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Ramesh Krishnan (born 5 June 1961) is a tennis coach and former professional tennis player from India. As a junior player in the late 1970s, he won the boys' singles titles at both Wimbledon and the French Open. He went on to reach three Grand Slam quarter-finals in the 1980s and was a part of the Indian team which reached the final of the Davis Cup in 1987. Krishnan also beat then World No. 1, Mats Wilander, at the 1989 Australian Open. He became India's Davis Cup captain in 2007.

Ramesh Krishnan
Country (sports) India
Born (1961-06-05) 5 June 1961 (age 58)
Chennai, India
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1978
Retired1993
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,263,130
Singles
Career record320–288
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 23 (28 January 1985)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989)
French Open3R (1982)
WimbledonQF (1986)
US OpenQF (1981, 1987)
Doubles
Career record37–70
Career titles1
Team competitions
Davis CupF (1987)
Last updated on: 13 June 2012.

Early lifeEdit

Ramesh was born in Madras,[1] India, and is the son of Ramanathan Krishnan, who was one of the world's leading tennis players in the 1960s. Ramesh emulated an achievement of his father's by winning the Wimbledon junior title in 1979. He also won the French Open junior title that year, and was ranked the No. 1 junior player in the world.

CareerEdit

At the senior level, Ramesh reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon once (1986) and the US Open twice (1981 and 1987). He was admired for his touch, anticipation and all-round game, but his lack of a killer stroke or a strong service kept him from reaching the very top of the men's game.

Ramesh was a key member of the Indian team which reached the Davis Cup final in 1987. In the semi-finals against Australia, he beat John Fitzgerald in four sets the opening singles match, and then defeated Wally Masur in straight sets the decisive fifth rubber to give India a 3–2 victory. However, in the final against Sweden, India was defeated 5–0 with Krishnan losing two singles matches to Mats Wilander and Anders Järryd and with the Indian team managing to win only one set in the entire tournament. Ramesh was a stalwart on India's Davis Cup team from 1977 to 1993, compiling a 29–21 winning record (23–19 in singles and 6–2 in doubles).

At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Ramesh reached the men's doubles quarter-finals partnering Leander Paes.

Ramesh retired from the professional tour in 1993. Over the course of his career, he won eight top-level singles titles and one doubles title; he also won four challenger singles titles (defeating the young Andre Agassi in the Schenectady final in 1986). His career-high singles ranking was World No. 23, in January 1985. His career prize-money totalled US$1,263,130.

In 1998, Ramesh was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in recognition of his achievements and contributions to Indian tennis.[2]

Ramesh runs a tennis academy in Chennai, set up along the lines of similar institutions in the United States. He became India's Davis Cup captain in January 2007.[3]

ATP Tour career finalsEdit

Singles: 12 (8 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1981 Manila, Philippines Carpet (i)   Ivan Dupasquier 6–4, 6–4
Winner 2. 1982 Stuttgart, West Germany Clay   Sandy Mayer 5–7, 6–3, 6–3, 7–6
Winner 3. 1984 Metz, France Carpet (i)   Jan Gunnarsson 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 1985 Cologne, West Germany Hard (i)   Peter Lundgren 3–6, 2–6
Winner 4. 1986 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard   Johan Carlsson 6–3, 6–1
Winner 5. 1986 Hong Kong Hard   Andres Gomez 7–6, 6–0, 7–5
Winner 6. 1988 Wellington, New Zealand Hard   Andrei Chesnokov 6–7, 6–0, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 1988 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Amos Mansdorf 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1988 Bristol, UK Grass   Christian Saceanu 4–6, 6–2, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 1988 Rye Brook, US Hard   Milan Srejber 2–6, 6–7
Winner 7. 1989 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Amos Mansdorf 6–4, 6–0
Winner 8. 1990 Schenectady, US Hard   Kelly Evernden 6–1, 6–1

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1987 Nancy, France Carpet (i)   Claudio Mezzadri   Grant Connell
  Larry Scott
6–4, 6–4

ATP Challenger career finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (4 titles)Edit

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1986 Schenectady, US Hard   Andre Agassi 6–2, 6–3
Winner 2. 1987 Nagoya, Japan Hard   Jay Lapidus 6–3, 6–0
Winner 3. 1989 Nagoya, Japan (2) Hard   Jonathan Canter 6–1, 6–3
Winner 4. 1990 Nagoya, Japan (3) Hard   Brian Garrow 6–2, 6–4

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1989 Nagoya, Japan Hard   Jonathan Canter   John Letts
  Bruce Man-Son-Hing
5–7, 6–4, 0–6

Career highlightsEdit

  • Won eight top-level professional singles titles and one doubles title.
  • Reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 23.
  • 1979 – Wimbledon and French Open junior singles champion.
  • 1981 – Reached the quarter-finals of the US Open.
  • 1981 – Won his first ATP singles title in Manila.
  • 1986 – Reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.
  • 1986 – Won the Japan Open.
  • 1987 – Reached the quarter-finals of 1987 South Australian Open and 1987 Heineken Open in back to back weeks in January.
  • 1987 – Reached the quarter-finals of the US Open.
  • 1987 – Member of the Indian team which reached the final of the Davis Cup. (Krishnan won the decisive singles rubber against Australia in the semi-finals. India went on to lose to Sweden in the final.)
  • 1988 – Won the Wellington Open; runner-up in the ATP Auckland Open, Bristol Open and Rye Brook, New York Open.
  • 1989 – Defeated the then World No. 1 Mats Wilander in the second round of the Australian Open.
  • 1989 – Won the ATP Auckland Open, reached the quarter-finals of the Schenectady (New York) Open and Washington, D.C. Open in back to back weeks in July. He reached the quarter-finals of the 1989 Livingston Open.
  • 1990 – Won the Schenectady Open and reached the semi-finals of the 1990 Heineken Open.
  • 1991 – Reached the quarter-finals of the Wellington Open.
  • 1992 – Reached the semi-finals of the Singapore Open.
  • 1992 – Reached the quarter-finals of the Men's Doubles Competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain with Leander Paes.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pride of Chennai - A list of people that make Chennai proud". Itz Chennai. January 2012.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Krishnan Tennis Centre". Retrieved 23 June 2016.

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