Sumit Nagal defeated German Daniel Masur 6-1, 6-3 in the ultimate match of the PSD Bank Nord Open on the Pinneberg tennis membership.
- Final Up to date: July 1, 2020, 10:06 AM IST
Sumit Nagal has turn out to be the primary Indian to win a global event in the COVID-19 period after he lifted the PSD Bank Nord Open trophy, a regionally organised clay courtroom event in Germany.
Nagal, who’s presently India’s highest-ranked singles participant at 127, lately defeated second seed German Daniel Masur 6-1, 6-3 in the ultimate match on the event held on the Pinneberg tennis membership, two hours away from his residence in Peine.
“It felt good to be out there after almost four months,” Nagal advised ESPN after his win. “Just to be in a tournament at this point was both unreal and great. It was a small, nice event with under 60 players and not too far from where I train (Nensel academy) so I thought to myself, ‘hey, why not play some matches?'”
Nagal final performed a aggressive match in early March throughout the Davis Cup reverse singles towards Croatia’s Marin Cilic.
The Indian mentioned that the expertise on the event itself was very completely different from any he’d performed earlier than in the previous. Gamers went by means of temperature checks and had to sanitise their arms earlier than they obtained on courtroom. Due to the modest measurement of the event comprising of just a few gamers and a bunch of spectators, social distancing norms had been additionally adopted to a big extent, he mentioned.
“Everyone had to stay at least two metres away from each other. It’s something you had to keep reminding yourself just like the frequent hand sanitising,” mentioned Nagal.
“Also, only two players were allowed to use the locker room at a time. Since it was a small tournament these aspects were a lot more easily manageable,” he added.