It was a good day for the Indian Grand Slam rookies as Manas Dhamne and the pairing of Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and N Sriram Balaji won the first round of men’s singles and men’s doubles respectively.
The 15-year-old up-and-coming talent Dhamne began his junior Slam journey with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Australian wild card Jeremy Zhang. Earning a late alternate entry into the doubles draw, the Jeevan-Balaji pair stunned fifth seed Ivan Dodig of Croatia and American Austin Krajicek 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-4 in their first appearance. in slams.
The Indian combo has had a steady run on the Challenger Tour since last year and also reached the final of the ATP 250 Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune this month. Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna edged out locals Jaimee Fourlis and Luke Saville 7-5, 6-3 in their first round of mixed doubles.