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Tennis | How the love for cricket and doubles is fuelling Purcell’s rise in singles

Australia’s Max Purcell celebrates after winning the men’s singles final match against Australia’s James Duckworth at the Bengaluru Open 2023 tennis tournament, in Bengaluru on February 26, 2023. | Photo Credit: K. MURALI KUMAR Last month, Max Purcell arrived for the three-week ATP Challenger swing in India with twin desires — to reboot his singles career and see his beloved Australian Test cricket team perform well in the Indian sub-continent.By Sunday, the 2022 Wimbledon doubles champion had seen both of his wishes fulfilled. The Challenger title in Pune was his third in as many weeks (after Chennai and Bengaluru), a run that has helped him climb 108 places and debut in the singles top-100 (No. 95). His compatriots on the cricket field have come roaring back with a win in Indore, aft...