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Purav Raja (/ˈpʊəræv ˈrɑːə/ POOR-av RAH-jə;[1] born 7 December 1985) is an Indian tennis player. He specializes in doubles and competes on the ATP World Tour. He has 2 ATP world tour level tiles in men's doubles. He represents India in the Davis Cup.

Purav Raja
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Raja at the 2018 French Open
Country (sports) India
ResidenceMumbai, India
Born (1985-12-07) 7 December 1985 (age 33)
Mumbai, India
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Turned pro2005
PlaysRight-handed
Prize moneyUS$506,894
Singles
Career record0–1 (0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 813 (30 July 2007)
Doubles
Career record62–74 (45.6% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 52 (17 July 2017)
Current rankingNo. 79 (4 March 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2018)
French Open3R (2017)
Wimbledon2R (2017)
US Open2R (2017)
Last updated on: 4 March 2019.

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Personal and early lifeEdit

Purav Raja grew up in Mumbai and began playing tennis when he was 7 years old. His favorite surface is indoor carpet and his favorite shot is the dropshot. Raja's favorite tournament is Wimbledon and his idols growing up were Stefan Edberg and Steven Gerrard. His hobbies are playing pool, cricket and table tennis. Raja say that if he was not a tennis player he would have been a politician. Raja is very active in the Ananda Ashran orphanage and The Fellowship of the Physically Handicapped in Mumbai. Raja splits his training between Mumbai and Bromley.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Raja turned pro in year 2005.[3] He started with ITF tour finding negligible success in singles but continued to excel in doubles. In year 2007 he started emerging as a doubles specialist as he went on to win 4 ITF titles. He followed his success in year 2008 with four more ITF doubles titles.[4] The same year he reached his first ATP Challenger doubles final at New Delhi Challenger 4 partnering with compatriot Rohan Gajjar.[5] He won his first doubles ATP Challenger title at 2009 Karshi Challenger with his Australian Partner Sadik Kadir.[6]

2010–2012Edit

From year 2010 Raja started finding consistent success at ATP Challenger tour. In year 2010 he reached four Challenger finals and won a title at 2010 Dunlop World Challenge in Tokyo with partner Treat Conrad Huey. In 2011 Raja reached three challenger finals winning one of it at 2011 Trofeo Paolo Corazzi. His performance dipped slightly in 2012. He reached only two Challenger finals and could not win a title after three successful years.

2013: Breakthrough, First ATP world tour titleEdit

In February, Raja made his Davis Cup debut against Korea. He partnered with Indian doubles legend Leander Paes and won his debut tie.[7]

2013 proved to be breakthrough year for Raja. He played most of the season with his most successful partner Divij Sharan. The pair performed consistently and reached 5 Challenger finals winning a title at Kyoto Challenger, Japan. Raja and Divij found their biggest success by winning their first ATP world tour title at 2013 Claro Open in Bogota, Colombia. They defeated second-seed French-Dutch combination of Édouard Roger-Vasselin and Igor Sijsling in the finals.[8]

They also entered qualifying draw at 2013 Wimbledon Championships and successfully qualified for main draw. They lost in first round to Nicholas Monroe and Simon Stadler. This was the first match at a Grand Slam event for both Raja and Divij.[9]

As a result of good run Raja entered top 100 rankings for the first time in his career. He also finished year inside top 100 doubles rankings at 90.

2014Edit

Raja's performance dipped a bit in year 2014. He could reach only two Challenger finals winning only one title. He won the title with Divij Sharan at Kyoto Challenger in Japan.[10] His performance at ATP world tour level was also poor with his best finish as a semifinal appearance at Zagreb Indoors. As a result his rankings fell out of top 100 and he finished year at 130.

2015Edit

Raja started season on strong note. He reached to semifinals at Chennai Open. In February, he partnered with Fabrice Martin and made to the finals at Zagreb Indoors. This was Raja's second ATP world tour level final. They lost to second seeds Marin Draganja and Henri Kontinen in the finals.[11] But after strong performance at ATP world tour level Raja started to struggle with his form. He could make it to only one Challenger final in first half of the season. He made good comeback in second half. He won a title at Portorož Challenger and made it to the finals at Hua Hin Challenger. He finished the year at no. 93 ranking in doubles.

