Rajeev Ram

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Rajeev Ram
Ram R. RG13 (6) (9404660126).jpg
Country  United States
Residence Carmel, Indiana, USA
Born (1984-03-18) March 18, 1984 (age 30)
Denver, Colorado, USA
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 2004
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,157,468
Singles
Career record 36–67
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 78 (November 16, 2009)
Current ranking No. 142 (November 17, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2013)
French Open 1R (2010)
Wimbledon 2R (2013)
US Open 2R (2013)
Doubles
Career record 118–123
Career titles 7
Highest ranking No. 33 (February 22, 2010)
Current ranking No. 53 (November 17, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2010, 2012)
French Open QF (2011)
Wimbledon QF (2007, 2012)
US Open SF (2014)
Last updated on: November 21, 2014.

Rajeev Ram (born March 18, 1984 in Englewood, Colorado) is an American professional tennis player on the ATP Tour. He is a tall, lanky player with a serve-and-volley style who is known best as a doubles specialist. He has advanced as far as the semifinals in doubles at the US Open and the quarterfinals at the other three slams. He has also won one ATP singles tournament in Newport, Rhode Island in 2009, winning seven straight matches to claim the title (two in qualifying and five in the main draw). He also won the doubles title at the tournament on the same day.

Ram has claimed six ATP doubles titles in his career, with several different partners. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 78, achieved in November 2009. He reached as high as World No. 33 in doubles in February 2010.

Personal[edit]

Ram is the son of Raghav and Sushma Ram. Table tennis, cricket (in particular, off spin bowling), and music are some of Ram's hobbies. His favourite cricket batsman is Lala Amarnath. His parents are from Bangalore, India.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In his junior career, Ram won a total of nine national junior titles, including singles and doubles. Amongst his titles were the National Claycourt 14-and-under singles title, the boys 16 and under national championship, the 18 and under Easter Bowl title, Kalamazoo doubles and the Target Cup tournaments. In addition to his nine junior titles, Ram played high school tennis at Carmel High School, earned All-State honors, became the state singles champion, and earned a scholarship in both 1998 and 1999.

Ram then delayed enrollment at the University of Illinois until the second semester so that he could continue to play tennis as an amateur on the pro circuit. During his one semester at Illinois, he won the national doubles title with Brian Wilson and helped the Fighting Illini go undefeated (32–0) and win the NCAA team championship.

Rajeev earned a wild card entry into the Juniors' 2001 US Open. Ram participated in all of the Grand Slam junior tournaments [1]. He was the runner-up in juniors doubles at the 2002 Wimbledon, partnered with Brian Baker.

Professional years[edit]

At the 2005 US Open, he lost in five sets to Stanislas Wawrinka. At the 2006 US Open, he lost in the second qualifying round to former college teammate Amer Delic. Rajeev made the 2007 Wimbledon doubles quarterfinals as a qualifier with Harel Levy, before losing to eventual champions Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra. Along the way, Ram and Levy upset the 15th seeded team of Martín García and Sebastián Prieto. In 2007, he won five doubles Challenger titles partnering Bobby Reynolds, and reached three other finals on his way to a career-high doubles ranking of no. 62.

On July 5, 2008, Ram won the Nielsen USTA Pro Tennis Championship in Winnetka, Illinois for his first career Challenger-level singles title.

He won his first ATP doubles title in Chennai, India 2009 with compatriot Eric Butorac.

On July 10, 2009, Ram accomplished the unusual feat of winning four professional-level tennis matches in one day. At the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Rhode Island, the tournament had been rained out early in the week, pushing back many scheduled matches. On July 10, Ram advanced to the singles semifinals with wins over Samuel Groth and Jesse Levine and then partnered with Jordan Kerr to advance to the doubles semifinals with wins over Arnaud Clément/Olivier Rochus and Nicolas Mahut/Fabrice Santoro. Mahut, Santoro, and Rochus each played three matches that day, though none of them won all their matches. Ram then went on to beat Rochus and world no. 39 Sam Querrey on consecutive days to capture his first ATP title.[2] He also captured the doubles title.

In his return to Newport in July 2010, Ram lost to no. 417-ranked qualifier Raven Klaasen after defeating Iván Navarro in the first round. Having raced to a 5–0 lead in the third set, Ram wasted several match points while serving at 5–1 before eventually losing, 7–5, 1–6, 6–7.

