India’s top singles tennis player Sumit Nagal will be out of action for a few months after undergoing hip surgery in Germany. Nagal, who is touted as the next big thing in Indian tennis and represented India at the Tokyo Olympics, has long been struggling with a right hip injury.
For the same reason he had to withdraw from India’s Davis Cup draw against Finland in September. He was also advised not to play on hardcourt. “As many of you know, I have been struggling with my right hip all season, I have not too many options left as I tried each procedure,” Sumit Nagal wrote on social media.
The 24-year-old, having made it to the senior circuit, famously took a set against Roger Federer to 2019 US Open. The following year, he became the first Indian to win an opening round match in a Grand Slam in seven years. He had also reached the 122 career world rankings in August 2020 and was ranked 137 at the start of the year. But due to various factors, it slipped to 217.
When he returns to the field, he will maintain his current position, thanks to the “protected ranking” arrangement, which allows players to maintain their current position for the duration of the injury.