Rajeev Ram

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Rajeev Ram
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Country (sports)  United States
Residence Carmel, Indiana, U.S.
Born (1984-03-18) March 18, 1984 (age 32)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 2004
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
College Illinois
Prize money $3,283,580
Singles
Career record 55–88
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 56 (April 18, 2016)
Current ranking No. 105 (August 22, 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2013, 2016)
French Open 1R (2010, 2016)
Wimbledon 2R (2013)
US Open 2R (2013, 2015)
Doubles
Career record 168–164
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 14 (November 21, 2016)
Current ranking No. 14 (November 21, 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2010, 2012, 2016)
French Open QF (2011)
Wimbledon SF (2016)
US Open SF (2014)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals F (2016)
Olympic Games 2R (2016)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2013)
French Open 2R (2015)
Wimbledon 3R (2011)
US Open F (2016)
Last updated on: August 22, 2016.

Rajeev Ram (born March 18, 1984) is an American professional tennis player on the ATP Tour. He won the Mixed Doubles silver medal with Venus Williams at the Rio Olympics 2016 and reached the final of the US Open with Coco Vandeweghe in the same year. He has advanced as far as the semifinals in men's doubles at the US Open and at Wimbledon and has made the quarterfinals of the other two slams. Ram has also won two ATP singles titles at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in 2009 and again in 2015.

Ram has claimed ten ATP doubles titles in his career, with several different partners. His career-high singles ranking is world no. 56, achieved in April 2016. He reached as high as world no. 19 in doubles in October 2016.

Personal[edit]

Ram was born to Raghav and Sushma Ram. His parents hail from Bangalore, India.[1] Table tennis, cricket, and music are some of his interests.

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.

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.

Ram then delayed enrollment at the University of Illinois until January 2003 so that he could continue to play tennis as an amateur on the pro circuit.[2] 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 2003 NCAA team championship.[2]

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.[3] 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, he won his first doubles title with American Scott Lipsky, defeating Rohan Bopanna and Kristof Vliegen for the outdoor hard court Atlanta Tennis Championships.[4][5] In the semifinals, Lipsky and Ram had defeated John Isner and James Blake.[6] In November, they won a tournament in Eckental, Germany.[7]

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).[4][8][9] In March, he and Lipsky won the Challenger of Dallas.[8] In June, he and Lipsky advanced as far as the quarterfinals at the 2011 French Open, before being defeated.[10]

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.

2015[edit]

In 2015 at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships he reached his second career final and won his second career ATP singles title by defeating Ivo Karlovic.

2016[edit]

In 2016 at the Delray Beach Open he reached his third career final losing to Sam Querrey. At the Olympic Games he won silver with Venus Williams following a loss to Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in mixed doubles.

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2016 US Open Hard United States Coco Vandeweghe Germany Laura Siegemund
Croatia Mate Pavić
4–6, 4–6

Year-End Championships[edit]

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2016 ATP World Tour Finals, London Hard (i) South Africa Raven Klaasen Finland Henri Kontinen
Australia John Peers
6–2, 1–6, [8–10]

Masters 1000 finals[edit]

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2016 Miami Hard South Africa Raven Klaasen France Pierre-Hugues Herbert
France Nicolas Mahut
7–5, 1–6, [7–10]

Olympic medal matches[edit]

Mixed Doubles: 1 (1 silver medal)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 2016 Summer Olympics Hard United States Venus Williams United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
United States Jack Sock
7–6(7–3), 1–6, [7–10]

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runners-up)[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 (2–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (2–0)
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
Winner 2. July 19, 2015 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States (2) Grass Croatia Ivo Karlovic 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up 1. February 21, 2016 Delray Beach Open, Delray Beach, United States Hard United States Sam Querrey 4–6, 6–7(6–8)

Doubles: 18 (10 titles, 8 runners-up)[edit]

Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–1)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–1)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (8–5)
Finals by surface
Hard (7–6)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (3–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents 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
Winner 8. June 21, 2015 Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany Grass South Africa Raven Klaasen India Rohan Bopanna
Romania Florin Mergea
7–6(7–5), 6–2
Runner-up 4. October 4, 2015 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i) South Africa Raven Klaasen Philippines Treat Huey
Finland Henri Kontinen
6–7(4–7), 2–6
Runner-up 5. April 2, 2016 Miami Open, Miami, United States Hard South Africa Raven Klaasen France Pierre-Hugues Herbert
France Nicolas Mahut
7–5, 1–6, [7–10]
Runner-up 6. May 21, 2016 Geneva Open, Geneva, Switzerland Clay South Africa Raven Klaasen United States Sam Querrey
United States Steve Johnson
4–6, 1–6
Winner 9. 19 June 2016 Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany Grass South Africa Raven Klaasen Poland Łukasz Kubot
Austria Alexander Peya
7–6(7–5), 6–2
Winner 10. 1 October 2016 Chengdu Open, Chengdu, China Hard South Africa Raven Klaasen Spain Pablo Carreño Busta
Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
7–6(7–2), 7–5
Runner-up 7. 9 October 2016 Japan Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard South Africa Raven Klaasen Spain Marcel Granollers
Poland Marcin Matkowski
2−6, 6−7(4−7)
Runner-up 8. 20 November 2016 ATP World Tour Finals, London, United Kingdom Hard (i) South Africa Raven Klaasen Finland Henri Kontinen
Australia John Peers
6–2, 1–6, [8–10]

Timeline in singles and doubles[edit]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Australian Open A A A Q1 1R Q1 1R Q1 Q1 2R Q2 Q1 2R 2–4
French Open A A A Q2 A Q2 1R A A A A A 1R 0–2
Wimbledon A A A Q1 Q1 1R 1R Q1 Q3 2R Q3 A 1R 1–4
US Open 1R 1R A Q1 Q1 1R Q1 Q3 1R 2R Q3 2R 1R 2–7
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–3 0–0 0–1 3–3 0–0 1–1 1–4 5–17
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–3
Year-End Ranking 297 195 197 253 190 79 184 149 132 127 139 89

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Australian Open A A A A A 1R A 3R 3R QF 1R QF 2R 2R 1R QF 15–10
French Open A A A A A A A 3R 1R 1R QF 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 8-9
Wimbledon A A A A A A QF 2R 1R 1R 2R QF 1R 1R 2R SF 13-10
US Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 3R SF 3R 2R 14–16
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 3–2 6–4 3–4 4–4 4–4 9–4 3–4 5–4 3–4 9–4 45–43
Olympic Games Not Held A Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 2R 1-1
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–3 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 8–11
Year-End Ranking 1099 541 448 133 113 122 65 68 39 67 45 44 78 53 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Resolute Ram Stays Focussed After Newport Titles". South Asia Mail. July 15, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Dicker, Ron (August 20, 2003). "American Decides Old Style Fits Fine". New York Times. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ram claims maiden ATP Tour title". BBC Sport. July 12, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Scott Lipsky: Good Things Come in Doubles". Center for Sport and Jewish Life. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Doubles Sunday – Lipsky/Ram Save Match Point To Win Atlanta Doubles Title". ATP World Tour. July 25, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Long Islander Wins Doubles Title at the Atlanta Tennis Championships". Long Island Tennis Magazine. July 26, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Tennis Players – Scott Lipsky". ATP World Tour. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Tennis Players – Scott Lipsky". ATP World Tour. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Americans Lipsky & Ram Win Delray Beach International Doubles Title". Long Island Tennis Magazine. February 28, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  10. ^ "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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