Divij Sharan (born 2 March 1986) is an Indian professional tennis player. He specialises in doubles and competes on the ATP World Tour. He has won 4 ATP World Tour titles in men's doubles and represents India in the Davis Cup. He won a gold medal in the men's doubles at the 2018 Asian Games.
Sharan at the 2018 French Open
|Residence||New Delhi, Delhi, India|
|Born||2 March 1986|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 438 (30 July 2007)|
|Career record||86–74 (53.8% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 36 (16 July 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 39 (27 May 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2018)|
|French Open||3R (2017)|
|US Open||3R (2013)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||1R (2019)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2014, 2017)|
|Last updated on: 29 May 2019.|
Personal and early lifeEdit
Divij was born in New Delhi. He began playing tennis at the age of seven at a local tennis academy. His favorite surfaces are grass and hard courts. His overall favorite shot is the volley. His idols growing up were Roger Federer, Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes. Divij has stated that if he did not become a tennis player he would have liked to become a company executive.
Divij's best junior world doubles ranking was No. 5 in 2003. His best result in Grand Slam junior championships was his semifinal appearance at the 2004 French Open where he partnered with compatriot Tushar Liberhan.
Divij turned pro in 2004. He found limited success in singles and developed as doubles specialist. He won his first Futures doubles title 3 years later, in 2007. He reached his first doubles ATP Challenger finals in 2010 at the Kyoto Challenger in Japan. He won his first doubles ATP Challenger title in September 2011 at the Ningbo Challenger in China. He continued to find success in doubles at both ITF and Challenger events. By the end of 2011, he had won 16 ITF titles and 1 ATP Challenger title.
2012 proved to be a breakthrough year for Divij on the ATP Challenger Tour. He reached 8 ATP Challenger doubles finals and won 2 titles in the year. Divij won the Busan Challenger with Yuki Bhambri and the Bangkok Challenger with Vishnu Vardhan. In September, Divij made his Davis Cup debut against New Zealand. With his good run he entered into list of top 100 ranked doubles players and later finished the year close to top 100 doubles ranking at 107.
2013: First ATP World Tour titleEdit
Divij continued to impress at Challenger events. He reached 5 finals and won a title at the Kyoto Challenger. This was his first title with his most successful partner Purav Raja. The pair played together throughout the year and they found their biggest success by winning their first ATP World Tour title at the 2013 Claro Open in Bogota, Colombia. They defeated the second-seeded French-Dutch combination of Édouard Roger-Vasselin and Igor Sijsling in the final.
Divij entered the qualifying draw at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships with Raja, with the pair successfully qualifying for the main draw. They lost in the first round to Nicholas Monroe and Simon Stadler. This was the first match at a Grand Slam event for both Raja and Divij. At the 2013 US Open, Divij partnered with Lu Yen-hsun from Chinese Taipei. The pair reached the third round where they lost to Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer.
As a result of this good run, Divij finished the year inside the top 100 doubles rankings for the first time at 71.
2014: Asian Games medalEdit
Divij reached 4 Challenger finals and won 2 titles in the year 2014. He won the Kyoto Challenger with Purav Raja and the Shanghai Challenger with Yuki Bhambri. His best result at an ATP World Tour event was a semifinal appearance at the 2014 Claro Open where he had partnered with Canadian player Adil Shamasdin.
The year 2015 was not so successful for Divij. He played with many different partners and reached 4 Challenger finals, winning 2 of them. He won the Guzzini Challenger with British partner Ken Skupski and the Izmir Challenger with compatriot Saketh Myneni. He played only a singles match at ATP World Tour level and lost it. He finished the year ranked 134 as a doubles player.
Divij made an excellent comeback in 2016. He partnered with Purav Raja and reached 6 ATP Challenger finals, winning 4 of them. They won the Manchester Trophy Challenger, Aegon Surbiton Trophy, Open Castilla y León and Pune Challenger. The pair also won their second ATP World Tour title at the Los Cabos Open in Mexico. They defeated the pair of Jonathan Erlich and Ken Skupski in the final. Divij finished the year with doubles ranking of 63.
