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Who is India's finest tennis player ever?

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Posted: 07 April 2010 at 7:46am | IP Logged

  Ramanathan Krishnan




Achievements:
  • Won the national senior title eight years on the row
  • First Asian to win the Wimbledon junior Singles title
  • World No.3 tennis player in 1960
  • Reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 1960 and 1961
In the early 19th century, when lawn tennis was introduced to the Indian masses, the game was dominated by the British, the inventors of the game. Most of the national titles were won by foreign players, largely due to the fact that Indian talent was undiscovered. During the time, the English tennis players dominated the game. Soon after, Indian players started featuring in the game, extensively. They made India's presence felt at the national level. One among the trendsetters, who popularized lawn tennis among the Indians, is Ramanathan Krishnan. He was one among the world's leading tennis players in the 1950s and 1960s.

Career
Krishnan learned the skills and nuances of tennis from his father - T.K. Ramanathan. After acquiring the skills, Krishnan soon went on to make it big at the national level. He swept all the junior titles at the national circuit, thus emerging as a promising player. In 1954, Ramanathan Krishnan received international accolade, when he became the first Asian player to win the boy's singles title at Wimbledon by defeating Ashley Cooper in the final. In 1960, he made it to the semi-finals of the men's singles competition at Wimbledon. However, he was defeated by Neale Fraser at the event. Nonetheless, Ramanathan reached the Wimbledon semi-finals once again, in the following year.

In 1960, Ramanathan Krishnan was ranked World No.3 tennis player, for the delivery of outstanding performances in a consistent manner. He regularly featured on the Indian Davis Cup team between 1953 and 1975. Due to his remarkable performance at the national level, he was included in the Indian team, to play at the 1966 Davis Cup. The team reached the finals. Ramanathan Krishnan received nationwide accolade for winning the Indian national tennis titles for eight years at a row. Today, even though he has taken retirement from the game, he is remembered for his scintillating performances and the contribution in making tennis in India stand equivalent to other countries at the international stage.




Vijay Amrithraj




        Vijay Amritraj, born on December 14, 1953, kept the Indian flag flying high, with his notable performances at the international tennis circuit. Amritraj, along with the father-son duo of Ramanathan and Ramesh Krishnan, is among the handful of Indians to have fared reasonably well in Grand Slam tournaments. Throughout his glorious career, Amritraj distinguished himself by getting the better of some of the greatest names of tennis history. Stalwarts like Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Newcombe fell before his aggressive serve and volley game.


Career
Vijay Amritraj achieved his first significant success in his career in tennis in 1973, when he made it to the quarter-finals at the two Grand Slam Men's Singles events. In 1973, he reached the quarterfinal of Wimbledon, but lost to eventual champion Jan Kodes, in a thrilling five-setter. The same year, in the U.S. Open, he lost the quarterfinal clash to tennis great Ken Rosewall after getting the better of Rod Laver in an earlier round. Amritraj repeated his feat in 1974, when he finished eighth after defeating Bjorn Borg in the second round at Forest Hills.

In 1974, Vijay Amritraj teamed up with Shashi Menon, Jasjit Singh and brother Anand Amritraj, to take India to the Davis Cup final for the second time. However, India refused to play South Africa in protest of the racist regime prevailing there. Vijay reached his career-high ranking in July 1980, when he was ranked World No. 16 tennis player. In 1981, Vijay Amritraj again reached the quarterfinal of Wimbledon, but a spirited Jimmy Connors rallied from a two-set deficit, to get the better of the Indian great. Amritraj had an equally impressive Davis Cup record.



Ramesh Krishnan



Achievements:
  • Won the junior Wimbledon championship in 1979
  • Ranked number 1 junior in the world
  • Reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and US Open
  • Padma Shri Award in 1998
      Son of Indian tennis legend Ramanathan Krishnan, Ramesh Krishnan was born on 5 June 1961 in Chennai. Ramesh, like his illustrious father, fetched India laurels in the international circuit. Ramesh retired from professional tennis in 1993. Currently, he is running a tennis academy in Chennai, for sharpening the skills of budding tennis players.

