Purav Raja

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Purav Raja
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Raja at the 2018 French Open
Country (sports)Flag of India.svg  India
Residence Mumbai, India
Born (1985-12-07) 7 December 1985 (age 34)
Mumbai, India
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Turned pro2005
PlaysRight-handed
Prize moneyUS$550,181
Singles
Career record0–1 (0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 813 (30 July 2007)
Doubles
Career record67–82 (45.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 52 (17 July 2017)
Current rankingNo. 112 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2018)
French Open 3R (2017)
Wimbledon 2R (2017)
US Open 2R (2017)
Last updated on: 22 March 2020.

Purav Raja ( /ˈpʊərævˈrɑːə/ POOR-av RAH-jə; [1] born 7 December 1985) is an Indian tennis player. He specializes in doubles and competes on the ATP World Tour. He has 2 ATP world tour level titles in men's doubles. He represents India in the Davis Cup.

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Personal and early life

Purav Raja grew up in Mumbai and began playing tennis when he was 7 years old. His favorite surface is indoor carpet and his favorite shot is the dropshot. Raja's favorite tournament is Wimbledon and his idols growing up were Stefan Edberg and Steven Gerrard. His hobbies are playing pool, cricket and table tennis. Raja say that if he was not a tennis player he would have been a politician. Raja is very active in the Ananda Ashran orphanage and The Fellowship of the Physically Handicapped in Mumbai. Raja splits his training between Mumbai and Bromley. [2]

Professional career

Early years

Raja turned pro in year 2005. [3] He started with ITF tour finding negligible success in singles but continued to excel in doubles. In year 2007 he started emerging as a doubles specialist as he went on to win 4 ITF titles. He followed his success in year 2008 with four more ITF doubles titles. [4] The same year he reached his first ATP Challenger doubles final at New Delhi Challenger 4 partnering with compatriot Rohan Gajjar. [5] He won his first doubles ATP Challenger title at 2009 Karshi Challenger with his Australian Partner Sadik Kadir. [6]

2010–2012

From year 2010 Raja started finding consistent success at ATP Challenger tour. In year 2010 he reached four Challenger finals and won a title at 2010 Dunlop World Challenge in Tokyo with partner Treat Conrad Huey. In 2011 Raja reached three challenger finals winning one of it at 2011 Trofeo Paolo Corazzi. His performance dipped slightly in 2012. He reached only two Challenger finals and could not win a title after three successful years.

2013: Breakthrough, First ATP world tour title

In February, Raja made his Davis Cup debut against Korea. He partnered with Indian doubles legend Leander Paes and won his debut tie. [7]

2013 proved to be breakthrough year for Raja. He played most of the season with his most successful partner Divij Sharan. The pair performed consistently and reached 5 Challenger finals winning a title at Kyoto Challenger, Japan. Raja and Divij found their biggest success by winning their first ATP world tour title at 2013 Claro Open in Bogota, Colombia. They defeated second-seed French-Dutch combination of Édouard Roger-Vasselin and Igor Sijsling in the finals. [8]

They also entered qualifying draw at 2013 Wimbledon Championships and successfully qualified for main draw. They lost in first round to Nicholas Monroe and Simon Stadler. This was the first match at a Grand Slam event for both Raja and Divij. [9]

As a result of good run Raja entered top 100 rankings for the first time in his career. He also finished year inside top 100 doubles rankings at 90.

2014

Raja's performance dipped a bit in year 2014. He could reach only two Challenger finals winning only one title. He won the title with Divij Sharan at Kyoto Challenger in Japan. [10] His performance at ATP world tour level was also poor with his best finish as a semifinal appearance at Zagreb Indoors. As a result, his rankings fell out of top 100 and he finished year at 130.

2015

Raja started season on strong note. He reached to semifinals at Chennai Open. In February, he partnered with Fabrice Martin and made to the finals at Zagreb Indoors. This was Raja's second ATP world tour level final. They lost to second seeds Marin Draganja and Henri Kontinen in the finals. [11] But after strong performance at ATP world tour level Raja started to struggle with his form. He could make it to only one Challenger final in first half of the season. He made good comeback in second half. He won a title at Portorož Challenger and made it to the finals at Hua Hin Challenger. He finished the year at no. 93 ranking in doubles.

2016: Second ATP world tour title

2016 proved to be very good year for Raja. He played for most part of the year with compatriot Divij Sharan and together they reached 6 ATP Challenger finals winning 4 of it. They won titles at Manchester Trophy Challenger, Aegon Surbiton Trophy, Open Castilla y León and Pune Challenger. The pair also won their second ATP world tour title at Los Cabos Open, Mexico. They defeated pair of Jonathan Erlich and Ken Skupski in the finals. [12]

In Grand Slams, Raja played his first ever match of French Open main draw along with Ivo Karlovic of Croatia. But they crashed out in the opening round of the men's doubles event. The duo lost 1–6, 2–6 to ninth seeded Polish-Austrian pair of Lukasz Kubot and Alexander Peya. [13]

2017

Raja continued his good form in year 2017. He started the new season on strong note by reaching to his fourth ATP world tour final at 2017 Chennai Open with partner Divij Sharan. In an all Indian final they lost to the team of Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. [14]

He reached three Challenger finals and won all of it. He won Bordeaux Challenger with Divij. [15] In November, he won back to back titles in two consecutive weeks at Knoxville and Champaign with Leander Paes. [16]

This was the first year in Raja's career where he played in main draw of all four Grand Slams. He played with Divij Sharan in first three slams of the year and partnered with Leander Paes for US Open. He crashed out in opening round at Australian Open, reached third round at French Open and lost in second round at Wimbledon and US Open.

