Ajeet Rai

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Ajeet Rai
Country (sports) New Zealand
ResidenceNew Plymouth
Born (1999-01-18) 18 January 1999 (age 20)
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachRakesh Rai
Prize money$100,000
Singles
Career record0–0 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 694 (19 November 2018)
Current rankingnone (6 May 2019)
Doubles
Career record1–1 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 1133 (17 December 2018)
Current rankingnone (6 May 2019)
Team competitions
Davis Cup1–0 (Singles 0-0, Doubles 1-0)
Last updated on: 14 May 2019.

Ajeet Rai (born 18 January 1999) is a New Zealand tennis player.

Rai has a career high ATP singles ranking of 694, achieved on 19 November 2018, and a best doubles ranking of 1133, reached four weeks later.

Tennis career[edit]

2018[edit]

Rai's first experience of professional tennis was being given a wild card into qualifying for the 2018 ASB Classic in Auckland, where he was well-beaten by Taro Daniel in the first round. He played his first senior ITF tournament in Kampala, Uganda, in May, qualifying for the main draw in singles, where he reached the second round. The following week, at the same venue, he was given a wild card into both doubles and the main draw for singles, and reached the quarter-finals of both.

He reached his first doubles semi-final in China in July, but the highlight of his year to that date would come in September, when he made his Davis Cup debut for New Zealand, partnering Artem Sitak to win their doubles rubber against South Korea, giving Rai a perfect start to his senior international representative career. His first ITF doubles final came in Hua Hin, Thailand, in October, where he and Karunuday Singh lost in a match tie-break to the top seeds, Francis Casey Alcantara and Sonchat Ratiwatana. In singles at the same tournament, he progressed past the quarter-finals for the first time, going all the way to take the title over Manish Sureshkumar in three sets. His season finished with a couple of quarter-final losses in Futures events in Tay Ninh, Vietnam.

2019[edit]

Again given a wild card into qualifying in Auckland, Rai was a game away from defeating Roberto Marcora in the first round before eventually losing in three sets. He and New Zealand junior champion George Stoupe were given a wild card into the doubles, where they lost in the first round to Artem Sitak and Austin Krajicek.

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments (0–0)
$80,000 tournaments (0–0)
$60,000 tournaments (0–0)
$25,000 tournaments (0–0)
$15,000 tournaments (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No.    Date    Level Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 13 October 2018 $15,000 Hua Hin, Thailand Hard India Manish Sureshkumar 6–3, 4–6, 6–4

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments (0–0)
$80,000 tournaments (0–0)
$60,000 tournaments (0–0)
$25,000 tournaments (0–0)
$15,000 tournaments (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No.    Date    Level Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 12 October 2018 $15,000 Hua Hin, Thailand Hard India Karunuday Singh Philippines Francis Casey Alcantara
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
1–6, 6–1, [6–10]

Davis Cup (1)[edit]

Group membership
World Group (0)
Group I (1–0)
Group II (0)
Group III (0)
Group IV (0)
Rubber outcome No. Rubber Match type (partner if any) Opponent nation Opponent player(s) Score
Decrease2–3; 14-15 September 2018; Gimcheon Sports Town Tennis Courts, Gimcheon, South Korea; Group I Asia/Oceania Relegation playoff, 2nd round playoff; Hard (i) surface
Victory 1. III Doubles (with Artem Sitak) South Korea South Korea Hong Seong-chan / Lee Jea-moon 7–5, 6–3

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