Finals: 2 (1-1)

Singles Finals: 0 (0-0)

Doubles Finals: 2 (1-1)

Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 0-1 29 September 2014 2014 Asian Games Asian Games Hard India Sanam Singh South Korea Hyeon Chung
South Korea Lim Yong-kyu
5-7, 6-7(2-7)
Gold 1-1 29 September 2014 2014 Asian Games Asian Games Hard India Sania Mirza Chinese Taipei Peng Hsien-yin
Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
6-4, 6-3

South Asian Games

Finals: 3 (1-2)

Singles Finals: 2 (0-2)

Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Silver 0-1 12 February 2016 2016 South Asian Games South Asian Games Hard India Ramkumar Ramanathan 5-7, 2-6
Silver 0-2 9 December 2019 2019 South Asian Games South Asian Games Hard India Manish Sureshkumar 4-6, 6-7(6-7)

Doubles Finals: 1 (1-0)

Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold 1-0 8 December 2019 2019 South Asian Games South Asian Games Hard India Vishnu Vardhan India Sriram Balaji
India Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
7-5,3-6,[10-5]

References

  1. ^ "Saketh Myneni ITF profile".
  2. ^ "Saketh Myneni ATP bio".
  3. ^ "Challenger Stars Reaping Rewards At US Open".
  4. ^ "Indian tennis player proposes to girlfriend at Davis Cup dinner, she says yes". Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Indian tennis star Saketh Myneni proposes to girlfriend at Davis Cup dinner". Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Saketh Myneni Davis cup profile".
  7. ^ "Asian Games 2014: Sania Mirza-Saketh Myneni Win Mixed-Doubles Gold".
  8. ^ "Asian Games: Sanam Singh, Saketh Myneni Settle for Silver in Men's Tennis Doubles".

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