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Somdev Devvarman announces retirement from professional tennis

Jan 2, 2017 13:29 IST

India’s singles player Somdev Devvarman on 1 January 2017 announced retirement from professional tennis.

Devvarman was India’s star singles player since he first broke into the scene in 2008. However, his career was hampered by a recurring shoulder injury in 2012.

He has featured in an ATP Tour final by reaching the championship match of the Chennai Open in 2009 and the South African Open in 2011.

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About Somdev Devvarman

  • Born on 13 February 1985, Somdev Kishore Devvarman is a former professional Indian tennis player.
  • He is the only collegiate player to have made three consecutive finals at the NCAA. He won back-to-back finals in his junior and senior years at the University of Virginia. He was the 13th player in the 124-year history of the tournament to win consecutive titles. Also, he was the fourth player to do so in the 50 years.
  • In 2008, he won his first career title at a Futures tournament in Rochester, New York.
  • He reached the final of the Chennai Open in 2009 as a wild card entry.
  • He won the gold medal in the men's singles event of XIXth Commonwealth Games at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium in New Delhi in 2010.
  • He grabbed both men's singles and doubles gold in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
  • He received the Arjuna Award from the Indian government in 2011 for his tennis successes.

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