2016: Second ATP world tour titleEdit

2016 proved to be very good year for Raja. He played for most part of the year with compatriot Divij Sharan and together they reached 6 ATP Challenger finals winning 4 of it. They won titles at Manchester Trophy Challenger, Aegon Surbiton Trophy, Open Castilla y León and Pune Challenger. The pair also won their second ATP world tour title at Los Cabos Open, Mexico. They defeated pair of Jonathan Erlich and Ken Skupski in the finals.[12]

In Grand Slams, Raja played his first ever match of French Open main draw along with Ivo Karlovic of Croatia. But they crashed out in the opening round of the men’s doubles event. The duo lost 1–6 2–6 to ninth seeded Polish-Austrian pair of Lukasz Kubot and Alexander Peya.[13]

2017Edit

Raja continued his good form in year 2017. He started the new season on strong note by reaching to his fourth ATP world tour final at 2017 Chennai Open with partner Divij Sharan. In an all Indian final they lost to the team of Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan.[14]

He reached three Challenger finals and won all of it. He won Bordeaux Challenger with Divij.[15] In November, he won back to back titles in two consecutive weeks at Knoxville and Champaign with Leander Paes.[16]

This was the first year in Raja's career where he played in main draw of all four Grand Slams. He played with Divij Sharan in first three slams of the year and partnered with Leander Paes for US Open. He crashed out in opening round at Australian Open, reached third round at French Open and lost in second round at Wimbledon and US Open.

In September, Raja played his second Davis Cup match with Rohan Bopanna in world group play-offs against Canada. But they lost to pair of Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil.[17]

Raja reached his career best ranking of 52 on 17 July 2017 and finished the year with doubles ranking of 60.

2018Edit

Raja registered his best result at Australian Open by reaching third round. His partner at the event was Leander Paes.[18]

Raja reached four ATP Challenger finals in 2018. He won two titles at Amex-Istanbul Challenger[19] and Wolffkran Open[20] while finishing as runner-up at Play In Challenger and Bengaluru Open.

On ATP tour he reached only two semifinals and had first round exit at 10 events. At the lack of poor performance on ATP world tour, he finished year at ranking of 90.

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
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 (2–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (2–1)
Indoor (0–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2013 Colombia Open, Colombia 250 Series Hard   Divij Sharan   Édouard Roger-Vasselin
  Igor Sijsling
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–3)
Loss 1–1 Feb 2015 Zagreb Indoors, Croatia 250 Series Hard (i)   Fabrice Martin   Marin Draganja
  Henri Kontinen
4–6, 4–6
Win 2–1 Aug 2016 Los Cabos Open, Mexico 250 Series Hard   Divij Sharan   Jonathan Erlich
  Ken Skupski
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–3)
Loss 2–2 Jan 2017 Chennai Open, India 250 Series Hard   Divij Sharan   Rohan Bopanna
  Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
3–6, 4–6

Challenger finalsEdit

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (15–19)

