India’s big serving Sumit Nagal won the boys doubles to complete the treble for Indians at the 2015 Wimbledon. Sumit, paring with Vietnam’s Nam Honag Ly, seeded eighth in the junior boys event beat fourth seeded pair of Japan’s Akira Santillan and American Reily Opelka 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. The match lasted for 63 minutes. Nagal and his partner broke their opponents in the 10th game of the second set and that proved decisive in the outcome of the match. While the entire country is rejoicing the wins in doubles (Women’s and mixed) Wimbledon 2015, it is worth reminding ourselves the achievement of Sumit Nagpal a 17 year old Delhi lad winning Junior Boys double title before the Paes won his mixed double trophy yesterday. He created a sort of history books as only sixth Indian to win a Grand Slam junior title after winning the boys doubles trophy at the Wimbledon championships.
Nagpal was playing his last junior event. Not used to playing doubles “It was just by accident that I entered in the doubles here” he said after the win. The pair apparently started playing doubles without practice he said. Sunil stays in Germany.
Ramanathan Krishnan (Wimbledon, 1954), Ramesh Krishnan (French Open and Wimbledon, 1979) and Leander Paes (Wimbledon 1990, US Open 1991) were the other junior Grand Slam singles champions from India. Sania Mirza had won the junior Wimbledon girls doubles title in 2003. Yuki Bhambri was the last Indian to taste success at the top level in junior tennis when he won the Australian Open boys singles title in 2009.