Career
Ramesh Krishnan started his career in tennis as a junior player, in the late 1970s, when he bagged the boy's Singles titles at both Wimbledon and the French Open. In the following decade, he made it to three Grand Slam quarter-finals. Ramesh emulated his father, when he won the junior Wimbledon championship in 1979. He followed it, with the junior French title. He was ranked number 1 junior in the world. At the senior level, Ramesh made it to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon (1986) and US Open (1981, 1987). For the consistent performance at the ATP tour, Ramesh achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 23 in January 1985.

Ramesh Krishnan became a part of the Indian tennis team in 1987, which reached the Davis Cup final of the year. Krishnan's Davis Cup record was equally noteworthy. He played a crucial role in steering India to the Davis Cup finals for the third time in 1987, by defeating a much more experienced Wally Masur of Australia in straight sets in the decisive rubber. In 1989, Ramesh defeated the then World No.1 Mats Wilander in the second round of the Australian Open. In the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, Ramesh reached the men's doubles quarter-finals, partnering with Leander Paes.



 Leander Paes




Achievements:
  • Won the 1990 Wimbledon Junior title
  • Won the Wimbledon and the French Open Doubles title in 1999
  • Bronze medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1996
  • Carried the tricolor at the 2000 Sydney Olympics opening ceremony
  • Padma Shri Award in 2001

            Leander Paes has scripted many memorable triumphs, both at the national and international levels. The Wimbledon Junior title and US Open Champion has brought laurels to the country, in his career spanning over a decade. In the past, he paired with another veteran Indian player - Mahesh Bhupathi - to deliver some enthralling performances. Paes is the inspiration to the young Indian tennis players. He is one of the most successful professional Indian tennis players, known worldwide for his amazing achievements and the never-say-die attitude that he maintains, while on the tennis court.


Early Life
Right from his early entry to tennis, Leander Paes proved to be a promising player. He won titles at the Junior US Open and the Junior Wimbledon, thus making the promise even stronger. Thereafter, he decided to take up tennis as his profession and turned into a professional tennis player in 1991. He shot into limelight, when he was ranked the World No.1 player in junior rankings. In the following year, he made it to the quarter finals of the doubles match in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, by pairing with veteran tennis player Ramesh Krishnan.

Success In Career
      Paes continued to perform outstandingly, as the time passed by. In 1996, he represented India at the Atlanta Olympics and won bronze medal, thus becoming the Indian tennis player, next to KD Jadhav, to win an individual Olympic medal for India. The scintillating performance fetched Paes the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1996. Thereafter, Paes partnered with Mahesh Bhupathi to add to the tally of his titles. The Paes-Bhupathi combination proved a reward for the Indian tennis, as the duo brought a number of titles to the homeland. They entered the semi-finals of the US Open in 1997.

      The doubles team of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi continued to dominate a number of tennis tournaments. One of the notable achievements of Paes-Bhupathi pair was the entry to the semi-finals of three Grand Slams - the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open - in 1998. The duo created a record, by reaching the finals of all the four Grand Slams, in 1999. By winning the French Open and the Wimbledon, Paes-Bhupathi team became the first Indian pair to have won a doubles event at a Grand Slam tournament.

        Apart from pairing with Mahesh Bhupathi, Paes has teamed up with Lisa Raymond to win the Mixed doubles event at Wimbledon in 1999. In the following year, he paired with Sbastien Lareau for the Australian Open and Jan Siemerink for the French Open. However, in both the events, they were defeated in the first round itself. Paes partnered with Bhupathi for the US Open, which fetched defeat in the very first round. Despite of wining the French Open in 2001, the Paes-Bhupathi duo lost in the first round in the other three Grand Slams of the year. Paes picked up pace in 2003, when he won Wimbledon and Australian Open mixed doubles crowns with Martina Navratilova.

     In the following years, Leander Paes put more focus on his doubles and mixed doubles game. He featured at many Mixed Doubles events, where he registered wins and tasted defeat too. After failing at the semi final stage of doubles event at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games (when he paired with Bhupathi), Paes emerged victorious at the US Open doubles event in 2006. He was chosen the captain of the Indian tennis team at the Doha Asian Games in 2006, in which, he won two gold medals in the Men's Doubles event (teaming Mahesh Bhupathi) and Mixed Doubles.

