The doubles title at the 2021 National Junior U-18 Clay Tennis Championship is the latest feather from Kolhapur’s Sandesh Kurale – nicknamed “Big Server” for his perfect serve skills. Partnering with Haryana’s Chirag Duhan, he beat the duo of Munim Deep and Dhananjay Athreya 6-2, 7-5 in the doubles final held in Chennai on Friday.
“I’ve never played with Chirag before, but during the doubles we had our respective heights to our advantage. For example, when I was serving, it covered the front and covered a lot of area. Even with a few steps, you could take the ball. Our opponents have been under a lot of pressure because of this. While we had the first set 6-2, due to some mistakes on our part, we couldn’t finish in two sets. Chirag has a lot of doubles experience under his belt. We had shared our knowledge and used it to our advantage, ”the teenager said.
While Kurale is thrilled with the latest title, he said expectations stemming from his victory at the U-18 junior nationals in Indore earlier in April had affected his singles matches.