They have aced the game of tennis the best way and are making name worldwide
Over a last decade the popularity of Tennis has sprung in India, as people are enjoying a game of tennis with the same gusto as that of a cricket or football. While it maybe a famous sport in the West with various international stars already making a mark on the court, India too over time has emerged as a strong tennis player producing many talented tennis players. These players have won laurels for India in the past few decades and have become a household name. Let’s take a look at a few tennis players of Indians who have made a name for themselves across the world.
Ram took up tennis at a young age and won a total of nine National Junior Titles across various age groups. As he topped his national junior career by becoming state champion, Ram kicked off his Grand Slam career by finishing runners up in the doubles category at Wimbledon in 2002 and even earned a wild card entry in the 2001 Junior US Open. He is a two time Australian Open Winner and has partnered with players such as Raven Klaasen, Scott Lipsky, RohanBopanna, and Venus Williams.
Aveteran Indian tennis player has competed in the Olympics since 1992 and is the only Indian tennis player to win an Olympic medal. His partnership with Ramesh Krishnan in doubles in 1992 Barcelona Olympics took the duo to the quarter-finals. He is the recipient of Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Arjuna Award, and the Rajiv Gandhi KhelRatna award.
Bhupathi is the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament, won three doubles titles with Leader Paes in 1999, and also won a total of eight titles in mixed doubles. He has been awarded the Padma Shri in 2001. Though he is retired now Mahesh has had an iconic partnership with Leander Paes.
Mirza began playing at the early age of six and is the only Indian tennis player to a WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) title. She has won a total of seven grand slam titles and is also a former World No. 1 doubles player, a record she held for 91 weeks. Though she is retired from singles since 2013, she is a recipient of the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Arjuna Award, and the Rajiv Gandhi KhelRatna award.
The other tennis stars of India are Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna, Laxmi Pourri, Anastasia Malhotra and Astra Sharma among others.