2017: Entry into the top 50Edit
Divij started the new season on strong note. He reached his third ATP World Tour final at the 2017 Chennai Open partnering with Purav Raja. In an all Indian final, they lost to the team of Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. He then reached his fourth ATP World Tour final and won his third ATP title in Belgium at the European Open with his new partner Scott Lipsky. They defeated the pair of Santiago González and Julio Peralta in the final.
Divij had good run on the Challenger Tour as well. He reached four finals winning two of it. He won titles in Bordeaux with Purav Raja and Bangaluru with Mikhail Elgin. On the back of good results, Divij entered the top-50 on 27 November 2017 and has been holding a spot inside the top-50 since then.
2018: Asian Games gold medal, first Grand Slam quarter finalEdit
Divij started year with Maharashtra Open where he paired with compatriot Yuki Bhambri. The pair reached to the semis but lost to French pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Gilles Simon. At Australian Open, he reached third round thus making his best performance at the event.
Divij finished another year inside top-50 with doubles ranking of 39.
ATP career finalsEdit
Doubles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit
|Win||1–0||Jul 2013||Colombia Open, Colombia||250 Series||Hard||Purav Raja|| Édouard Roger-Vasselin
|Win||2–0||Aug 2016||Los Cabos Open, Mexico||250 Series||Hard||Purav Raja|| Jonathan Erlich
|Loss||2–1||Jan 2017||Chennai Open, India||250 Series||Hard||Purav Raja|| Rohan Bopanna
|Win||3–1||Oct 2017||European Open, Belgium||250 Series||Hard (i)||Scott Lipsky|| Santiago González
|6–4, 2–6, [10–5]|
|Win||4–1||Jan 2019||Maharashtra Open, India||250 Series||Hard||Rohan Bopanna|| Luke Bambridge
|Loss||4–2||May 2019||BMW Open, Germany||250 Series||Clay||Marcelo Demoliner|| Frederik Nielsen
Challenger and Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 3 (0–3)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Nov 2007||Pakistan F2, Lahore||Futures||Grass||Aqeel Khan||6–4, 3–6, 4–6|
|Loss||0–2||Oct 2008||Nigeria F4, Lagos||Futures||Hard||Kamil Čapkovič||4–6, 6–4, 4–6|
|Loss||0–3||Jun 2011||India F7, Delhi||Futures||Hard||Patrik Rosenholm||4–6, 4–6|
Doubles: 65 (34–31)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Jul 2006||Romania F11, Târgu Mureș||Futures||Clay||Bogdan-Victor Leonte|| Adrian Cruciat
|Win||1–1||Mar 2007||Nigeria F1, Benin City||Futures||Hard||Navdeep Singh|| Guillermo Hormazábal
Hans Podlipnik Castillo
|Win||2–1||Mar 2007||Nigeria F2, Benin City||Futures||Hard||Navdeep Singh|| Bogdan-Victor Leonte
|Loss||2–2||May 2007||Kuwait F2, Mishref||Futures||Hard||Navdeep Singh|| Thomas Oger
|Loss||2–3||Mar 2008||India F4, Gurgaon||Futures||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Lee Hsin-han
Wang Yu jr.
