Sumit Nagal - From obscurity to champ!
Delhi boy Sumit Nagal on Sunday etched his name in the history books by winning the Wimbledon boys’ doubles title with Vietnam’s Ly Hoang Nam at the famous All England Club.
Suddenly from obscurity, the 17-year-old became the talk of the town, being mentioned on front pages of national dailies. The right-handed tennis player scripted history when he and Ly, seeded eighth, defeated American-Japanese fourth seeds Reilly Opelka and Akira Santillan 7-6(4), 6-4 in the final in an hour and three minutes on No.1 Court. Sumit had also entered the boys’ singles competition. However, he was ousted from the first round, losing to Argentinean Juan Pablo Ficovich in three sets.
The teenager was born on August 14, 1997, in Haryana’s <g data-gr-id="16">Jaitpur</g> before moving to Nangloi in the national capital. His father, Suresh, is a retired Army Havildar, his mother Krishna a housewife while his sister Sakshi Shokeen is married.
Since there was no live TV broadcast of the final, the family was following the scores on <g data-gr-id="14">internet</g>.