Wimbledon 2022 reminds India’s hunt for a singles champion remains a pipedream

Tennis in India might have traversed some distance towards shedding its reputation as an elitist sport, but it still has a long way to go before being considered commonplace, like football or cricket or hockey. Photos: Reuters/PTI

Tucked away in a small corner of at least one national daily about a fortnight ago was the news that India would go unrepresented in the main draw of the singles event of another Grand Slam – Wimbledon 2022, this time. Ramkumar Ramanathan and Yuki Bhambri both went down in straight sets in the first round of qualifying action, leaving Indian fans hoping, again, for old warhorse Sania Mirza to keep the flag flying in doubles play. Rohan Bopanna, the other doubles ace, pulled out of the......