Paes Wins Tallahassee Challenger, Ramkumar Finishes as Runner-Up

Veteran Indian tennis player Leander Paes won his second Challenger-level title of the season.

Veteran Indian tennis player Leander Paes won his second Challenger-level title of the season but Ramkumar Ramanathan had to be content with a runner-up finish at the USD 75000 clay-court event in Tallahassee, Florida.

The top-seeded pair of Paes and American Scott Lipsky came from behind to pip Argentina’s third seeds Leonardo Mayer and Maximo Gonzalez 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-7 in the summit clash.

Paes had won the Leon Challenger in Mexico with Adil Shamasdin, earlier in the month.

Paes earned 80 ranking points with the this Challenger-level title.

However, Ramkumar, who was playing the first Challenger-level final of his career, lost the title match 2-6, 7-6(6), 5-7 to Slovenian qualifier Blaz Rola.

The 22-year-old Indian earned 48 ranking points and a pay cheque of USD 6,360.

(With inputs from PTI)