|Win||3–3||Sep 2008||India F6, Chennai||Futures||Clay||Vishnu Vardhan|| Ashutosh Singh
Sunil Kumar Sipaeya
|6–3, 4–6, [10–7]|
|Loss||3–4||Sep 2008||India F7, New Delhi||Futures||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Ashutosh Singh
Sunil Kumar Sipaeya
|Win||4–4||Oct 2008||Nigeria F3, Lagos||Futures||Hard||Rohan Gajjar|| Pavel Chekhov
|7–6(8–6), 6–7(2–7), [10–7]|
|Win||5–4||Mar 2009||India F1, Chandigarh||Futures||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Mithun Murali
Vijay Sundar Prashanth
|4–6, 7–5, [10–7]|
|Win||6–4||May 2009||India F4, New Delhi||Futures||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Tushar Liberhan
|Win||7–4||Jul 2009||India F5, New Delhi||Futures||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Rohan Gajjar
|Win||8–4||Jul 2009||India F6, New Delhi||Futures||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Vivek Shokeen
|Loss||8–5||Oct 2009||India F10, Kolkata||Futures||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Rohan Gajjar
|Win||9–5||Oct 2009||India F11, Pune||Futures||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Rohan Gajjar
|Loss||0–1||Mar 2010||Kyoto, Japan||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Vishnu Vardhan|| Martin Fischer
|Loss||9–6||Mar 2010||India F1, Kolkata||Futures||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Vivek Shokeen
|Win||10–6||Apr 2010||India F3, Vijayawada||Futures||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Sriram Balaji
|2–6, 6–3, [10–3]|
|Win||11–6||Jul 2010||Great Britain F8, Manchester||Futures||Grass||Vishnu Vardhan|| Barry King
|Loss||11–7||Jul 2010||Great Britain F9, Ilkley||Futures||Grass||Vishnu Vardhan|| Andrew Fitzpatrick
|6–3, 5–7, [3–10]|
|Win||12–7||Jul 2010||Great Britain F11, Chiswick||Futures||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| James Chaudry
|Loss||0–2||Aug 2010||Karshi, Uzbekistan||Challenger||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Gong Maoxin
|Loss||12–8||Oct 2010||Spain F35, Martos||Futures||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Agustín Boje-Ordóñez
|6–3, 6–7(2–7), [8–10]|
|Loss||12–9||Jan 2011||Cambodia F1, Phnom Penh||Futures||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Danai Udomchoke
|Win||13–9||Mar 2011||Australia F2, Berri||Futures||Grass||Vishnu Vardhan|| Chris Letcher
|4–6, 6–3, [10–8]|
|Win||14–9||Mar 2011||India F1, Mumbai||Futures||Hard||Purav Raja|| Gero Kretschmer
|Win||15–9||Mar 2011||India F2, Kolkata||Futures||Clay||Vishnu Vardhan|| Sriram Balaji
|Win||16–9||Apr 2011||India F3, Chandigarh||Futures||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Lee Hsin-han
|6–4, 4–6, [10–7]|
|Win||17–9||Jun 2011||India F7, Delhi||Futures||Hard||Rohan Gajjar|| Takuto Niki
|Win||18–9||Jul 2011||France F11, Bourg-en-Bresse||Futures||Clay||Laurent Rochette|| Alexandre Folie
|Win||19–9||Jul 2011||France F12, Saint-Gervais||Futures||Clay||Antal van der Duim|| Simon Cauvard
|Win||1–2||Sep 2011||Ningbo, China||Challenger||Hard||Karan Rastogi|| Jan Hernych
|3–6, 7–6(7–3), [13–11]|
|Loss||1–3||Oct 2011||Seoul, South Korea||Challenger||Hard||Purav Raja|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|Loss||1–4||Feb 2012||Burnie, Australia||Challenger||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| John Peers
|Win||2–4||May 2012||Busan, South Korea||Challenger||Hard||Yuki Bhambri|| Hsieh Cheng-peng
|1–6, 6–1, [10–5]|
|Loss||2–5||Jul 2012||Penza, Russia||Challenger||Hard||Yuki Bhambri|| Konstantin Kravchuk
|7–6(7–5), 3–6, [7–10]|
