Purav Raja (/ / POOR-av RAH-jə; 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 titles in men's doubles. He represents India in the Davis Cup.
Raja at the 2018 French Open
|Born||7 December 1985|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Career record||0–1 (0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 813 (30 July 2007)|
|Career record||67–82 (45.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 52 (17 July 2017)|
|Current ranking||No. 112 (16 March 2020)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2018)|
|French Open||3R (2017)|
|US Open||2R (2017)|
|Last updated on: 22 March 2020.|
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.
Raja turned pro in year 2005. 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. The same year he reached his first ATP Challenger doubles final at New Delhi Challenger 4 partnering with compatriot Rohan Gajjar. He won his first doubles ATP Challenger title at 2009 Karshi Challenger with his Australian Partner Sadik Kadir.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
He reached three Challenger finals and won all of it. He won Bordeaux Challenger with Divij. In November, he won back to back titles in two consecutive weeks at Knoxville and Champaign with Leander Paes.
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.
Raja reached his career best ranking of 52 on 17 July 2017 and finished the year with doubles ranking of 60.
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
|Win||1–0||Jul 2013||Colombia Open, Colombia||250 Series||Hard||Divij Sharan|| Édouard Roger-Vasselin
|Loss||1–1||Feb 2015||Zagreb Indoors, Croatia||250 Series||Hard (i)||Fabrice Martin|| Marin Draganja
|Win||2–1||Aug 2016||Los Cabos Open, Mexico||250 Series||Hard||Divij Sharan|| Jonathan Erlich
|Loss||2–2||Jan 2017||Chennai Open, India||250 Series||Hard||Divij Sharan|| Rohan Bopanna
|ATP Challenger Tour (18–19)|
Doubles: 36 (18–19)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
|6–4, 4–6, [9–11]|
|Win||1–1||Aug 2009||Karshi, Uzbekistan||Hard||Sadik Kadir|| Andis Juška
|Loss||1–2||Jun 2010||Rome 3, Italy||Clay||Sadik Kadir|| Santiago González
|Loss||1–3||Jun 2010||Reggio Emilia, Italy||Clay||Sadik Kadir|| Philipp Oswald
|2–6, 7–5, [6–10]|
|Loss||1–4||Aug 2010||Beijing, China||Hard||Sadik Kadir|| Pierre-Ludovic Duclos
|Win||2–4||Nov 2010||Toyota, Japan||Carpet (i)||Treat Conrad Huey|| Tasuku Iwami
|Win||3–4||May 2011||Cremona, Italy||Hard||Treat Conrad Huey|| Tomasz Bednarek
|Loss||3–5||Jul 2011||Recanati, Italy||Hard||Federico Gaio|| Frederik Nielsen
|Loss||3–6||Oct 2011||Seoul, South Korea||Hard||Divij Sharan|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|Loss||3–7||Jun 2012||Fürth, Germany||Clay||Rameez Junaid|| Arnau Brugués-Davi
|5–7, 7–6(7–4), [9–11]|
|Loss||3–8||Nov 2012||Loughborough, United Kingdom||Hard||Divij Sharan|| James Cerretani
|Win||4–8||Mar 2013||Kyoto, Japan||Carpet||Divij Sharan|| Chris Guccione
|Loss||4–9||Apr 2013||Leon, Mexico||Hard||Divij Sharan|| Chris Guccione
|Loss||4–10||May 2013||Johannesburg, South Africa||Hard||Divij Sharan|| Prakash Amritraj
|Loss||4–11||Jun 2013||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Grass||Divij Sharan|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|7–6(7–5), 6–7(3–7), [8–10]|
|Loss||4–12||Oct 2013||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Hard||Divij Sharan|| Mikhail Elgin
|Win||5–12||Mar 2014||Kyoto, Japan||Carpet||Divij Sharan|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|5–7, 7–6(7–3), [10–4]|
|Loss||5–13||Aug 2014||Aptos, United States||Hard||Sanam Singh|| Ruben Bemelmans
|3–6, 6–4, [9–11]|
|Loss||5–14||Mar 2015||Guangzhou, China||Hard||Fabrice Martin|| Daniel Muñoz de la Nava
|Win||6–14||Aug 2015||Portorož, Slovenia||Hard||Fabrice Martin|| Alexander Bury
|7–6(7–5), 4–6, [18–16]|
|Loss||6–15||Nov 2015||Hua Hin, Thailand||Hard||Andre Begemann|| Lee Hsin-han
|Loss||6–16||Apr 2016||Savannah, United States||Clay||Divij Sharan|| Brian Baker
|7–5, 6–7(4–7), [8–10]|
|Win||7–16||Jun 2016||Manchester, United Kingdom||Grass||Divij Sharan|| Ken Skupski
|6–3, 3–6, [11–9]|
|Win||8–16||Jun 2016||Surbiton, United Kingdom||Grass||Divij Sharan|| Ken Skupski
|Win||9–16||Jul 2016||Segovia, Spain||Hard||Divij Sharan|| Quino Muñoz
|6–3, 4–6, [10–8]|
|Win||10–16||Oct 2016||Pune, India||Hard||Divij Sharan|| Luca Margaroli
|3–6, 6–3, [11–9]|
|Loss||10–17||Nov 2016||Bratislava, Slovakia||Hard||Divij Sharan|| Ken Skupski
|6–4, 3–6, [5–10]|
|Win||11–17||May 2017||Bordeaux, France||Clay||Divij Sharan|| Santiago González
|Win||12–17||Nov 2017||Knoxville, United States||Hard (i)||Leander Paes|| James Cerretani
|Win||13–17||Nov 2017||Champaign, United States||Hard (i)||Leander Paes|| Ruan Roelofse
|6–3, 6–7(5–7), [10–5]|
|Loss||13–18||Mar 2018||Lille, France||Hard||Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan|| Hugo Nys
|6–7(3–7), 6–1, [7–10]|
|Win||14–18||Sep 2018||Istanbul, Turkey||Hard||Rameez Junaid|| Timur Khabibulin
|7–6(7–4), 4–6, [10–7]|
|Win||15–18||Oct 2018||Ismaning, Germany||Carpet||Antonio Šančić|| Rameez Junaid
|5–7, 6–4, [10–5]|
|Loss||15–19||Nov 2018||Bangalore, India||Hard||Antonio Šančić|| Max Purcell
|Win||16–19||Nov 2019||Kobe, Japan||Hard (i)||Ramkumar Ramanathan|| André Göransson
|Win||17–19||Nov 2019||Pune, India||Hard (i)||Ramkumar Ramanathan|| Arjun Kadhe
|Win||18–19||Feb 2020||Bangalore, India||Hard||Ramkumar Ramanathan|| Matthew Ebden
Doubles performance timelineEdit
Updated through the 2019 Australian Open.
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