Young Indian talent Sumit Nagal, who won the Wimbledon junior men's doubles title with partner Nam Hoang Ly, has become the first tennis player to be supported by JSW's Sports Excellence Program (SEP).
Nagal, whose Wimbledon success in July ended a six-year barren run for India at a Grand Slam's junior competition, becomes the 40th athlete over six disciplines - athletics, judo, wrestling, boxing, swimming and now tennis - to be supported by JSW.
"With JSW Sport supporting me, I can now completely focus on my tennis. All that I need to think about now is how to be a better player on the court and make the country proud," said the 17-year-old in a press release on Wednesday.
Added Parth Jindal, Director JSW Sports: "Sumit is one of the most exciting names in Indian tennis. His win at the Wimbledon Juniors has demonstrated that he has it in him to succeed at the international level. We are confident that with our support, Sumit will develop in a comprehensive manner and continue to succeed on the international stage."
Sumit became only the sixth Indian to win a Junior Grand Slam title when he bagged the doubles crown at the Wimbledon Junior with his Vietnamese partner Nam Hoang Ly in July this year. Post his Wimbledon triumph, Sumit has been steadily raking in titles, having won four ITF $10,000 Futures titles. He won the singles titles at Hyderabad, Chennai and Madurai. He also claimed the doubles title in Madurai last month. He currently trains in Germany, coached by Argentine Mariano Delfino and is ranked 52nd spot in the ITF Juniors Rankings.
At the age of 10, Nagal was spotted by and since been mentored by Mahesh Bhupathi, training at the Indian tennis ace's Bangalore academy. The Haryana-born talent has, since becoming the sixth Indian to win a Junior Grand Slam, won four ITF $10,000 Futures titles and is ranked 52nd in the ITF Juniors Rankings.
"Sumit is a very exciting player and someone who is very hungry to succeed on the big stage. He is very sincere and I am sure that JSW's support will motivate him towards aiming for bigger honours", said Bhupathi.