(Last Updated on : 01/10/2013)
Somdev Devvarman, also referred to as Somdev Kishore Devvarman, is an Indian tennis player who was applauded for his outstanding performance in three consecutive final tennis matches at the NCAA, at the collegiate level.
During 2008, his win-loss record of 44-1 at NCAA'S Men's Tennis Championship was extraordinary. His wild card entry in the ATP World Tour in Chennai
Open in the year 2009 is quite memorable. In the year 2010, Somdev Devvarman had emerged victorious in the Men's Singles during the XIXth Commonwealth Games. This event had occurred at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium in New Delhi
. ScottMcCain had coached Somdev. He is the recipient of the Arjuna Award
from the Indian government in the year 2011 for tennis matches in national levels.
Early Life of Somdev Devvarman
Somdev Devvarman was born in Guwahati
in the eastern Indian state
, to a family of Tripuri Hindu
s. Pravanjan Dev Varman and Ranjana were the parents of Somdev Devvarma. His father Pravanjan Dev Varman was an income tax commissioner who was retired. When he was about three years of age, his family had moved to the city of Kolkata
and resided there till he turned into an eight-year-old. However, Somdev Devvarman had to travel to Madras on account of his father's work, when he was about nine years old. He had gained education from Asan Memorial School. Kolkata's F2 championship which had taken place in the year 2004 was said to be the greatest achievement of this Indian tennis player. After this match, his rank had risen to 666, according to world ranks. That very year, he had visited USA to study at the University of Virginia. Somdev had won a victory at the 2007 NCAA Singles Championship after defeating John Isner, who was the senior of Georgia Bulldog in the final match.
Next year, he again emerged victorious against Tennessee's J.P. Smith and thus won the NCAA Singles National Championship. He was the 13th player in the tennis tournament who won consecutive titles in 124 years. He was also the fourth player who achieved this victory in the last 50 years. Somdev Devvarma had pursued a degree in sociology from the University of Virginia. The Tamil Nadu Tennis Association
located in Chennai had felicitated Devvarman in 2010.
Achievements of Somdev Devvarman
Somdev Devvarman commenced with his career in the field of sports at the Futures tournament in the region of Rochester in New York after his graduation from the University of Virginia. He won against Ricardo Mello, Justin Gimelstob and Robert Kendrick in the final tennis match at the Kennedy Funding Invitational in July 2007. He had also defeated Robert Kendrick, Bobby Reynolds and Xavier Malisse during the Lexington Challenger on 27th July, 2008. Towards the conclusion of the year 2008, Somdev Devvarman was the world's no. 24 tennis player.
He had beaten Carlos Moya of Spain and Ivo Karlovic of Crotia at the 2009 Chennai Open in his very first ATP tour. At the Australian open series of the Grand Slam, Somdev Devvarman had defeated Prakash Amritraj in the first qualifying round. However, he lost to Lukasz Kubot of Poland during the second round of the game. Finally, he was successful in the Davis Cup campaign when he won against Chinese Taipei thereby making India win. In the French Open of the Grand Slam of 2009, he again won against Joao Souza of Brazil in the initial round. In the third Grand Slam of 2009, Somdev Devvarman lost to Jean-Rene Lisnard of Monaco. He also defeated Janowicz in the US Open. He had participated in the second round of the ATP World Tour 500 series Dubai Tennis Championships where he failed to win against Marcos Baghdatis.
Somdev Devvarman had won the Men's Tennis gold
medal during the Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi on 10th October, 2010. Greg Jones of Australia was defeated in this match. On 25th October, his rank rose to no.24.
In the 2011 Australian Open, he was defeated by Andrej Martin of Slovakia in the round of quarterfinals. He secured a direct entry to South African Tennis Open 2011. However, Kevin Anderson defeated him during the final rounds. He competed against Roger Federer in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. In the latter match, he was defeated by Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. His rank then moved to no.73.
He also took part in the 2012 London Olympics through a wild card entry. Benjamin Becker of Germany won victory against Somdev Devvarman in the Great Britain F13 event. Aged 22, Somdev Devvarman won his debut in Davis Cup in the year 2008 against Uzbekistan.
Somdev Devvarman had participated in the maiden Olympics at London 2012 and won an opportunity to play in Men's Singles. Somdev Devvarman had taken part in the Men's Doubles and Men's Singles. He was the proud winner of gold medals in the singles tournaments of 2010 Delhi games. In 2013 Devvarman apparently recovered from the injuries that had prevented him competing in much of 2012. Now he ranked 98 in ATP.
Personal Life of Somdev Devvarman
Somdev is the grandson of Bikramendra Kishore Debbarman, who is Tripura
's royal scion. He is a great admirer of Roger Federer, apart from harbouring a liking for Mahesh Bhupathi
, Leander Paes
and Krishnans. He loves watching cricket matches and his idol is Sachin Tendulkar
. Globosport, which is the official organisation of Mahesh Bhupathi manages Somdev Devvarman.