Indian squash player Ramit Tandon won his first professional title on 14 May 2017 after beating his Indian counterpart, Kush Kumar in the Sys Open 2017.
The US-based player beat the third-seeded Kumar in straight sets of 11-3, 11-2 and 11-3 in the final. This was Tandon's third appearance in a Professional Squash Association final.
About Ramit Tandon
• Born in Kolkatta, he graduated from Sishya School in Chennai in 2011 and then shifted to New York for further studies.
• He reached his career-high world ranking of World No. 118 in September 2014.
• He led the Indian Junior team to win its first ever Asian Junior title after defeating Pakistan in the final.
• He has won 6 junior national titles and was ranked #1 in India when he ended his junior career.
• He was also a part of the Under-21 Indian team that made it into the historic world cup final in 2012.
• He was a student at Columbia University in New York, where he captained and played No. 1 on the varsity Squash team. He graduated from the University in 2015.
• He received the Skillman award from the College Squash Association to recognize his sportsmanship on and off the court.
• He also received the Connie S Maniatty award, the highest honour given to an athlete at Columbia University.
• This has been his second tournament in the year. The earlier was in January 2017, when he became the 2nd Indian ever to qualify for the main draw in the Tournament of Champions at Grand Central Station in New York.
• He, however, lost in the qualifying phase to current world number 2 Gregory Gaultier in 3 sets.