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Rajeev Ram (/rəˈʒv ˈrɑːm/ rə-ZHEEV RAHM;[1] born March 18, 1984) is an American professional tennis player on the ATP Tour.

Rajeev Ram
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Country (sports) United States
ResidenceCarmel, Indiana, U.S.
Born (1984-03-18) March 18, 1984 (age 35)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro2004
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CollegeIllinois
CoachBryan Smith
Billy Heiser
Prize money$4,752,634
Official websiterajeev-ram.com
Singles
Career record57–93 (38.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 56 (18 April 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2013, 2016)
French Open1R (2010, 2016)
Wimbledon2R (2013)
US Open2R (2013, 2015)
Doubles
Career record270–229 (54.1% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles18
Highest rankingNo. 11 (20 March 2017)
Current rankingNo. 24 (20 May 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2010, 2012, 2016)
French OpenQF (2011, 2019)
WimbledonSF (2016)
US OpenSF (2014)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsF (2016)
Olympic Games2R (2016)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2019)
French OpenSF (2017)
Wimbledon3R (2011)
US OpenF (2016)
Last updated on: 4 June 2019.

Together with the Czech player Barbora Krejčíková Ram is the winner of 2019 Australian Open – Mixed Doubles tournament.[2] He won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Mixed Doubles [3] and reached the final of the US Open Mixed Doubles in the same year. Ram has claimed sixteen ATP doubles titles in his career, with several different partners. He reached as high as world no. 11 in doubles in March 2017 by winning his first Masters 1000 tournament.

Ram has also won two ATP singles titles at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in 2009 and again in 2015. His career-high singles ranking is world no. 56, achieved in April 2016.

PersonalEdit

Ram was born to Raghav and Sushma Ram. His parents hail from Bangalore, India.[4] Table tennis, cricket, and music are some of his interests.

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

In his junior career, Ram won a total of nine national junior titles, including singles and doubles. Amongst his titles were the National Claycourt 14-and-under singles title, the boys' 16-and-under national championship, the 18-and-under Easter Bowl title, Kalamazoo doubles and the Target Cup tournaments. In addition to his nine junior titles, Ram played high school tennis at Carmel High School, earned All-State honors, became the state singles champion, and earned a scholarship in both 1998 and 1999.

Rajeev earned a wild card entry into the Juniors' 2001 US Open. Ram participated in all of the Grand Slam junior tournaments.[5] He was the runner-up in juniors doubles at the 2002 Wimbledon, partnered with Brian Baker.

Ram then delayed enrollment at the University of Illinois until January 2003 so that he could continue to play tennis as an amateur on the pro circuit.[6] During his one semester at Illinois, he won the national doubles title with Brian Wilson and helped the Fighting Illini go undefeated (32–0) and win the 2003 NCAA team championship.[6]

Professional yearsEdit

At the 2005 US Open, he lost in five sets to Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round. At the 2006 US Open, he lost in the second qualifying round to former college teammate Amer Delić. Ram made the 2007 Wimbledon doubles quarterfinals as a qualifier with Harel Levy, before losing to eventual champions Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra. Along the way, Ram and Levy upset the 15th-seeded team of Martín García and Sebastián Prieto. In 2007, he won five doubles Challenger titles partnering Bobby Reynolds, and reached three other finals on his way to a career-high doubles ranking of no. 62.

On July 5, 2008, Ram won the Nielsen USTA Pro Tennis Championship in Winnetka, Illinois for his first career Challenger-level singles title.

He won his first ATP doubles title in Chennai, India 2009 with compatriot Eric Butorac.

On July 10, 2009, Ram accomplished the unusual feat of winning four professional-level tennis matches in one day. At the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Rhode Island, the tournament had been rained out early in the week, pushing back many scheduled matches. On July 10, Ram advanced to the singles semifinals with wins over Samuel Groth and Jesse Levine and then partnered with Jordan Kerr to advance to the doubles semifinals with wins over Arnaud Clément/Olivier Rochus and Nicolas Mahut/Fabrice Santoro. Mahut, Santoro, and Rochus each played three matches that day, though none of them won all their matches. Ram then went on to beat Rochus and world no. 39 Sam Querrey on consecutive days to capture his first ATP title.[7] He also captured the doubles title.