Doubles: 34 (15–19)Edit

Outcome W–L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2008 New Delhi 4, India Hard   Rohan Gajjar   Harsh Mankad
  Ashutosh Singh
6–4, 4–6, [9–11]
Win 1–1 Aug 2009 Karshi, Uzbekistan Hard   Sadik Kadir   Andis Juška
  Deniss Pavlovs
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 1–2 Jun 2010 Rome 3, Italy Clay   Sadik Kadir   Santiago González
  Travis Rettenmaier
2–6, 4–6
Loss 1–3 Jun 2010 Reggio Emilia, Italy Clay   Sadik Kadir   Philipp Oswald
  Martin Slanar
2–6, 7–5, [6–10]
Loss 1–4 Aug 2010 Beijing, China Hard   Sadik Kadir   Pierre-Ludovic Duclos
  Artem Sitak
6–7(4–7), 6–7(5–7)
Win 2–4 Nov 2010 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i)   Treat Conrad Huey   Tasuku Iwami
  Hiroki Kondo
6–1, 6–2
Win 3–4 May 2011 Cremona, Italy Hard   Treat Conrad Huey   Tomasz Bednarek
  Mateusz Kowalczyk
6–1, 6–2
Loss 3–5 Jul 2011 Recanati, Italy Hard   Federico Gaio   Frederik Nielsen
  Ken Skupski
4–6, 5–7
Loss 3–6 Oct 2011 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Divij Sharan   Sanchai Ratiwatana
  Sonchat Ratiwatana
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss 3–7 Jun 2012 Fürth, Germany Clay   Rameez Junaid   Arnau Brugués-Davi
  João Sousa
5–7, 7–6(7–4), [9–11]
Loss 3–8 Nov 2012 Loughborough, United Kingdom Hard   Divij Sharan   James Cerretani
  Adil Shamasdin
4–6, 5–7
Win 4–8 Mar 2013 Kyoto, Japan Carpet   Divij Sharan   Chris Guccione
  Matt Reid
6–4, 7–5
Loss 4–9 Apr 2013 Leon, Mexico Hard   Divij Sharan   Chris Guccione
  Matt Reid
3–6, 5–7
Loss 4–10 May 2013 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Divij Sharan   Prakash Amritraj
  Rajeev Ram
6–7(1–7), 6–7(1–7)
Loss 4–11 Jun 2013 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass   Divij Sharan   Sanchai Ratiwatana
  Sonchat Ratiwatana
7–6(7–5), 6–7(3–7), [8–10]
Loss 4–12 Oct 2013 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard   Divij Sharan   Mikhail Elgin
  Teymuraz Gabashvili
4–6, 4–6
Win 5–12 Mar 2014 Kyoto, Japan Carpet   Divij Sharan   Sanchai Ratiwatana
  Michael Venus
5–7, 7–6(7–3), [10–4]
Loss 5–13 Aug 2014 Aptos, United States Hard   Sanam Singh   Ruben Bemelmans
  Laurynas Grigelis
3–6, 6–4, [9–11]
Loss 5–14 Mar 2015 Guangzhou, China Hard   Fabrice Martin   Daniel Muñoz de la Nava
  Aleksandr Nedovyesov
2–6, 5–7
Win 6–14 Aug 2015 Portorož, Slovenia Hard   Fabrice Martin   Alexander Bury
  Andreas Siljeström
7–6(7–5), 4–6, [18–16]
Loss 6–15 Nov 2015 Hua Hin, Thailand Hard   Andre Begemann   Lee Hsin-han
  Lu Yen-hsun
Walkover
Loss 6–16 Apr 2016 Savannah, United States Clay   Divij Sharan   Brian Baker
  Ryan Harrison
7–5, 6–7(4–7), [8–10]
Win 7–16 Jun 2016 Manchester, United Kingdom Grass   Divij Sharan   Ken Skupski
  Neal Skupski
6–3, 3–6, [11–9]
Win 8–16 Jun 2016 Surbiton, United Kingdom Grass   Divij Sharan   Ken Skupski
  Neal Skupski
6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Win 9–16 Jul 2016 Segovia, Spain Hard   Divij Sharan   Quino Muñoz
  Akira Santillan
6–3, 4–6, [10–8]
Win 10–16 Oct 2016 Pune, India Hard   Divij Sharan   Luca Margaroli
  Hugo Nys
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Loss 10–17 Nov 2016 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard   Divij Sharan   Ken Skupski
  Neal Skupski
6–4, 3–6, [5–10]
Win 11–17 May 2017 Bordeaux, France Clay   Divij Sharan   Santiago González
  Artem Sitak
6–4, 6–4
Win 12–17 Nov 2017 Knoxville, United States Hard (i)   Leander Paes   James Cerretani
  John-Patrick Smith
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–4)
Win 13–17 Nov 2017 Champaign, United States Hard (i)   Leander Paes   Ruan Roelofse
  Joe Salisbury
6–3, 6–7(5–7), [10–5]
Loss 13–18 Mar 2018 Lille, France Hard   Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan   Hugo Nys
  Tim Puetz
6–7(3–7), 6–1, [7–10]
Win 14–18 Sep 2018 Istanbul, Turkey Hard   Rameez Junaid   Timur Khabibulin
  Vladyslav Manafov
7–6(7–4), 4–6, [10–7]
Win 15–18 Oct 2018 Ismaning, Germany Carpet   Antonio Šančić   Rameez Junaid
  David Pel
5–7, 6–4, [10–5]
Loss 15–19 Nov 2018 Bengaluru, India Hard   Antonio Šančić   Max Purcell
  Luke Saville
6–7(3–7), 3–6

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Updated through the 2019 Australian Open.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A 1R 3R A 0/2 2–2
French Open A A A 1R 3R 1R 0/3 2–3
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R A 2R 1R 0/5 1–5
US Open A A A A 2R 1R 0/2 1–2
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 4–4 2–4 0–0 0/12 6–12

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The pronunciation by Purav Raja himself". ATPWorldTour.com. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  2. ^ "ATP Bio - Purav Raja". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Purav Raja - ATP profile". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Purav Raja - ITF profile". itftennis.com. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  5. ^ "New Delhi Challenger 2008 - Doubles Draw". itftennis.com. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Karshi Challenger 2009 - Doubles Draw". itftennis.com. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Davis Cup Profile - Purav Raja". Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Divij Sharan, Purav Raja win first ATP tour title in Bogota". 21 July 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Divij and Raja's Wimbledon debut ends in heart-breaking defeat". PTI. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Divij and Raja clinch first Challenger title in Kyoto". PTI. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  11. ^ "PBZ Zagreb Indoors 2015". Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Indian Duo Surge To Los Cabos Title". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  13. ^ "French Open 2016: Leander Paes, Sania Mirza win; Purav Raja dislodged". PTI. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  14. ^ Chaudhuri, Sharmistha (9 January 2017). "Chennai Open: Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan win doubles title". Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Sharan, Raja win Bordeaux Challenger". PTI. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  16. ^ Kumaraswamy, K (19 November 2017). "Paes-Raja win second Challenger in a row". Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Davis Cup, India vs Canada: Rohan Bopanna – Purav Raja defeat puts India down 1-2 against Canada". PTI. 17 September 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Australian Open: Leander Paes, Purav Raja lose in pre-quarters; Rohan Bopanna advances". PTI. 21 January 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Purav Raja wins doubles title in Istanbul Challenger". 16 September 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  20. ^ Banerjee, Krishnendu (17 November 2018). "Bengaluru Open: Purav Raja upbeat despite another final loss". Retrieved 4 March 2019.

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