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Indian tennis star Sumit Nagal has sneaked into the Men's Doubles main draw at the French Open 2024 as a last-minute alternate. Nagal had a tough draw in the Men's Singles as he took on Russia's Karen Khachanov and suffered a 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5). Suprisingly, Nagal will take on the Indian-Australian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden.

After Bopanna and Ebden's original Round 1 opponents Hungary's Márton Fucsovics and  Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland pulled out, Nagal sneaked into the Men's Doubles draw. The 26-year-old Indian will be partnering with WR 45 Sebastian Ofner of Austria. The 28-year-old star won his Round 1 clash against French youngster Terence Atmane 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 5-7.

Nagal enters French Open Men's Doubles draw; to face Bopanna & Ebden

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Sumit Nagal's dream 2024 continues

2024 has been an incredible year for the Jhajjar native as he started the year by qualifying for the main draw of the Australian Open in January and defeating Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan. He emerged victorious in the Chennai Open before playing two more Challenger competitions and qualifying for the Dubai Championship (ATP 500) and two ATP 1000 Masters - Indian Wells and Miami.

Sumit Nagal then created history by reaching the Monte Carlo Masters main draw and then became the first Indian player to reach the second round of the tournament at the Court des Princes. Nagal then sealed his French Open spot, now in two events.  The 26-year-old Indian also was included in the list of men's singles competitors for the prestigious Wimbledon later this year. Nagal will be the first Indian to play at the Championships in five years.