Indian Tennis

Indian tennis round-up: Yuki Bhambri upset in Busan, Bopanna ousted at Italian Open

Yuki lost 4-6, 3-6 for the first time to the 265th ranked Ze Zhang.

India’s top-ranked singles player Yuki Bhambri was, on Thursday, knocked out of the Busan Open by China’s Ze Zhang while Rohan Bopanna was ousted in the second round of men’s doubles at the Italian Open in Rome, as he and Edouard Roger-Vasselin fell in straight sets.

Second seed Yuki, playing his first tournament since winning the Challenger at Santaizi in Taiwan, lost 4-6, 3-6 for the first time to the 265th ranked Zhang.

His compatriot N Sriram Balaji lost a tight second round match to second seed Attila Balazs at the Samarkand Challenger.

Balaji lost 6-7(5), 6-7(3) to his Hungarian challenger after a 126-minute battle.

Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin, seeded seventh in Rome, were involved in a tight first set against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas and Spain’s Marcel Granollers. The unseeded pair eventually took the set after a tie-breaker before taking the second set 6-4.

Meanwhile, at the ITF USD 25K event in Wuhan, Rutuja Bhosala and her partner from Great Britain, Emily Webley-Smith, lost to the Chinese pair of Hanyu Guo and Ying Zhang in the women’s doubles semi-final. The Indo-British pair went down 7-6(6), 2-6, 8-10 to the fourth seeds.


ITF Wuhan (USD 25K)  * Rutuja Bhosale and Emily Webley-Smith (Great Britain) lost to Hanyu Guo (China) and Ying Zhang (China) [4] in the semi-final.


ATP Challenger Busan, South Korea * Yuki Bhambri [2] lost to Ze Zhang (China) 4-6, 3-6 in the second round.
ATP Challenger Samarkand, Uzbekistan * N Sriram Balaji lost to Attila Balázs [2] (Hungary) 6-7, 6-7 in the second round.

ITF Uganda F3 Futures (USD 15K)
* Jayesh Pungliya and Dhruv Sunish lost to Jordi Munoz-Abreu (Venezuela) and David Perez Sanz (Spain) [1] 4-6, 0-6 in the quarter-final.

* Kunal Anand and Giovani Samaha (Lebanon) [4] lost to Tommaso Gabrieli (Italy) and Marco Miceli (Italy) 5-7, 2-6 in the quarter-final.

* Vinayak Sharma Kaza and Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan lost to Anton Chekhov (Russia) and Matt Seeberger (USA) [3] 2-6, 6-7 (3)  in the quarter-final.

* Vasisht Cheruku and SD Prajwal Dev lost to Tyler Lu (USA) and Goran Markovic (Serbia) 3-6, 3-6  in the quarter-final.
Rome Masters (ATP 1000) *Rohan Bopanna / Edouard Roger Vasselin lost 6-7 (5), 4-6 to Pablo Cuevas / Marcel Granollers in the second round
Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+ here. We welcome your comments at
Sponsored Content BY 

The cost of setting up an employee-friendly office in Mumbai

And a new age, cost-effective solution to common grievances.

A lot has been theorised about employee engagement and what motivates employees the most. Perks, bonuses and increased vacation time are the most common employee benefits extended to valuable employees. But experts say employees’ wellbeing is also intimately tied with the environment they spend the bulk of the day in. Indeed, the office environment has been found to affect employee productivity and ultimately retention.

According to Gensler’s Workplace Index, workplace design should allow employees to focus, collaborate, learn and socialise for maximum productivity, engagement and overall wellbeing. Most offices lag on the above counts, with complaints of rows of cluttered desks, cramped work tables and chilled cubicles still being way too common.

But well-meaning employers wanting to create a truly employee-centric office environment meet resistance at several stages. Renting an office space, for example, is an obstacle in itself, especially with exorbitant rental rates prevalent in most business districts. The office space then needs to be populated with, ideally, ergonomic furniture and fixtures. Even addressing common employee grievances is harder than one would imagine. It warrants a steady supply of office and pantry supplies, plus optimal Internet connection and functioning projection and sound systems. A well-thought-out workspace suddenly begins to sound quite cost prohibitive. So, how can an employer balance employee wellbeing with the monthly office budget?

Co-working spaces have emerged as a viable alternative to traditional workspaces. In addition to solving a lot of the common problems associated with them, the co-working format also takes care of the social and networking needs of businesses and their employees.

WeWork is a global network of workspaces, with 10 office spaces in India and many more opening this year. The co-working giant has taken great care to design all its premises ergonomically for maximum comfort. Its architects, engineers and artists have custom-designed every office space while prioritising natural light, comfort, productivity, and inspiration. Its members have access to super-fast Internet, multifunction printers, on-site community teams and free refreshments throughout the day. In addition, every WeWork office space has a dedicated community manager who is responsible for fostering a sense of community. WeWork’s customised offerings for enterprises also work out to be a more cost-effective solution than conventional lease setting, with the added perks of WeWork’s brand of service.

The video below presents the cost breakdown of maintaining an office space for 10 employees in Vikhroli, Mumbai and compares it with a WeWork membership.


To know more about WeWork and its office spaces in India, click here.

This article was produced by Scroll marketing team on behalf of WeWork and not by the Scroll editorial team.