In Atlanta in July 2010, partnering with American Scott Lipsky, he won their first doubles title with Lipsky, defeating Rohan Bopanna and Kristof Vliegen for the outdoor hard court Atlanta Tennis Championships.[3][4] In the semifinals, Lipsky and Ram had defeated John Isner and James Blake.[5] In November, they won a tournament in Eckental, Germany.[6]

Ram started 2011 strong, partnering with Lipsky in February to take the indoor hard court San Jose Open (over Christopher Kas from Germany and Alexander Peya from Austria) and the outdoor hard court Delray Beach titles (over Alejandro Falla from Colombia and Xavier Malisse from Belgium).[3][7][8] In March, he and Lipsky won the Challenger of Dallas.[7] In June, he and Lipsky advanced as far as the quarterfinals at the 2011 French Open, before being defeated.[9]

2013[edit]

In 2013, he teamed with Rohan Bopanna. In Chennai, they reached the quarterfinals, only to fall to Benoît Paire and Stanislas Wawrinka.

At the Australian Open, they reached the second round, but lost to the Italian team of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.

In Dubai, they reached the semifinals, where they lost to Mahesh Bhupathi and Michaël Llodra.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. July 12, 2009 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States Grass United States Sam Querrey 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 6–3

Doubles: 10 (7–3)[edit]

Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (7–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (4–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. August 22, 2005 Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, United States Hard United States Bobby Reynolds Argentina Gastón Etlis
Argentina Martin Rodríguez
4–6, 3–6
Winner 1. January 11, 2009 Chennai Open, Chennai, India Hard United States Eric Butorac Switzerland Jean-Claude Scherrer
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. July 12, 2009 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States Grass Australia Jordan Kerr Germany Michael Kohlmann
Netherlands Rogier Wassen
6–7(6–8), 7–6(9–7), [10–6]
Winner 3. October 4, 2009 PTT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand Hard (i) United States Eric Butorac Spain Guillermo García-López
Germany Mischa Zverev
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Winner 4. July 25, 2010 Atlanta Tennis Championships, Atlanta, United States Hard United States Scott Lipsky India Rohan Bopanna
Belgium Kristof Vliegen
6–3, 6–7(4–7), [12–10]
Runner-up 2. February 6, 2011 South African Open, Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United States Scott Lipsky United States James Cerretani
Canada Adil Shamasdin
3–6, 6–3, [7–10]
Winner 5. February 13, 2011 SAP Open, San Jose, United States Hard (i) United States Scott Lipsky Colombia Alejandro Falla
Belgium Xavier Malisse
6–4, 4–6, [10–8]
Winner 6. February 27, 2011 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, Delray Beach, United States Hard United States Scott Lipsky Germany Christopher Kas
Austria Alexander Peya
4–6, 6–4, [10–3]
Winner 7. September 23, 2012 St. Petersburg Open, Saint Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Slovakia Lukáš Lacko
Slovakia Igor Zelenay
6–2, 4–6, [10–6]
Runner-up 3. July 13, 2014 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, Rhode Island Grass Israel Jonathan Erlich Australia Lleyton Hewitt
Australia Chris Guccione
5–7, 4–6

Timeline in singles and doubles[edit]

Men's singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Australian Open W SF W Q1 1R Q1 Q1 2R Q2
French Open A QF A Q2 A Q2 1R A A A A
Wimbledon A A A Q1 Q1 1R 1R Q1 Q3 2R Q3
US Open 1R 1R A Q1 Q1 1R Q1 Q3 1R 2R
Annual Win-Loss 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–3 0–0 0–1 3–3

Men's doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Australian Open A A 1R A 3R 3R QF 1R QF 2R 2R
French Open A A A A 3R A 1R QF 3R 1R 1R
Wimbledon A A A QF 2R 1R 1R 2R QF 1R 1R
US Open 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 3R SF
Annual Win-Loss 1–1 0–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–4 4–2 3–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Resolute Ram Stays Focussed After Newport Titles". South Asia Mail. July 15, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ram claims maiden ATP Tour title". BBC Sport. July 12, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Scott Lipsky: Good Things Come in Doubles". Center for Sport and Jewish Life. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Doubles Sunday – Lipsky/Ram Save Match Point To Win Atlanta Doubles Title". ATP World Tour. July 25, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Long Islander Wins Doubles Title at the Atlanta Tennis Championships". Long Island Tennis Magazine. July 26, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Tennis Players – Scott Lipsky". ATP World Tour. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Tennis Players – Scott Lipsky". ATP World Tour. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Americans Lipsky & Ram Win Delray Beach International Doubles Title". Long Island Tennis Magazine. February 28, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "2011 French Open: Scott Lipsky, Casey Dellacqua win mixed doubles; Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan lose in doubles semifinals". ESPN. June 2, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 

1. http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Rajeev-Ram.aspx?t=pa

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