European Challengers 2024

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European Challengers 2024

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New thread for discussing challengers played in Europe this year.

This week, Arjun Kadhe playing in singles qualifying and came up with nice upset win over a top 400 player.

At Quimper Challenger 125, France (Hard)

[R1] Arjun Kadhe (IND,930) d. (11) Mikalai Haliak (BLR,380) 75 64

Next,

[Q2] Arjun Kadhe (IND,930) vs, (5) Moez Echargui (TUN,283)

In doubles, Arjun and Jeevan are fourth seeds and VSP/Aniruddh are second seeds.
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Re: European Challengers 2024

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Arjun lost in the final qualifying round in singles. But pairs of Arjun/Jeevan and Anirudh/VSP have won their first round matches.

At Quimper Challenger 125, France (Hard)

[Q2] Arjun Kadhe (IND,930) l. (5) Moez Echargui (TUN,283) 67(2) 16


[R1] (4) Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) /Otto Virtanen (FIN) 76(5) 64

[R1] (2) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND) / Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. Dan Added (FRA) / Karol Drzewiecki (POL) 63 36 10-7

Last year at this same challenger, Arjun and Anirudh had played together and reached the final. So, both of them have points to defend here.

Next,

[QF] (4) Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) vs. Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA) / Calvin Hemery (FRA)

[QF] (2) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND) / Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) vs. Ugo Blanchet (FRA) /Matteo Martineau (FRA)
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Re: European Challengers 2024

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Both pairs won their QF matches.

[QF] (4) Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) d. Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA) / Calvin Hemery (FRA) 75 36 10-3

[QF] (2) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND) / Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. Ugo Blanchet (FRA) /Matteo Martineau (FRA) 36 76(6) 10-8

And they play each other in SF.

[SF] (2) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND) / Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) vs. (4) Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND)

So, one of Anirudh and Arjun will at least retain their final points.
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Re: European Challengers 2024

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Anirudh/VSP reached the final as Arjun/Jeevan retired in first set.

[SF] (2) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND) / Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. (4) Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) 52 retd.

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[F] (2) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND) / Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) vs. Manuel Guinard (FRA) / Arthur Rinderknech (FRA)
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Re: European Challengers 2024

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Aniruddh and VSP lost in the final.

At Quimper Challenger 125, France (Hard)

[F] (2) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND) / Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) l. Manuel Guinard (FRA) / Arthur Rinderknech (FRA) 67(4) 36

Anyway, VSP will move to new career high of #80 while Anirudh is at #89, a bit below his career high ranking of 87.
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European Challengers, Mar-Jul 2024

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There will be a lot of Indian doubles pairs playing in Challengers in Europe, hopefully with some of them graduating to ATP250s or higher before long.

This week we are assured of one Indian pair being in the QF of the Murcia Challenger, with 4-Anirudh/VSP playing Rithwik/Niki in R1. Other pairs in that tournament include Arjun/Jeevan and Balaji/Begemann.

Niki lost in Q1 of singles. This is a pretty strong draw, with former #16 Basilashvili playing qualifiers, and former world #7 Richard Gasquet (admittedly 37 years old now) seeded second in the main draw.
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Re: European Challengers, Mar-Jul 2024

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Murcia Challenger

[R1] Arjun Kadhe/Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND/IND) d. Vladyslav Manafov/Ivan Liutarevich (UKR/RUS) 64 64
[R1] Andre Begemann/N Sriram Balaji (GER/IND) d. A. Pellegrino/A. Goransson (ITA/SWE) 63 62
[R1] 4-Vijay Sundar Prashanth/Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND/IND) d. RIthvik Bollipalli/Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha (IND/IND) 63 63
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Re: European Challengers 2024

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Moved the last posts to the European Challengers 2024 thread which I had opened earlier. We can discuss all European challengers in 2024 in this thread.


Good start for our players in Murcia Challenger.
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Re: European Challengers 2024

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Only Arjun/Jeevan made the SF there in Murcia. A disappointing outcome for the other 2 (1.5) pairs with Indian interest.

[QF] Arjun Kadhe/Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND/IND) d. 2-Petros Tsitsipas/Bart Stevens (GRE/NZL) 64 62
[QF] Anirudh Chandrasekar/N.VijaySundar Prashanth (IND/IND) l. Luca Margaroli/Santiago Rodriguez Taverna (SUI/ARG) 36 57
[QF] N.Sriram Balaji/Andre Begemann (IND/GER) l. Henrique Rocha/Francisco Cabral (POR/POR) 64 36 7-10
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Re: European Challengers 2024

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At the big Challenger 175 in Sardinia, Italy (clay).

[R1] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Francisco Cabral (POR) d. (WC) Niccolo Dessi (ITA)/ Alberto Sanna (ITA), 75 60
[R1] (PR) N.Sriram Balaji (IND) Andre Begemann (GER) d. Luciano Darderi (ITA)/ Thiago Agustin Tirante (ARG), 46 63 [10-4]
[QF] (PR) N.Sriram Balaji (IND) Andre Begemann (GER) d. (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Francisco Cabral (POR), 76(5) 76(4)
[SF] (PR) N.Sriram Balaji (IND) Andre Begemann (GER) d. (2) Alexander Erler (AUT)/ Lucas Miedler (AUT), 61 64
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[F] N.Sriram Balaji (IND) Andre Begemann (GER) vs Boris Arias (BOL)/ Federico Zeballos (BOL)

Balaji has moved up from #98 to #85 in live ranking with that... It seems they had to use Begemann's PR ranking to even make the entry at the tough challenger, but the money and points are worth it, as they have made 100 points and $4000 each :)
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Re: European Challengers 2024

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jayakris wrote: Sat May 04, 2024 2:05 pm Balaji has moved up from #98 to #85 in live ranking with that... It seems they had to use Begemann's PR ranking to even make the entry at the tough challenger, but the money and points are worth it, as they have made 100 points and $4000 each :)
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^^^ Yes, Sanjay. Some security issues were causing it, from what I understand. Dhruv had to spend some time to bring it back up, and he also moved the forum to another server now. He expects it to be more stable now.
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Re: European Challengers 2024

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jayakris wrote: Sat May 04, 2024 5:55 pm ^^^ Yes, Sanjay. Some security issues were causing it, from what I understand. Dhruv had to spend some time to bring it back up, and he also moved the forum to another server now. He expects it to be more stable now.
Great, thanks!
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Re: European Challengers 2024

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Balaji and Begemann won the big challenger title in Italy.

At the Challenger 175 in Sardinia, Italy (clay).

[F] N.Sriram Balaji (IND) Andre Begemann (GER) d. Boris Arias (BOL)/ Federico Zeballos (BOL) 64 67(4) 10-6

With that Balaji will move up to #83 in rankings. Should be able to make some ATP main draws again now and pretty close to grand slam main draws too.
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Re: European Challengers 2024

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At the Challenger 75 in Francavilla al Mare, Italy (Clay)

[R1] N.Sriram Balaji (IND) Andre Begemann (GER) d. (4) Dan Added (FRA)/ Luca Sanchez (FRA), 76(6) 63
[QF] N.Sriram Balaji (IND) Andre Begemann (GER) d. Adrian Andreev (BUL)/ Maks Kasnikowski (POL), 16 64 [12-10]
[SF] N.Sriram Balaji (IND) Andre Begemann (GER) vs (1) Sander Arends (NED)/ Matwe Middelkoop (NED)
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