|Loss||2–6||Aug 2012||Beijing, China||Challenger||Hard||Yuki Bhambri|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|6–7(3–7), 6–2, [6–10]|
|Loss||2–7||Aug 2012||Samarkand, Uzbekistan||Challenger||Clay||Vishnu Vardhan|| Oleksandr Nedovyesov
|Win||3–7||Sep 2012||Bangkok, Thailand||Challenger||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Lee Hsin-han
|Loss||3–8||Sep 2012||Shanghai, China||Challenger||Hard||Yuki Bhambri|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|Loss||3–9||Nov 2012||Loughborough, Great Britain||Challenger||Hard (i)||Purav Raja|| James Cerretani
|Win||4–9||Mar 2013||Kyoto, Japan||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Purav Raja|| Chris Guccione
|Loss||4–10||Apr 2013||León, Mexico||Challenger||Hard||Purav Raja|| Chris Guccione
|Loss||4–11||May 2013||Johannesburg, South Africa||Challenger||Hard||Purav Raja|| Prakash Amritraj
|Loss||4–12||Jun 2013||Nottingham, Great Britain||Challenger||Grass||Purav Raja|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|7–6(7–5), 6–7(3–7), [8–10]|
|Loss||4–13||Oct 2013||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Challenger||Hard||Purav Raja|| Mikhail Elgin
|Loss||4–14||Feb 2014||Kolkata, India||Challenger||Hard||Vishnu Vardhan|| Saketh Myneni
|3–6, 6–3, [4–10]|
|Win||5–14||Mar 2014||Kyoto, Japan||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Purav Raja|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|5–7, 7–6(7–3), [10–4]|
|Win||6–14||Sep 2014||Shanghai, China||Challenger||Hard||Yuki Bhambri|| Somdev Devvarman
|7–6(7–2), 6–7(4–7), [10–8]|
|Loss||6–15||Oct 2014||Indore, India||Challenger||Hard||Yuki Bhambri|| Adrián Menéndez Maceiras
|6–2, 4–6, [3–10]|
|Loss||6–16||Mar 2015||Shenzhen, China||Challenger||Hard||Saketh Myneni|| Gero Kretschmer
|1–6, 6–3, [2–10]|
|Loss||6–17||Apr 2015||Sarasota, USA||Challenger||Clay||Chung Hyeon|| Facundo Argüello
|6–3, 2–6, [11–13]|
|Win||7–17||Jul 2015||Recanati, Italy||Challenger||Hard||Ken Skupski|| Ilija Bozoljac
|4–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–6]|
|Win||8–17||Sep 2015||Izmir, Turkey||Challenger||Hard||Saketh Myneni|| Malek Jaziri
|7–6(7–5), 4–6, [0–1] ret.|
|Loss||8–18||Oct 2015||Pune, India||Challenger||Hard||Maximilian Neuchrist|| Gerard Granollers
Adrián Menéndez Maceiras
|6–1, 3–6, [6–10]|
|Loss||8–19||Apr 2016||Savannah, USA||Challenger||Clay||Purav Raja|| Brian Baker
|7–5, 6–7(4–7), [8–10]|
|Win||9–19||Jun 2016||Manchester, Great Britain||Challenger||Grass||Purav Raja|| Ken Skupski
|6–3, 3–6, [11–9]|
|Win||10–19||Jun 2016||Surbiton, Great Britain||Challenger||Grass||Purav Raja|| Ken Skupski
|Win||11–19||Jul 2016||Segovia, Spain||Challenger||Hard||Purav Raja|| Quino Muñoz
|6–3, 4–6, [10–8]|
|Win||12–19||Oct 2016||Pune, India||Challenger||Hard||Purav Raja|| Luca Margaroli
|3–6, 6–3, [11–9]|
|Loss||12–20||Nov 2016||Bratislava, Slovakia||Challenger||Hard (i)||Purav Raja|| Ken Skupski
|6–4, 3–6, [5–10]|
|Win||13–20||May 2017||Bordeaux, France||Challenger||Clay||Purav Raja|| Santiago González
|Loss||13–21||Oct 2017||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Challenger||Hard||Yuki Bhambri|| Hans Podlipnik Castillo
|Loss||13–22||Oct 2017||Brest, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Scott Clayton|| Sander Arends
|Win||14–22||Nov 2017||Bangalore, India||Challenger||Hard||Mikhail Elgin|| Ivan Sabanov
|Win||15–22||Jan 2018||Canberra, Australia||Challenger||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Hans Podlipnik Castillo
Doubles performance timelineEdit
Updated through the 2019 Australian Open.
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