Tennis - India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran says he is feeling confident ahead of his debut at the Wimbledon Championships where he will meet former finalist Milos Raonic, who lost in 2016 final to Andy Murray. The 29-year-old Indian will be competing in his third consecutive Grand Slam main draw event and is recovering from a shoulder injury which has hampered his progress in the past couple of months.
Speaking to Sportstar, Gunneswaran commented, “It has been a tough couple of months with a shoulder injury. I was hoping to move up the rankings and unfortunately have not been able to. But going into this tournament, I feel good.
This week too had a chance to go deep in the event but unfortunately couldn’t close out. While personally now this is just another slam event, but growing up definitely you hear a lot about how big Wimbledon is in our sport and it feels good to be part of the event.
I think I will also be playing in a slight bigger court with a good crowd. Obviously, he has done it a lot more times than I have, but if I can return well and take the game deep, then I will have my chances. Compared to my first two Slam matches, I do feel more confident now because being here at this stage now feels more normal and you can now focus on just playing your game”.
Gunneswaran says he would be hoping to string some good results together in the coming weeks so that he will be able to maintain his Top 100 ranking. “If I can string some good results in the next few weeks, it will be easy.
At the end of the day, you have to do well at the big stages to move up the rankings so let’s see how it goes”.