Present Day
Leander Paes continues to be one of the promising Indian tennis players. He was ranked among the top 20 players in the world doubles ranking in 2005 and maintained the position until 2007. He has taken his doubles tally to a whopping 38 times, as per recorded in May 2007. Although he had a split with his compatriot Bhupathi, the duo teamed up again at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. By teaming with Cara Black, Leander Paes won the US Open Mixed Doubles title in 2008. Although he is towards the end of his career, Paes continues to maintain his charm and authoritativeness, whenever he is on the tennis court.



Mahesh Bhupathi



Achievements:
  • Became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam by winning the French Open Mixed Doubles title in 1997
  • Won the Wimbledon and French Open Doubles Title in 1999
  • Won US Open Mixed Doubles in 1999
  • Won Australian Open Mixed Doubles in 2006
  • Padma Shri Award in 2001
    Born on 7 June 1974 in Chennai, India, he is a rarity in the Indian sporting scenario. In a career spanning for more than a decade, Bhupathi has delivered some amazing performances. He has teamed up with Leander Paes to dominate the Men's Doubles, for quite a long time. Bhupathi is among the best doubles tennis players in the world. Apart from contributing as a team, Bhupathi has proved his dexterity in tennis by winning a number of Singles titles too.

Career
Mahesh Bhupathi became a professional tennis player in 1995. He paired up with Leander Paes, the combination which has worked wonders for the Indian tennis. The pair won six ATP Doubles titles in 1997. Bhupathi, along with Paes, won three doubles titles, including French Open and Wimbledon, in 1999. He and Paes became the first Indian team to enter the finals of all the four Grand Slams in the same year, since 1952. Bhupathi won four doubles titles by teaming up with Paes in 2001.

In 2002, Bhupathi paired with Max Mirnyi and went on to grab the US Open Doubles title. In the same year, Bhupathi was conferred with Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards, for his excellence in tennis. In 2002, he partnered with Max Mirnyi and won the US Open Doubles title. In the same year, he grabbled the third Grand Slam Mixed Doubles title at Wimbledon, with Elena Likhovtseva. Bhupathi once again paired with Mirnyi in 2003, when the team reached the finals of Wimbledon Doubles. In 2004, he acquired the position among the top 10 Doubles players for the fourth successive year and sixth time in seven years.

Bhupathi teamed up with Paes to play at six more events. The pair played at Davis Cup, secured two ties and then paired to represent India at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, wherein they managed to reach the semi-finals. Two years later, Bhupathi, along with Martina Hingis, defeated the team of Daniel Nestor and Elena Likhovtseva in the Australian Open Mixed Doubles event.


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        Ramanadhan Krishnan seems the greatest as he was ranked world no. 3!
  Have watched both Paes and Bhupathi play and consider Paes the finer player.

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Originally posted by gengarjetty2

I once had a dream where roger federer told me that I was the best tenni player ever.


lmao! and he proposed to me in my dream Tongue

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Posted: 08 April 2010 at 1:35pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by P1nk

Originally posted by gengarjetty2

I once had a dream where roger federer told me that I was the best tenni player ever.


lmao! and he proposed to me in my dream Tongue
Empti bhai will get angry!!!

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Posted: 08 April 2010 at 1:37pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by debayon

Originally posted by P1nk

Originally posted by gengarjetty2

I once had a dream where roger federer told me that I was the best tenni player ever.


lmao! and he proposed to me in my dream Tongue
Empti bhai will get angry!!!


Oh but then you haven't heard the whole dream yet, Empti walked in and punched Federer .and we were a happy couple again.LOL

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Posted: 08 April 2010 at 3:26pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by P1nk

Originally posted by debayon

Originally posted by P1nk

Originally posted by gengarjetty2

I once had a dream where roger federer told me that I was the best tenni player ever.


lmao! and he proposed to me in my dream Tongue
Empti bhai will get angry!!!


Oh but then you haven't heard the whole dream yet, Empti walked in and punched Federer .and we were a happy couple again.LOL
God!ROFL
you are too much seriouslyLOL
 

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