(Last Updated on : 24/02/2015)
Zeeshan Ali is a former Indian tennis player who played for Indian Tennis team in different tournaments of national level and international level. He was the highest rank holder in Indian tennis rank scenario on December 12, 1988.
Early Life of Zeeshan Ali
Zeeshan Ali was born on 1st January in the year 1970 in Kolkata
. He is a former tennis player from India, who competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, where he was defeated in the second round by the number ten seed from Switzerland, Jakob Hlasek.
Career of Zeeshan Ali
Zeeshan Ali was the right-hander and he reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on 12th December 1988, when he became the number 126 of the world. Zeeshan Ali remained in the top-150 through August 1989. His singles highlights in the year 1988 included making of R2 of the ATP tour event in Schenectady (losing to Kriek in R2) and at the Seoul Olympics (where he lost to Hlasek in R2), and making the final of a Challenger in New Haven, CT (losing to Vijay Amritraj) and the semi final of a Challenger in Indonesia.
Later Career of Zeeshan Ali
The decent graph of his career set to the performances had taken Zeeshan to 178 in the singles rankings in November 1988, but he then dominated a Satellite circuit in India and jumped to a career-high 126 on 12th December 1988. At the end of 1988, the doubles ranking of Zeeshan Ali was at 154.
In the year 1989, Zeeshan Ali was made the QF of a Challenger in Nigeria early in the year, and then qualified into tour events in Key Biscayne, Tokyo (where he beat Leif Shiras before losing to Stefan Edberg in R2), Singapore and London (Queen's Club). In 1989 he played his only Grand Slam match, losing in straight sets to Wally Masur at Wimbledon.
In 1989, Zeeshan Ali made R2 of doubles at Wimbledon, and won two Challenger doubles titles in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. In the year 1988, Zeeshan Ali had also made R2 of the Wimbledon doubles (with Mark Ferreira), two Challenger doubles finals (one with Mark) and four Challenger semi-finals, one of them with Anand Amritraj. In the year 1990, Zeeshan Ali won a Challenger doubles title (in Winnetka, IL) and made another Challenger doubles final (in Kenya), although playing a much lighter schedule. After 1991, Zeeshan Ali was mainly playing Futures and Satellites (plus only the occasional Challenger) in India and South East Asia. He won the gold medal in the Asian games.