KUALA LUMPUR: Promising tennis player Darrshan Suresh completed a commendable double at the Tehran Junior Championships after clinching the singles title at the ITF Grade 5 tournament on Saturday.
Darrshan was, however, forced to dig deep before defeating his doubles partner Sina Moghimi of Iran 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in a rain-delayed final on clay at the Enghelab Sports Complex.
The duo had on Friday defeated Turkish pair Gokalp Ayar and Furkan Karabulut in the doubles final.
It turned out to be a happy ending for Darrshan who had suffered from food poisoning prior to the tournament.
National coach S. Selvarajoo said Darrshan will focus on higher grade tournaments after this.
"We are trying to help him move up the rankings and will be looking at bigger tournaments after this. He has already done well in a few higher grade competitions but he needs more exposure at this level," said Selvarajoo.
"He is there physically, he is almost six-feet tall, and has the right attitude and work ethic. We just need to keep him improving in certain areas of his game."
The 17-year-old had in July reached the singles quarterfinals at both the AGS Junior Tennis Championships in Jakarta (June) and Petit Camp Open in Phoenix, Mauritius in August. Both are ITF Grade 4 events.
Darrshan will next compete at the GreenMax Cup International Junior Championships (Grade 4) on Oct 9-14 followed by the Sarawak Chief Minister's Cup (Grade 3) on Oct 16-21.