Top 10 Indian Tennis Players Male
Introduction: About The Game “Tennis”
Tennis is a Racquet game, which can be played in more than the form in Singles, where you are going to have only one opponent in front of you or Double, where you play in teams against two players in the team against you on the opponent side.
The major equipment used for playing this game is a Tennis racquet that is strung with a cord, a ball, and a net to separate the opponents and limit and give boundary to their territory. The only motive of you or your opponent in the game will be to throw the ball in a certain way that the player on the opposite side finds it difficult and fails to give a valid return or even hit it.
The point for the turn will be awarded to the player whose opponent fails to return or hit the ball. Tennis is a civil sport and is popular among the people of the world because it is also a fascinating Olympic sport played by people belonging to all stages of society or age.
The modern form of the game was inspired and developed in England and was also described as Lawn Tennis. The name was so given considering the similarities of the game with other two sports of similar nature: Croquet and Balls and the real tennis which used to happen before the 19th century.
Tennis is a game which is liked and played by many recreational players across the world. Not so many changes have been introduced in the rules for modern tennis, but only from 1908 to 1961. It comes with added a rule of keeping one foot at the ground all the time while the game is on. The other is the adoption of the Tiebreak.
Also, recently the rules added the technology of Hawkeye to review the game electronically.
The four significant tournaments arranged for the sport are U.S. Open, Australia Open, Wimbledon Open, and French Open, played on Hard courts, Hard courts, grass courts, and red clay courts.
The history of the game is associated with France and is believed to be originated there only in the 12th Century. Still, it was only till the 16th century that the world started using racquets for gameplay. Even the name tennis has come from Tenez, which is a French term and means to hold.
Equipment Associated With The Sports
The sport has 3 types of equipment essential to play, Racquet, Ball, and net. But there are specific guidelines which has to be followed while choosing the appropriate one to play-
The racquet for the sport is advised to have a flat hitting area composed of strings and should thus be uniform. The frame of the hitting area should be less than 12.5 inches in width, and 29 inches in length, with the entire structure, be in shape, size, and uniform distribution of weight.
The racquet should not be used as a medium for communication, advice, and instruction during the ongoing match to the player.
International Tennis Federation is the highest rank body that governs the tournaments related to the sport.
After acquiring basic knowledge about the game, equipment used in it, famous tournaments, let us directly step into the following and most crucial subheading of the article, which consists of the list of the top ten best male tennis players from India.
Top 10 Indian Tennis Players Male
Although there is an extensive list of India’sIndia’s presence in any sport at the International Level, we have a record of brilliance and expertise in each field. Therefore here we list out a few names about whom we will know better, about themselves, their career in tennis, and how far they have come since they’ve started their journey.
The ten names, according to us, must be these –
- Leander Adrian Paes
- Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi
- Rohan Bopanna
- Ramkumar Ramanathan
- Somdev Kishore Devvarman
- Vijay Amritraj
- Yuki Bhambri
- Saketh Myneni
- Purav Raja
- Sumit Nagal
Let us look closely at each of them and know as much as we can about their lives and the struggles they had to go through to achieve the position they have desired for.
1. Leander Adrian Paes
Leander Adrian Paes is one of the greatest names one would ever hear of someone belonging to this sport. His spectacular career in the U.S. Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon, and French Open grand slam tournaments will amaze you. He is one of the best tennis players in mixed doubles and doubles and was born in Calcutta, now Kolkata, and is 48. He was born to a Goan father and Christian mother from Calcutta. In the earlier stages of his career, Leander bragged the title for Junior US open and Junior Wimbledon from 1991 to 1997 and eventually reached no. 1 rank among the world junior rankings. He also holds a record of most wins at Mixed doubles in the Davis cup. He is also awarded the Major Dhyan Chand Khel award for 1996-97 for his spectacular performances in tennis at the International level.
He was also awarded the best of the civilian awards like the Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, and Padma Bhushan in 2014. He rose to success from the year 1991 and finally retired in the year 2021 only.
2. Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi
Mahesh Bhupathi is the first Indian tennis player to have won a grand slam title which accounts for his unique contribution to the country’s tennis sports representation at the global level. The win was achieved in 1997 when he was against Japan’s Rika Hiraki in a tournament of open mixed doubles.
He also won the title for 2002 U.S. doubles and Max Mirnyi and is holding on to eight mixed doubles grand slam victories. One unique thing here is that he won each of the tournaments of the grand slam twice, which in total accounts for the altogether eight victories.
3. Rohan Bopanna
Rohan Bopanna is an Indian Professional tennis player and is the only Indian following Leander Paes and Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi to have won the grand slam title in 2017 in a French open tournament of Mixed doubles. He hails from Goa, India, and is currently 41 in age.
4. Ramkumar Ramanathan
Ramkumar Ramanathan is an Indian Professional tennis player hailing from Chennai, India, and has achieved his highest yet ranking for singles of 111 in 2018. He also represents India for the Davis cup.
His ranking for doubles is currently at no. 122.
5. Somdev Kishore
Somdev Kishore Devvarman is one of India’s most successful tennis players, who created headlines when he became the only collegiate tennis player to achieve three successive finals at the NCAA.
6. Vijay Amritraj
Vijay Amritraj is a former and retired Indian Tennis player who is an Indian Sports commentator and has been awarded the 4th highest civilian award of Padma Shri in 1983. He hails from Madras, now Chennai, India.
7. Yuki Bhambri
Yuki hails from New Delhi, the capital of India. She is an Indian Tennis player who won the 2009 Australian Open Junior Championship and is the fourth tennis player to have won the Junior title for singles at the grand slam championship.
8. Saketh Mynani
Saketh hails from Vuyyuru, India, and is representing Indian in the Davis cup; also, he has been awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award recently in the year 2017. He was born on 19th October 1987 and is currently 34 in age.
9. Purav Raja
Purav Raja is an Indian tennis player hailing from Mumbai, Maharashtra, and representing India in the Davis Cup. He is excellent in doubles and has competed for India on the ATP world tour. He has bagged himself with two ATP world tour titles in men doubles and is 35 in age.
Purav was born and bought up in Mumbai only, where he started playing tennis at a minimum age of 7 years.
He believes that Steven Gerrard and Stefan Edberg are the two idols who motivated him throughout his journey and considered Wimbledon as his favorite tournament.
10. Sumit Nagal
Sumit Nagpal is an Indian tennis player hailing from New Delhi, Indian, who since 2018 has become a permanent or regular membership of India’s David cup squad. He is the 6th Indian to have won the junior grand slam tournament title as he won the 2015 Wimbledon boy’s doubles.
Sumit was born in Haryana on 16th August 1997 and played tennis at a local sports club from the early age of 9 years only. Because of his performance and brilliance at the sport, he was selected to be trained at Mahesh Bhupathi’s Tennis academy form, where his journey towards excellence in tennis starts from the age of 10.
However, these names strike us at first. Still, several other players continuously make India proud with their mind-blowing performance at national and international levels.
Moreover, there are many other prominent tennis players other than the top 10, as mentioned above. They all had made a fantastic contribution to tennis sports and added more to the nation’s pride and glory.