Tamil Nadu government announces cash reward for Asian Games medallist Prajnesh

first_imgPrajnesh Gunneswaran, Asian Games 2018 tennis men’s singles bronze medallist, will receive a cash reward of 20 lakh from the Tamil Nadu government, as announced by the Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Saturday.Prajnesh settled for bronze in men’s singles tennis event at Asian Games 2018 after he lost his semi-final match to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in Jakarta on Friday.Prajnesh became only the sixth India to win a men’s singles medal at the Asian Games.Before Prajnesh, Leander Paes, Srinath Prahlad, Mahesh Bhupathi and Yuki Bhambri had won bronze medals in men’s singles for India while Somdev Devvarman remains India’s only gold medallist at the Games.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 7 LIVE UPDATES”I was delighted to learn about your triumph, a bronze medal in the tennis men’s singles event at the ongoing 18th Asian Games at Jakarta, Indonesia,” Palaniswami said in a letter to the tennis player.Congratulating him on behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu, the Chief Minister said “the Government of Tamil Nadu sanctions Rs 20 lakh for your achievement.”Palaniswami recalled that it was late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who had in December 2011 enhanced the cash incentive for sportspersons winning bronze medals at the Asian Games to Rs 20 lakh.”On behalf of Government of Tamil Nadu, I congratulate you and all those who have contributed towards your achievement and wish you to win many more medals for the country and Tamil Nadu in future,” he said.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennisPrajnesh, who is ranked 161st in the world, fought hard but went down 2-6, 2-6 to world No.75 Istomin in 86 minutes. Prajnesh was no match to the strength and power of Istomin.advertisementIstomin not only held his serves with ease but broke Prajnesh twice in both the sets to comfortably take the win.Even though Prajnesh remained neck-and-neck with Istomin on most factors, it were the unforced errors that had the glaring difference. Prajnesh committed 25 unforced errors compared to 17 from Istomin.Apart from that, Istomin converted 57 per cent of his break points while Prajnesh could not capitalise on just the three break points opportunities he had.Istomin also managed to control the net better than Prajnesh, having won a total of six points at the net while Prajnesh could manage only half of that.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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