Right from Ramanathan Krishnan a trailblazer in the 1950s and 60s to Somdev Devvarman who has been the torchbearer of Indian tennis in the second decade of the 21st century, this feature takes a look at the top 10 Indian tennis players, inclusive of singles and doubles.
If there is one person who can be credited for putting India on the global tennis map, then it has to be Ramanathan Krishnan. The man from Chennai made heads turn with his style of play that gave more emphasis towards finesse than power, Krishnan was the first Asian to win the Wimbledon junior title, a feat he achieved in 1954. Wimbledon proved to be his favorite hunting ground as he twice made it to the last four on the grass of SW19, losing on both occasions to the eventual champion. Krishnan notched up a remarkable 50 wins in singles in the Davis Cup and was ranked as high as #3 in the world, two records that stand till date. Krishnan received the Arjuna Award, the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian tennis.