Ramesh Krishnan

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Ramesh Krishnan
Country (sports)  India
Born (1961-06-05) 5 June 1961 (age 57)
Chennai, India
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro 1978
Retired 1993
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,263,130
Career record 320–288
Career titles 8
Highest ranking No. 23 (28 January 1985)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989)
French Open 3R (1982)
Wimbledon QF (1986)
US Open QF (1981, 1987)
Career record 37–70
Career titles 1
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (1987)
Last updated on: 13 June 2012.

Ramesh Krishnan (born 5 June 1961) is a tennis coach and former professional tennis player from India. As a junior player in the late 1970s, he won the boys' singles titles at both Wimbledon and the French Open. He went on to reach three Grand Slam quarter-finals in the 1980s and was a part of the Indian team which reached the final of the Davis Cup in 1987. Krishnan also beat then World No. 1, Mats Wilander, at the 1989 Australian Open. He became India's Davis Cup captain in 2007.

Early life[edit]

Ramesh was born in Madras,[1] India, and is the son of Ramanathan Krishnan, who was one of the world's leading tennis players in the 1960s. Ramesh emulated an achievement of his father's by winning the Wimbledon junior title in 1979. He also won the French Open junior title that year, and was ranked the No. 1 junior player in the world.


At the senior level, Ramesh reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon once (1986) and the US Open twice (1981 and 1987). He was admired for his touch, anticipation and all-round game, but his lack of a killer stroke or a strong service kept him from reaching the very top of the men's game.

Ramesh was a key member of the Indian team which reached the Davis Cup final in 1987. In the semi-finals against Australia, he beat John Fitzgerald in four sets the opening singles match, and then defeated Wally Masur in straight sets the decisive fifth rubber to give India a 3–2 victory. However, in the final against Sweden, India was defeated 5–0 with Krishnan losing two singles matches to Mats Wilander and Anders Järryd and with the Indian team managing to win only one set in the entire tournament. Ramesh was a stalwart on India's Davis Cup team from 1977 to 1993, compiling a 29–21 winning record (23–19 in singles and 6–2 in doubles).

At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Ramesh reached the men's doubles quarter-finals partnering Leander Paes.

Ramesh retired from the professional tour in 1993. Over the course of his career, he won eight top-level singles titles and one doubles title. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 23 (in January 1985). His career prize-money totalled US$1,263,130.

In 1998, Ramesh was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in recognition of his achievements and contributions to Indian tennis.[2]

Ramesh runs a tennis academy in Chennai, set up along the lines of similar institutions in the United States. He became India's Davis Cup captain in January 2007.[3]

Career titles[edit]

Singles Career Titles (8):

1989 (1) Auckland (Outdoor/Hard)

1988 (1) Wellington (Outdoor/Hard)

1986 (3) Hong Kong (Outdoor/Hard), Tokyo Outdoor (Outdoor/Hard), Schenectady (Outdoor/Hard)

1984 (1) Metz (Indoor/Hard)

1982 (1) Stuttgart Outdoor (Outdoor/Clay)

1981 (1) Manila (Outdoor/Clay)

Singles Career Finalist (4):

1988 (3) Rye Brook (Outdoor/Hard), Bristol (Outdoor/Grass), Auckland (Outdoor/Hard)

1985 (1) Cologne (Indoor/Hard)

Doubles Career Titles (1):

1987 (1) Nancy (w/Mezzadri, Indoor/Carpet)

Career highlights[edit]

  • Won eight top-level professional singles titles and one doubles title.
  • Reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 23.
  • 1979 – Wimbledon and French Open junior singles champion.
  • 1981 – US Open – reached the quarter-finals.
  • 1986 – Wimbledon – reached the quarter-finals.
  • 1986 – Won Japan Open.
  • 1987 – Reached the quarter-finals of 1987 South Australian Open and 1987 Heineken Open in back to back weeks in January.
  • 1987 – US Open – reached the quarter-finals.
  • 1987 – Member of the Indian team which reached the final of the Davis Cup. (Krishnan won the decisive singles rubber against Australia in the semi-finals. India went on to lose to Sweden in the final.)
  • 1988 – Won the Wellington Open, Runners Up in the ATP Auckland Open, Runners up in the Bristol Open, Runners Up in the Rye Brook, New York Open.
  • 1989 – Defeated the then-World No. 1 Mats Wilander in the second round of the Australian Open.
  • 1989 – Won the ATP Auckland Open, reached the quarter-finals of the Schenectady, New York Open and Washington, D.C. Open in back to back weeks in July. He reached the quarter-finals of the 1989 Livingston Open.
  • 1990 – Won the Schenectady open and reached the semi-finals of the 1990 Heineken Open.
  • 1991 – Reached the quarter-finals of the Wellington Open.
  • 1992 – Reached the semi-finals of the Singapore Open.
  • 1992 – Reached the quarter-finals of the Men's Doubles Competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain with Leander Paes.


  1. ^ "Pride of Chennai - A list of people that make Chennai proud". Itz Chennai. January 2012.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Krishnan Tennis Centre". Retrieved 23 June 2016.

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