Somdev Devvarman - the rising star of Indian Tennis!
Somdev Devvarman, the new poster boy of Indian tennis has been scaling new heights on a regular scale. His recent feat, of being one of the top 100 players in the circuit speaks very highly of him. He is currently ranked 96 in the ATP circuit. It’s after a long time that we have witnessed an Indian player ranked below 100. The last men’s player to achieve this landmark was Leander Paes.
Somdev Burman, born in Guwahati came into limelight during his college days in the University of Virginia in USA. He received applauds from all and sundry which gave him further encouragement to make it as one of the best singles player India has produced. He is young and has lot to prove in the international level. But whatever has been seen of this player on the courts is simply amazing to the passionate Indian fans who have been long crying for a good player in the international circuit.
His first major success came in front of the packed Tennis stadium at Chennai where he defeated Carlos Moya and Iva Karlovic during the Chennai open which he still treasures, but later faltered in the final hurdle playing for the elusive title where he lost to Reinnar Schuttler. The championship proved that he was ready to face the big guns of the industry and give a run for their money.
He has always showcased a great skill in the court and his stamina along with his powerful strokes are already his strong points, as a result of which he has been climbing the ranking charts on a regular basis. But if he is to survive in this modern era of Tennis then he has to improve his game in each and every aspect, so he could compete with the elite Tennis players and play those Grand slams with confidence. He has been now regularly playing in ATP circuit but has not achieved major success in terms of trophies. Though to show for his continuous efforts he has been victorious in 4 ATP futures tournament and one Challenger too.
Players like Ramesh Krishanan had made it to the quarter finals of 3 grand slam. Vijay Amritraj , who once reached a ranking of 16 (highest by any Indian) in 1980 and also have 16 singles titles to his credit, and leander Paes who has already produced a Bronze Medal in the Olympics are big boots to fill for Somdev. The lad from Guwahati has the talent and the determination to clear all obstacles and hold the Indian Tri colour high.