In his return to Newport in July 2010, Ram lost to no. 417-ranked qualifier Raven Klaasen after defeating Iván Navarro in the first round. Having raced to a 5–0 lead in the third set, Ram wasted several match points while serving at 5–1 before eventually losing, 7–5, 1–6, 6–7.

In Atlanta in July 2010, he won his first doubles title with American Scott Lipsky, defeating Rohan Bopanna and Kristof Vliegen for the outdoor hard court Atlanta Tennis Championships.[8][9] In the semifinals, Lipsky and Ram had defeated John Isner and James Blake.[10] In November, they won a tournament in Eckental, Germany.[11]

Ram started 2011 strong, partnering with Lipsky in February to take the indoor hard court San Jose Open (over Christopher Kas from Germany and Alexander Peya from Austria) and the outdoor hard court Delray Beach titles (over Alejandro Falla from Colombia and Xavier Malisse from Belgium).[8][12][13] In March, he and Lipsky won the Challenger of Dallas.[12] In June, he and Lipsky advanced as far as the quarterfinals at the 2011 French Open, before being defeated.[14]

2013Edit

In 2013, he teamed with Rohan Bopanna. In Chennai, they reached the quarterfinals, only to fall to Benoît Paire and Stanislas Wawrinka.

At the Australian Open, they reached the second round, but lost to the Italian team of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.

In Dubai, they reached the semifinals, where they lost to Mahesh Bhupathi and Michaël Llodra.

2015Edit

In 2015 at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships he reached his second career final and won his second career ATP singles title by defeating Ivo Karlovic.

2016Edit

In singles, Ram defeated 11th-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the first round of the 2016 Australian Open before falling to Frenchman Stéphane Robert in a grueling five-set match. At the Delray Beach Open Ram reached his third career final losing to Sam Querrey. At the Olympic Games he won silver with Venus Williams in mixed doubles following a loss to compatriots Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.[15] Less than a month later, Ram and CoCo Vandeweghe advanced to the mixed doubles final at the US Open, where they were defeated in straight sets by Mate Pavić and Laura Siegemund. In men's doubles, Ram and partner Raven Klaasen qualified for the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals. The duo made it out of group play, eventually reaching the finals, where they fell to Henri Kontinen and John Peers in a third-set tiebreak.

2019Edit

Ram, with his partner Barbora Krejčíková won Australian Open – Mixed Doubles tournament in January.[16]

Significant finalsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Mixed Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2016 US Open Hard   Coco Vandeweghe   Laura Siegemund
  Mate Pavić
4–6, 4–6
Win 2019 Australian Open Hard   Barbora Krejčíková   Astra Sharma
  John-Patrick Smith
7–6(7–3), 6–1

Year-End ChampionshipsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2016 ATP World Tour Finals, London Hard (i)   Raven Klaasen   Henri Kontinen
  John Peers
6–2, 1–6, [8–10]

Masters 1000 finalsEdit

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2016 Miami Open Hard   Raven Klaasen   Pierre-Hugues Herbert
  Nicolas Mahut
7–5, 1–6, [7–10]
Win 2017 Indian Wells Masters Hard   Raven Klaasen   Łukasz Kubot
  Marcelo Melo
6–7(1–7), 6–4, [10–8]
Win 2018 Paris Masters Hard (i)   Marcel Granollers   Jean-Julien Rojer
  Horia Tecău
6–4, 6–4

Olympic medal matchesEdit

Mixed Doubles: 1 (1 silver medal)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro Hard   Venus Williams   Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  Jack Sock
7–6(7–3), 1–6, [7–10]

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)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 (2–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (2–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (2–1)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2009 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, United States 250 Series Grass   Sam Querrey 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 6–3
Win 2–0 Jul 2015 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, United States (2) 250 Series Grass   Ivo Karlović 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 7–6(7–2)
Loss 2–1 Feb 2016 Delray Beach Open, United States 250 Series Hard   Sam Querrey 4–6, 6–7(6–8)

