Prajnesh Gunneswaran has said that he is feeling good going into the 2019 edition of the prestigious Wimbledon starting from today. The Indian tennis star also stated that the last few months have been really tough for him as he suffered a shoulder injury which also affected his rankings.
India’s top-ranked men’s singles tennis player Gunneswaran will start his Wimbledon campaign against Canada’s Milos Raonic, who had made it to the final in the 2016 edition of the Grand Slam. Gunneswaran is playing his third straight main round draw in Grand Slam this year and is the only Indian in the singles category.
Before the start of the tournament, Gunneswaran has said that he wanted to improve his rankings but a shoulder injury affected him and the last two months were tough for him.
“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,” Gunneswaran told Sportstar.
Gunneswaran had qualified for the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time earlier this year when he played in the Australian Open. A series of good results in the Challenger Events took him into the Top 100 and he also earned a direct entry in the French Open and the Wimbledon. The Chennai-based tennis star also talked about the excitement of playing in a tournament like that of Wimbledon.
“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,” the world No. 95 added.
“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.”