Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tennis players who brought India glory

LEANDER PAESForties definitely look like early teens for this tennis ace, who did an encore this year by bagging the US Open Mixed Doubles Championship by teaming up with another tennis legend, Martina Hingis. While Paes' winning trajectory unravels the many aces up his sleeve, the player's never-say-never attitude has won him a constant fan following through all age groups.

The legendary Ramanathan Krishnan is one whose on-court exploits and fine craft of the game set the pace for others to follow. The Indian legend, whose remarkable career speaks volumes about his genius, is known for his contribution to the sport starting from the moment when Krishnan beat Rod Laver in the Davis Cup face off in 1959.

By winning the US Open Doubles Finals with Martina Hingis, India's tennis diva Saina Mirza did an encore. While Sania, along with Hingis clinched this year's Wimbledon with élan, what made the tennis zealots take notice was the relentless pursuit of her goals and how she managed to stay in the spotlight at the international arena.

The indelible impressions that Mahesh Bhupathi has left to be emulated by the juniors are undeniable. It was his triumphant doubles and mixed doubles winning glory that made the tennis fraternity take notice of his acumen on court. Not to mention the number of championship titles Bhupathi has to his credit till date.

His on-court endeavours wrote a number of chapters of Indian tennis that one can't just miss. A tennis aficionado's delight, Amritraj's flamboyant presence on the tennis court and his accomplishments while playing against legends like Jimmy Connors and Björn Borg have always inspired many young guns in India to wield the racket.

While the Amritraj brothers of Vijay and Anand became household names in India, Anand's tennis exploits certainly left some remarkable milestones. A successful tennis career that includes his talked about clashes with legends like John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, et al, the legend was ranked top 5 in world doubles for 10 years.

Reaching the quarter-finals of 1981 and 1987 US Open are some of the well-known achievements of Ramesh Krishnan, who is considered one of the anchors of Indian tennis today . The junior Wimbledon champion of 1979 is known for garnering as many as eight singles titles spanning a long career. He reached a career ranking of 23 in singles.

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