Recognized as a 'special talent' and mentored by Mahesh Bhupathi, India's no two singles player Sumit Nagal is not getting "adequate" financial assistance, despite stunning the world from time to time with his performances. Now, Sumit's father, Suresh Nagal has pleaded for financial help from sponsors and government. "My son is 'special.' You know it. But will you help him? Everyone calls and congratulates but no one helps. He badly needs financial assistance from sponsors and government. Please help us. He will make the country proud sooner than later," he said. Sumit, who spelled shock waves in tennis world by winning the opening set against Roger Federer in US Open recently, has now won the ATP Challenger title (his 2nd) in Buenos Aires and shot 26 rankings up -- to a career-high of 135 at the age of just 22.
Sumit was getting some funds under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme but his name was later dropped from the list of beneficiaries. "I don't know the reason why this happened. Why he is not nurtured and supported keeping in mind the coming Olympics and the next one," Bhupathi has said. When Republic TV contacted Sumit, who is in Campinas, Brasil, said: "I don't want to say much. I am feeling lonely despite doing so well. I am seeing people turning their back and walking away from me. No one is besides me. I badly need is some assistance." saying this, he politely hung up the phone. Sumit requires an annual budget of Rs 1.5 crore but he is currently getting just the one-quarter of it. He had got some help from Virat Kohli foundation but that's not enough.
Reflecting on Sumit's talent, Vishal Uppal who has known him for years, says no doubt he is good but can be a better player. "He has a wonderful game but needs more consistency if he has to be in the top 50 players in the world, which he is capable of." Should Sumit be recognized as a potential medal winner in Asian Games or Olympics and be included in the government's top scheme is no longer a matter of debate. AITA is fully backing him. AITA secretary general Hiranmoy Chatterjee had said this young boy definitely needs government grants and financial assistance and it would be great if he was included in TOPs scheme once again. "AITA is writing to SAI & Ministry with his recent achievements and applying for TOPS scheme again"