Doubles: 32 (18 titles, 14 runners-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–1)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (2–1)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (3–2)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (13–10)
Titles by surface
Hard (13–9)
Clay (1–2)
Grass (4–3)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (13–12)
Indoor (5–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2005 New Haven Open, United States Intl Series Hard   Bobby Reynolds   Gastón Etlis
  Martín Rodríguez
4–6, 3–6
Win 1–1 Jan 2009 Chennai Open, India 250 Series Hard   Eric Butorac   Jean-Claude Scherrer
  Stan Wawrinka
6–3, 6–4
Win 2–1 Jul 2009 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, United States 250 Series Grass   Jordan Kerr   Michael Kohlmann
  Rogier Wassen
6–7(6–8), 7–6(9–7), [10–6]
Win 3–1 Oct 2009 Thailand Open, Thailand 250 Series Hard (i)   Eric Butorac   Guillermo García López
  Mischa Zverev
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Win 4–1 Jul 2010 Atlanta Open, United States 250 Series Hard   Scott Lipsky   Rohan Bopanna
  Kristof Vliegen
6–3, 6–7(4–7), [12–10]
Loss 4–2 Feb 2011 SA Tennis Open, South Africa 250 Series Hard   Scott Lipsky   James Cerretani
  Adil Shamasdin
3–6, 6–3, [7–10]
Win 5–2 Feb 2011 Pacific Coast Championships, United States 250 Series Hard (i)   Scott Lipsky   Alejandro Falla
  Xavier Malisse
6–4, 4–6, [10–8]
Win 6–2 Feb 2011 Delray Beach Open, United States 250 Series Hard   Scott Lipsky   Christopher Kas
  Alexander Peya
4–6, 6–4, [10–3]
Win 7–2 Sep 2012 St. Petersburg Open, Russia 250 Series Hard (i)   Nenad Zimonjić   Lukáš Lacko
  Igor Zelenay
6–2, 4–6, [10–6]
Loss 7–3 Jul 2014 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, United States 250 Series Grass   Jonathan Erlich   Chris Guccione
  Lleyton Hewitt
5–7, 4–6
Win 8–3 Jun 2015 Halle Open, Germany 500 Series Grass   Raven Klaasen   Rohan Bopanna
  Florin Mergea
7–6(7–5), 6–2
Loss 8–4 Oct 2015 Malaysian Open, Malaysia 250 Series Hard (i)   Raven Klaasen   Treat Huey
  Henri Kontinen
6–7(4–7), 2–6
Loss 8–5 Apr 2016 Miami Open, United States Masters 1000 Hard   Raven Klaasen   Pierre-Hugues Herbert
  Nicolas Mahut
7–5, 1–6, [7–10]
Loss 8–6 May 2016 Geneva Open, Switzerland 250 Series Clay   Raven Klaasen   Steve Johnson
  Sam Querrey
4–6, 1–6
Win 9–6 Jun 2016 Halle Open, Germany (2) 500 Series Grass   Raven Klaasen   Łukasz Kubot
  Alexander Peya
7–6(7–5), 6–2
Win 10–6 Oct 2016 Chengdu Open, China 250 Series Hard   Raven Klaasen   Pablo Carreño Busta
  Mariusz Fyrstenberg
7−6(7–2), 7−5
Loss 10–7 Oct 2016 Japan Open, Japan 500 Series Hard   Raven Klaasen   Marcel Granollers
  Marcin Matkowski
2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 10–8 Nov 2016 ATP World Tour Finals, United Kingdom Tour Finals Hard (i)   Raven Klaasen   Henri Kontinen
  John Peers
6–2, 1–6, [8–10]
Win 11–8 Feb 2017 Delray Beach Open, United States (2) 250 Series Hard   Raven Klaasen   Treat Huey
  Max Mirnyi
7–5, 7–5
Win 12–8 Mar 2017 Indian Wells Masters, United States Masters 1000 Hard   Raven Klaasen   Łukasz Kubot
  Marcelo Melo
6–7(1–7), 6–4, [10–8]
Loss 12–9 Jun 2017 Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, Netherlands 250 Series Grass   Raven Klaasen   Łukasz Kubot
  Marcelo Melo
3–6, 4–6
Win 13–9 Jul 2017 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, United States 250 Series Grass   Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi   Matt Reid
  John-Patrick Smith
6–4, 4–6, [10–7]
Win 14–9 Sep 2017 Shenzhen Open, China 250 Series Hard   Alexander Peya   Nikola Mektić
  Nicholas Monroe
6–3, 6–2
Win 15–9 May 2018 Bavarian Championships, Germany 250 Series Clay   Ivan Dodig   Nikola Mektić
  Alexander Peya
6–3, 7–5
Loss 15–10 May 2018 Geneva Open, Switzerland 250 Series Clay   Ivan Dodig   Oliver Marach
  Mate Pavić
6–3, 6–7(3–7), [9–11]
Loss 15–11 Jul 2018 Atlanta Open, United States 250 Series Hard   Ryan Harrison   Nicholas Monroe
  John-Patrick Smith
6–3, 6–7(5–7), [8–10]
Loss 15–12 Sep 2018 Shenzhen Open, China 250 Series Hard   Robert Lindstedt   Ben McLachlan
  Joe Salisbury
6–7(5–7), 6–7(4–7)
Win 16–12 Oct 2018 Kremlin Cup, Russia 250 Series Hard (i)   Austin Krajicek   Max Mirnyi
  Philipp Oswald
7–6(7–4), 6–4
Win 17–12 Nov 2018 Paris Masters, France Masters 1000 Hard (i)   Marcel Granollers   Jean-Julien Rojer
  Horia Tecău
6–4, 6–4
Loss 17–13 Jan 2019 Brisbane International, Australia 250 Series Hard   Joe Salisbury   Marcus Daniell
  Wesley Koolhof
4–6, 6–7(6–8)
Win 18–13 Mar 2019 Dubai Tennis Championships, United Arab Emirates 500 Series Hard   Joe Salisbury   Ben McLachlan
  Jan-Lennard Struff
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Loss 18–14 Jun 2019 Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom 500 Series Grass   Joe Salisbury   Feliciano López
  Andy Murray
6–7(6–8), 7–5, [5–10]

