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Ramkumar Ramanathan (born 8 November 1994) is a professional Indian tennis player.[1] He is the first Indian player to reach an ATP world tour singles final since Somdev Devvarman. He achieved his highest singles ranking of 111 on 30 July 2018, and represents India in the Davis Cup.

Ramkumar Ramanathan
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Country (sports) India
ResidenceBarcelona, Spain &
Chennai, India
Born (1994-11-08) 8 November 1994 (age 24)
Chennai, India
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJuan Balcells &
Sergio Casal
Prize money$668,623
Career record21–25 (45.7% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
0 Challenger, 16 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 111 (30 July 2018)
Current rankingNo. 182 (7 October 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ3 (2018)
French OpenQ2 (2015)
WimbledonQ2 (2016, 2019)
US OpenQ2 (2015, 2017)
Career record2–6 (25.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
2 Challenger, 15 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 135 (7 October 2019)
Current rankingNo. 135 (7 October 2019)
Team competitions
Davis Cup7–7 (Singles 7–7, Doubles 0–0)
Last updated on: 7 October 2019.

Personal and early lifeEdit

Ramanathan started playing tennis at the age of five. He was introduced to the sport by his father Ramanathan. His mother's name is Alagammai and sister's name is Uma. Both his parents are into the textile business. He speaks English, Spanish and Tamil. He trains at Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, Spain.[2] He is currently pursuing B.A. in Economics at Loyola College.[3]


2014-2016: Early careerEdit

In 2014, Ramanathan hit the headlines when he qualified for the main draw of the Chennai Open and beat then Indian No.1 Somdev Devvarman in the first round.[4][5][6] He eventually lost to Marcel Granollers in second round.

In 2015, Ramanathan played mostly on Futures and Challenger level. He entered Chennai Open where he lost in first round to Tatsuma Ito in straight sets.[2] In April, he reached his first doubles final at a challenger event at Mersin Cup in Turkey. Partnering with Riccardo Ghedin, the pair lost final to Mate Pavić and Michael Venus.[7] He entered his second ATP world tour event of the year at Malaysian Open where he lost in first round to Mikhail Kukushkin.[2]

In the 2016 season Ramanathan entered Chennai Open and reached the quarterfinals. This was the first time he reached to quarterfinals at an ATP World Tour event. He defeated Daniel Gimeno Traver and Alexander Kudryavtsev in first and second rounds respectively. He eventually lost to Aljaž Bedene in quarterfinals.[8] In October, Ramanathan partnered with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. The pair reached the final at Vietnam Open Challenger where they lost to Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana from Thailand to finish as runners-up.[9]

2017: Challenger breakthrough and first top-10 winEdit

In April, Ramanathan reached his first singles challenger final at Tallahassee challenger. He lost the final to Blaž Rola from Slovenia to finish as runner-up.[10]

Ramanathan entered 2017 Antalya Open where he produced a big upset by defeating world No. 8 and top seed Dominic Thiem in the second round. This was his first match against a top-10 player. Ranked world No. 222, Ramanathan defeated Thiem in straight sets 6–3, 6–2.[11] He progressed till the quarterfinals where he lost to Marcos Baghdatis in a third set tie break.

In July, he reached his second singles challenger final at Nielsen Pro Tennis Championships. But here too he had to be content as runner-up. He lost the final in straight sets to Akira Santillan from Japan.[12][13]

In August, Ramanathan qualified for the first time in main draw of a Masters 1000 tournament at Cincinnati Masters. He defeated Christopher Eubanks in first round but lost to Jared Donaldson in second round.[14] This result moved him to career high ranking of 156.

Ramanathan entered qualifying draw of US Open. He defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu in first round but lost to Nicolas Mahut in second round.[15]

2018: First ATP world tour finalEdit

Ramanathan opened his new season by entering Maharashtra Open as a wild card. He lost in round 2 to top seed Marin Cilic in straight sets.[16] He then entered qualifying draw of Australian Open where he lost in final qualifying round to Vasek Pospisil.[17]

In April, Ramanathan reached his first challenger singles final of the season at Taipei Challenger. He was defeated in the finals by compatriot Yuki Bhambri.[18]

In July, Ramanathan reached his first ATP world tour final at Newport. He lost in the final to Steve Johnson from USA. He became first Indian player to reach an ATP world tour singles final since Somdev Devvarman who had reached the final at Johannesburg in 2011.[19]

In November, he won his first doubles ATP Challenger title at Pune Challenger. He paired with compatriot Vijay Sundar Prashanth and defeated team of Hsieh Cheng-peng and Yang Tsung-hua from Taipei in the final.[20] He finished the year with singles ranking of 133.

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

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 (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (1–0)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2018 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, United States 250 Series Grass   Steve Johnson 5–7, 6–3, 2–6

ATP Challenger Tour finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (0–4)Edit

ATP Challenger Tour (0–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2017 Tallahassee, United States Clay   Blaž Rola 2–6, 7–6(8–6), 5–7
Loss 0–2 Jul 2017 Winnetka, Illinois, United States Hard   Akira Santillan 6–7(1–7), 2–6
Loss 0–3 Nov 2017 Pune, India Hard   Yuki Bhambri 6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 0–4 Apr 2018 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (i)   Yuki Bhambri 3–6, 4–6

Doubles: 7 (2 titles, 5 runners-up)Edit

Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP Tour 500 series (0–0)
ATP Tour 250 series (0–0)
ATP Challenger Tour (2–5)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2015 Mersin, Turkey Challenger Clay   Riccardo Ghedin   Mate Pavić
  Michael Venus
7–5, 3–6, [4–10]
Loss 0–2 Oct 2016 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Challenger Hard   Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan   Sanchai Ratiwatana
  Sonchat Ratiwatana
5–7, 4–6
Loss 0–3 Nov 2018 Bratislava, Slovakia Challenger Hard (i)   Andrei Vasilevski   Denys Molchanov
  Igor Zelenay
2–6, 6–3, [9–11]
Win 1–3 Nov 2018 Pune, India Challenger Hard   Vijay Sundar Prashanth   Hsieh Cheng-peng
  Yang Tsung-hua
7–6(7–3), 6–7(5–7), [10–7]
Loss 1–4 Jun 2019 Surbiton, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Kwon Soon-woo   Marcel Granollers
  Ben McLachlan
6–4, 3–6, [2–10]
Win 2–4 July 2019 Recanati, Italy Challenger Hard   Goncalo Oliveira   Andrea Vavassori
  David Vega Hernandez
6–2, 6–4
Loss 2–5 Sep 2019 Barcelona, Spain Challenger Clay   Sergio Martos Gornés   Simone Bolelli
  David Vega Hernández
4–6, 5–7

Singles performance timelineEdit

(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 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q1 Q1 A Q3 Q2 0/0 0–0
French Open A Q2 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 0/0 0–0
Wimbledon A A Q2 A Q1 Q2 0/0 0–0
US Open A Q2 Q1 Q2 A Q1 0/0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0/0 0–0
National representation
Davis Cup A A PO Z1 PO 0/3 7–6 54%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–3 5–1 1–2 0–0 0/3 7–6 54%
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/1
Overall Win–Loss 1–1 0–2 3–5 8–5 7–7 2–5 21–25 46%
Year-end ranking 241 248 227 148 133 $668,623

Wins over top-10 playersEdit

Season 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 1 0 0 1
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score RR Rank
1.   Dominic Thiem 8 Antalya, Turkey Grass 2nd round 6–3, 6–2 221


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