It was a good day for Indian Grand Slam debutants as Manas Dhamane and the pair of Jeevan Nedonchezian and N Sriram Balaji won the first round of the boys’ singles and men’s doubles respectively.
Dhamane, a 15-year-old prodigy, started his Junior Slam journey with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Australian wild card Jeremy Zhang. The Jeevan-Balaji duo, who were late substitutes in the doubles draw, defeated fifth seeds Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Austin Krajic of the United States 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-4 to reach their first Slam. Offered.
The Indian combo has been running consistently on the Challenger Tour since last year and also made the final of the ATP 250 Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune this month. Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna defeated local players Jimmy Forlis and Luke Saville 7-5, 6-3 in their mixed doubles opening round.