Performance timelinesEdit

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.

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A Q1 1R Q1 1R Q1 Q1 2R Q2 Q1 2R Q3 A A 0 / 4 2–4
French Open A A A Q2 A Q2 1R A A A A A 1R Q1 A A 0 / 2 0–2
Wimbledon A A A Q1 Q1 1R 1R Q1 Q3 2R Q3 A 1R Q2 A 0 / 4 1–4
US Open 1R 1R A Q1 Q1 1R Q1 Q3 1R 2R Q3 2R 1R A A 0 / 7 2–7
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–3 0–0 0–1 3–3 0–0 1–1 1–4 2–2 0–0 0–0 0 / 17 5–17
Career statistics
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 2 / 3
Year-End Ranking 297 195 197 253 190 79 184 149 132 127 139 89 129 353 n/a

DoublesEdit

Current through the 2019 French Open.

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A A 1R A 3R 3R QF 1R QF 2R 2R 1R QF 2R 3R 3R 0 / 13 20–13
French Open A A A A A A A 3R 1R 1R QF 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R QF 0 / 12 13–12
Wimbledon A A A A A A QF 2R 1R 1R 2R QF 1R 1R 2R SF 3R 1R 0 / 12 15–12
US Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 3R SF 3R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 18 14–18
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 3–2 6–4 3–4 4–4 4–4 9–4 3–4 5–4 3–4 9–4 4–4 3–4 5–2 0 / 55 62–55
Olympic Games Not Held A Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 2R Not Held 0 / 1 1–1
Career statistics
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–3 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–6 3–4 3–6 1–2 18 / 31
Year-End Ranking 1099 541 448 133 113 122 65 68 39 67 45 44 78 53 36 14 22 21

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Olympic medal winner says religion taught him control on the court". Washington Post.
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  14. ^ "2011 French Open: Scott Lipsky, Casey Dellacqua win mixed doubles; Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan lose in doubles semifinals". ESPN. June 2, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
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  16. ^ Press, The Associated (January 26, 2019). "Ram-Krejcikova Combine to Win Australian Open Mixed Doubles". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 2, 2019.

1. http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Rajeev-Ram.aspx?t=pa

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