Following a Plea on Social media, Sumit Nagal Gets UK Visa Appointment to Play in Wimbledon

Sumit Nagal

Sumit Nagal, India’s number-one-ranked tennis sensation, faced a significant hurdle on his journey to the Wimbledon Championships. The British High Commission had not given him an appointment for a UK visa. However, Nagal turned this challenge into an opportunity by leveraging the power of social media.

Nagal took to X (formerly Twitter), pleading to the UK visa authority for an appointment. He expressed his urgent need for a UK Visa appointment in New Delhi to represent India at Wimbledon. His plea did not go unnoticed, as Christina Scott, the Deputy High Commissioner, swiftly responded to his request.

Following his plea on social media, Nagal received swift action from the British High Commission, securing an appointment. He later deleted the original post and thanked the UK visa authority, Christina Scott, and VFSGlobal for their swift response.

The swift in Sumit Nagal’s career

Nagal’s career has been on an upward trajectory, with a new career-high men’s singles ranking of 80 in the latest ATP Rankings. He made it to the main draw of the Monte Carlo Masters after beating Italy’s Flavio Cobolli and Argentina’s Facundo Diaz Acosta. Nagal was only the third Indian to compete in the main draw of the Masters event on clay after Vijay Amritraj (1977) and Ramesh Krishnan (1982).

In the opening round of the Monte Carlo Masters, he defeated World No. 38 Matteo Arnald of Italy to become the first Indian to win an ATP Masters 1000 match on clay since the series’ inception in 1990. However, Nagal lost to seventh seed and 2023 runner-up Holger Rune in the second round. As a result of his performance, Nagal rose 13 spots in the ATP Rankings.

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