From Dhyan Chand to MAK Patuadi: A look at the Top 10 Indian Sporting families
#8 Ramanathan and Ramesh Krishnan (Tennis)
Ramanathan Krishnan was India’s first professional tennis player. He won the Wimbledon Juniors Title in 1954 and reached the Wimbledon semi-finals on two occasions, losing to the eventual champions on both occasions. He was trained by his father TK. Ramanathan who was an amateur player in Nagercoil, their hometown.He believed in discipline and would train his ward rigorously berating him at times to push him as much as possible.
Ramanathan Krishnan beat Rod Laver of Australia which can be considered one of his best matches. He also reached his career best ranking in 1961 of No. 6. Taking forward the family name his son, Ramesh emulated his performance at the Wimbledon, clinching the juniors title and also won the Juniors French open title the same year. Ramesh reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon once and the US Open twice but never lifted the trophy. He was admired for his anticipation and touch, but the lack of a killer finish and a strong serve prevented him for reaching greater heights.
His greatest victory came against the then World No. 1 Mats Wilander during the 1989 Australian Open. He represented India in the Davis Cup from 1977 to 1993 and became the Davis Cup captain in 2007. Ramesh retired in 1993 and was India’s Davis Cup captain in 2007.