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Somdev gets a wild card

Calcutta: Somdev Dev Varman, Saketh Myneni and Sanam Singh have been given wild cards at the State Bank of India ATP Challenger Tour, which gets underway at the Bengal Tennis Association (BTA) courts from Monday. National Grasscourt champion Vishnu Vardhan has earned the other wild card in the six-day tournament.

Another Indian Davis Cupper Yuki Bhambri, who made it to the final of the ATP Challenger in Chennai, on Friday, and has an ATP ranking of 171, has earned a place in the main draw. The tournament carries a total purse of $50,000 and is the highest prize money tournament in the city.

Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan, at 94, is the highest ranked player in the tournament. The main draw comprises 22 direct acceptances, four wild cards, four qualifiers and two special exempts.

The city leg is the second in the three back-to-back ATP Challenger Tours that will conclude with the $100,000 event in New Delhi.

The singles winner will earn 80 ATP points and take home $7,200, while the runner-up will get 48 points and $4,240. The winners in doubles will pocket $3,100.

Davis Cuppers Ilija Bozoljac and Boris Pashanski from Serbia, Zhang Ze and Wu Di from China, Go Soeda and Matsui Toshihide from Japan are also among the participants.