Winning a Grand Slam or an ATP event is every tennis players dream. After Leander Paes, Indian tennis continues to find a player, who can bring glory in the singles competition. Recently India’s No 2 singles player Ramkumar Ramanathan came close to winning an ATP event after a gap of 20 years when he reached the final of the ATP event in Newport, but eventually ended up on the losing side .
Inspite of having talented players like Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Yuki Bhambri in their ranks India are yet to get a foothold in the singles category. Here we look at those male Indian players who have won ATP singles titles in their career.
Having started his career in singles, Paes then switched to doubles and have 54 titles to his name. He was the first Indian player to win Olympic medal in tennis when he won the bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Apart from Olympic glory, Paes has also gone onto lift ATP singles title in Newport in the year 1998 beating South Africa’s Neville Godwin, 6–3, 6–2 in the final. Paes has also gone onto to beat Pete Sampras and young Roger Federer in his career.
If Ramkumar had defeated Johnson, he would have become the second Indian after Paes to have won a title in Newport.
Undoubtedly one of the legends of Indian tennis, Ramesh Krishnan was the best singles players India ever had on the international scene. The veteran was a force to reckon with in his playing days and went onto reach a career-high ranking of 23 on January 28, 1985.
He had the distinction beating World No Mats Wilander at the Australian Open in 1989. Speaking about grand slam events The 57-year old had reached the quarter-finals of the US Open twice and Wimbledon once.
Apart from reaching the latter stages of Grand slam tournament, Krishnan won numerous ATP titles in the 1980s. The year 1986 was one of the best years for the Indian when he won titles at Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Schenectady.
Former tennis player turned commentator Vijay Amritraj had a fabulous tennis career in which he went onto beat many top players in his era. He achieved success against the likes of Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, and Bjorn Borg. He too like Ramesh Krishnan had some best runs at Grand Slam event which includes reaching the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon and US Open twice.He won a total of 18 career titles in singles and 14 in doubles. He was also a part of the Indian Davis Cup team which reached the final in 1974 and 1987.