Vijayant misses Germany tour due to knee injury

The story seemed to be heading to a happy ending and Vijayant Malik could see the light at the end of the tunnel. He only had to beat Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Vijayant, if he overcame the higher seeded player, could have won what would be his first ITF men's futures title of the year. Only if he could.

As the final match of the ITF men's futures tournament unfolded in Coimbatore, right from the beginning it was evident that it was not Vijayant's day. One could clearly see the stiffness in his leg or was it possible leg cramps? While trailing Jeevan 1-5 in the second set, Vijayant had to retire hurt. Knee injury it was, he said.

Had he been fit, it was anybody's guess who would have ended up winning the third and final leg of the ITF men's futures tournament. Vijayant had faced Jeevan three months ago, in the ITF futures tournament in Madurai, but ended up on the losing side in the quarterfinals.

However, his performance peaked after that and since the ITF men's futures in Chandigarh in April earlier this year, Vijayant has atleast reached the semifinals four times our of five ITF futures tournament. He clearly was the in-form player in those tournaments where he beat top seeded players like N Sriram Balaji (he beat him thrice) and Yuki Bhambri.

"Looking back now, I can say my performance was satisfying. I reached quarterfinals on atleast seven occasions and I played three finals. I would have liked to carry the form forward but due to ankle injury my schedule has been disturbed," Vijayant said while speaking to Sportline.

Ten days have passed since that fateful day when Vijayant picked up the ankle injury. Forced to miss action and watch his dreams to play club matches in Germany go kaput, Vijayant is trying to pick up the pieces and gearing up to hit the court again. "Now that there aren't big tournaments in India in the coming days, I wanted to play abroad and get some experience of playing in foreign conditions. However, that dream was cut short by the knee injury. The injury is not serious; I am recovering well," shared the 23-year-old.

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