Sumit Nagal Age, Career, Wife, Family, Biography & More
Bio/Wiki ProfessionTennis Player Famous ForCompeting against Roger Federer in the 2019 US Open Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 178 cm in meters- 1.78 m in feet inches- 5’ 10” Eye ColourBlack Hair ColourBlack Tennis Turned ProYear 2015 Coach• Bobby Mahal (2008-2014) • Sascha Nensel (2014-2016)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sumit Nagal
Sumit Nagal is an Indian Tennis player. He is the sixth Indian to win a Junior Grand Slam. Nagal shot to fame when he faced Roger Federer in the 2019 US Open.
Sumit Nagal with his ATP Challenger Trophy
In his childhood, he mostly used to play cricket, but his father wanted him to pursue tennis; as he wanted him to do something unique.
Soon after joining tennis, he started loving the game. His school coach became very impressed with his skills in the game and advised his father to get him professional training.
At the age of 7, his family moved to Delhi, where his father enrolled Sumit in the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Tennis Academy to be professionally trained.
He performed very well in the DDA academy. Sumit also won his first tennis tournament at the age of 8.
Sumit Nagal after winning a tennis tournament during his childhood
When Sumit was 10 years old, Mahesh Bhupathi, along with other international tennis players, started a talent hunt- “Mission 2018”, an initiative to find, train, and produce India’s first single’s Grand Slam winner by 2018.
Sumit’s father took him to Bangalore to participate in Mission 2018. There were more than 5,000 participants at the event, of which Sumit was one of the youngest players. Sumit was selected along with 2 other players after Bhupathi watched him play.
Reportedly, in an interview, his father said that he did not think Sumit would get selected; as there were thousands of other participants who were much older than him.
Bhupathi started to train Sumit, but the programme got shut down after 2 years. Bhupathi stopped training him, but he backed him financially, even after the programme ended.
Sumit Nagal during his younger days
Former Canadian tennis player and coach, Bobby Mahal, had seen Sumit train with Bhupathi. When Bhupathi’s programme ended abruptly, Bobby Mahal invited Sumit to train with him in Canada.
Even though Sumit’s family did not have the money to send him to Canada, Mahesh Bhupathi, sponsored his trip and accommodation in Canada.
Bhupathi is Sumit’s mentor and manager, and he guides him constantly. He advises him on what tournaments to participate in, how to play, and how to get more points and move up the rankings table.
In 2014, Sumit moved to Germany, after he was accepted in the Schuettler Waske Tennis University.
In 2015, Sumit participated and won the Boys’ Doubles title at Wimbledon with Vietnamese tennis player, Lý Hoàng Nam.
Sumit Nagal with Lý Hoàng Nam after winning the boys’ doubles at Wimbledon
In 2015, he turned pro, and in 2016, he made his debut for India in the Davis Cup.
Sumit Nagal playing in the Davis Cup
In 2017, Nagal was removed from India’s Davis Cup squad; citing disciplinary reasons. Later, a retired Indian tennis player, Somdev Devvarman, defended Sumit by writing an open letter to the All India Tennis Association (AITA). India Today
In 2019, he qualified for the US Open. He made his Grand Slam debut against Roger Federer on 26 August 2019.
Sumit Nagal with Roger Federer after their match
Sumit lost the match against Federer, but he won the first set against him. It also made him the first Indian to win a set against Federer. After the match, Federer praised him and stated that the first set was tough for him, and he was sure that Sumit would do very well in his career.
The official Twitter handle of the US Open also posted a tweet praising Sumit.
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