While cricket might be the most played sports in India, tennis and football are also gaining immense popularity. In fact, tennis in India has an evident history and has produced some of the most respected players in the world. From Leander Paes to Sania Mirza, there have been numerous Indian tennis players who have made headlines in the past. Let’s get to know more about these famous tennis players in India.
Part 1. The Best Indian Tennis Stars
While there have been numerous tennis players in India, we have come up with a handpicked list of Indian tennis players who are considered nothing less than legends.
1. Vijay Amritraj
Vijay Amritraj has to be one of the most notable Indian tennis players of 1970s. Based out of Chennai, he got into the spotlight by 1974. He even took India to the finals of Davis Cup twice and played against legends like Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, and Ivan Lendl. By 1980, he reached at the peak of his career by gaining the rank of #16 worldwide. He even entered the quarter-finals of Wimbledon twice.
2. Ramanathan Krishnan
Ramanathan has to be the first tennis player who placed Indian on the global map. He even reached to the semi-finals of Wimbledon twice in his career. The peak of his career was in 1961, when he defeated the tennis royalty, Roy Emerson. The player is also responsible for making tennis in India popular at that time. He even took India to the finals of Davis Cup for the first time.
3. Leander Paes
Leander Paes is one of the most respected Indian tennis players of all time. Originally from Chennai, he started playing tennis at the age of 5. Though, it is only by 1996 when he turned pro. Till date, Leander Paes has won 6 Grand Slam mixed doubles and 8 Grand Slam doubles titles. He is mostly known to team up with Mahesh Bhupathi. Together, the duo was known as the “Indian Express” and even won tournaments like Wimbledon and French Open. He has even won an Olympic medal as well.
4. Mahesh Bhupathi
We can’t complete our list of Indian tennis players without including Mahesh Bhupathi. He has won a staggering 52 titles in doubles. He is mostly known for playing with Leander Paes as the duo went on to become #1 doubles team worldwide. After retiring, he founded the famous Indian Premium Tennis League to encourage budding talent in the country.
5. Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza is one of the most famous tennis players in India so far. She came into the limelight when she was 16 and won the girls’ junior doubles Wimbledon championship. Her career best ranking includes 18 in doubles and 27 in singles. Till date, Sania has won 21 ITF (International Tennis Federation) championships. With numerous titles, Mirza has to be the most known female Indian tennis players of all time. She was also appointed the UN Goodwill Ambassador for her humanitarian work as well.
6. Rohan Bopanna
Originally from Coorg, Rohan is one of the most famous tennis players in India of the present time. While he missed the 2016 Olympic medal, he is targeting the 2020 games as of now. He reached his career best ranking of #3 in doubles. He is mostly known for playing in mixed doubles with Sania Mirza and doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi. Rohan had also won a French Open doubles title as well.
7. Somdev Devvarman
Somdev Devvarman has to be one of the most famous tennis players from Tripura, India. He reached his career best in 2010 when he won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. Later, he won a gold medal in both men’s singles and doubles in Asian Games as well. Though, it was in 2017 when Somdev officially announced his retirement from the game.
Besides these legendary Indian tennis players, there are also some rising stars that are sure to make India proud in the coming years. Saketh Mayeni, Yuki Bhambri, and Ramkumar Ramanathan are some other Indian tennis players that are worth mentioning as well.
Part 2. Watch Tennis Highlights and News on Snaptube
If you are a tennis enthusiast, then you should certainly download Snaptube on your Android phone. A freely available app, it has integrated numerous video hosting and sharing platforms together. You can look for a tennis game highlight or know more about your favorite player without much trouble. The app has a fast-loading video player and a sleek interface. Besides tennis, you can know more about other sports as well or watch videos of different kinds. Download the app right away and never run out of interesting content on your Android smartphone.
updated by Editor on Mar 11, 2020