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List of the Greatest Indian Tennis Players of All Time

Introduction

Since the last few decades, tennis has become a popular sport in India. Tennis players from India, such as Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, and Mahesh Bhupathi, have become global superstars. 

Even in India, a cricket-crazed country, the trio is as popular as the famous cricket players. While these three players represent the pinnacle of Indian tennis’ current generation, there have been many other notable figures across tennis news. These players have helped to shape the sport’s future in the nation. 

Top 3 Successful Indian Tennis Players

The most well-known tennis players in India are listed below.

1) Rohan Bopanna

He is the only Indian Grand Slam winner besides Leander and Bhupathi. He accomplished this achievement with Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski at the French Open mixed doubles event in 2017.

Rohan Bopanna also reached the semi-finals of the Rio 2016 mixed-doubles event with Sania Mirza. They did, however, lose the bronze medal match to Lucie Hradecká and Radek Štěpánek of the Czech Republic.

2) Ramanathan Krishnan

In 1954, Ramanathan Krishnan was the first Asian to win the Wimbledon boys singles, defeating future four-time Grand Slam winner Ashley Cooper in the final. His senior career didn’t quite match his junior record, but the Indian tennis player from Tamil Nadu was a steady performer at Grand Slam sports tournaments.

In 1960 and 1961, he reached the Wimbledon semi-finals twice, and in 1962, he reached the French Open quarter-finals. He reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals four times in doubles. He has remained the star of the Indian tennis news for a long time.

3) Vijay Amritraj

He was a 15-time champion on the ATP Tour as a singles player, with notable victories over tennis legend John McEnroe at the 1984 Cincinnati Masters and Björn Borg at the 1984 US Open.

Vijay won 13 ATP titles alongside his brother Anand Amritraj, and they reached the semi-finals of the 1976 Wimbledon, where they were defeated by eventual champions Brian Gottfried and Raul Ramirez. According to tennis news, both the Amritraj brothers were instrumental in helping India reach the Davis Cup finals in 1974 and 1987.

4)  Ramesh Krishnan

The son of Ramanathan Krishnan, who was the father of Indian tennis in the 1960s, Ramesh won the French Open and Wimbledon Junior Grand Slams as a junior player.

In 1981 and 1987, he also reached

the quarter-finals of the US Open twice.

In 1986, Ramesh reached

the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

In the 1989 Australian Open,

he also defeated the World No. 1 at the time.

In his professional career,

Ramesh won 319 singles matches.

According to tennis news, it has been reported that tennis is not a particularly popular sport in India. The strongest reason is that the sport necessitates a significant investment in the early years of a tennis professional’s development. 

According to the latest Indian sports news, another factor could be that, unlike cricket, tennis does not receive considerable financial support and sponsorship, which is hampered by economic restraints. These Indian players, on the other hand, have won Grand Slams and have helped to uplift the obsession with tennis in India.

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