In September, Raja played his second Davis Cup match with Rohan Bopanna in world group play-offs against Canada. But they lost to pair of Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil. [17]

Raja reached his career best ranking of 52 on 17 July 2017 and finished the year with doubles ranking of 60.

2018

Raja registered his best result at Australian Open by reaching third round. His partner at the event was Leander Paes. [18]

Raja reached four ATP Challenger finals in 2018. He won two titles at Amex-Istanbul Challenger [19] and Wolffkran Open [20] while finishing as runner-up at Play in Challenger and Bengaluru Open.

On ATP tour he reached only two semifinals and had first round exit at 10 events. At the lack of poor performance on ATP world tour, he finished year at ranking of 90.

ATP career finals

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (2–1)
Indoor (0–1)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Win1–0 Jul 2013 Colombia Open, Colombia250 SeriesHard Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of France.svg Édouard Roger-Vasselin
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Igor Sijsling
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–3)
Loss1–1 Feb 2015 Zagreb Indoors, Croatia250 SeriesHard (i) Flag of France.svg Fabrice Martin Flag of Croatia.svg Marin Draganja
Flag of Finland.svg Henri Kontinen
4–6, 4–6
Win2–1 Aug 2016 Los Cabos Open, Mexico250 SeriesHard Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of Israel.svg Jonathan Erlich
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Skupski
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–3)
Loss2–2 Jan 2017 Chennai Open, India250 SeriesHard Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of India.svg Rohan Bopanna
Flag of India.svg Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
3–6, 4–6

Challenger finals

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (18–19)

Doubles: 36 (18–19)

OutcomeW–LDateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponents in the finalScore
Loss0–1 Aug 2008 New Delhi 4, IndiaHard Flag of India.svg Rohan Gajjar Flag of India.svg Harsh Mankad
Flag of India.svg Ashutosh Singh
6–4, 4–6, [9–11]
Win1–1 Aug 2009 Karshi, UzbekistanHard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sadik Kadir Flag of Latvia.svg Andis Juška
Flag of Latvia.svg Deniss Pavlovs
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Loss1–2 Jun 2010 Rome 3, ItalyClay Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sadik Kadir Flag of Mexico.svg Santiago González
Flag of the United States.svg Travis Rettenmaier
2–6, 4–6
Loss1–3 Jun 2010 Reggio Emilia, ItalyClay Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sadik Kadir Flag of Austria.svg Philipp Oswald
Flag of Austria.svg Martin Slanar
2–6, 7–5, [6–10]
Loss1–4 Aug 2010 Beijing, ChinaHard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sadik Kadir Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Pierre-Ludovic Duclos
Flag of Russia.svg Artem Sitak
6–7(4–7), 6–7(5–7)
Win2–4 Nov 2010 Toyota, JapanCarpet (i) Flag of the Philippines.svg Treat Conrad Huey Flag of Japan.svg Tasuku Iwami
Flag of Japan.svg Hiroki Kondo
6–1, 6–2
Win3–4 May 2011 Cremona, ItalyHard Flag of the Philippines.svg Treat Conrad Huey Flag of Poland.svg Tomasz Bednarek
Flag of Poland.svg Mateusz Kowalczyk
6–1, 6–2
Loss3–5 Jul 2011 Recanati, ItalyHard Flag of Italy.svg Federico Gaio Flag of Denmark.svg Frederik Nielsen
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Skupski
4–6, 5–7
Loss3–6 Oct 2011 Seoul, South KoreaHard Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of Thailand.svg Sanchai Ratiwatana
Flag of Thailand.svg Sonchat Ratiwatana
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss3–7 Jun 2012 Fürth, GermanyClay Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rameez Junaid Flag of Spain.svg Arnau Brugués-Davi
Flag of Portugal.svg João Sousa
5–7, 7–6(7–4), [9–11]
Loss3–8 Nov 2012 Loughborough, United KingdomHard Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of the United States.svg James Cerretani
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Adil Shamasdin
4–6, 5–7
Win4–8 Mar 2013 Kyoto, JapanCarpet Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Guccione
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matt Reid
6–4, 7–5
Loss4–9 Apr 2013 Leon, MexicoHard Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Guccione
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matt Reid
3–6, 5–7
Loss4–10 May 2013 Johannesburg, South AfricaHard Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of India.svg Prakash Amritraj
Flag of the United States.svg Rajeev Ram
6–7(1–7), 6–7(1–7)
Loss4–11 Jun 2013 Nottingham, United KingdomGrass Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of Thailand.svg Sanchai Ratiwatana
Flag of Thailand.svg Sonchat Ratiwatana
7–6(7–5), 6–7(3–7), [8–10]
Loss4–12 Oct 2013 Tashkent, UzbekistanHard Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of Russia.svg Mikhail Elgin
Flag of Russia.svg Teymuraz Gabashvili
4–6, 4–6
Win5–12 Mar 2014 Kyoto, JapanCarpet Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of Thailand.svg Sanchai Ratiwatana
Flag of New Zealand.svg Michael Venus
5–7, 7–6(7–3), [10–4]
Loss5–13 Aug 2014 Aptos, United StatesHard Flag of India.svg Sanam Singh Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Ruben Bemelmans
Flag of Lithuania.svg Laurynas Grigelis
3–6, 6–4, [9–11]
Loss5–14 Mar 2015 Guangzhou, ChinaHard Flag of France.svg Fabrice Martin Flag of Spain.svg Daniel Muñoz de la Nava
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Aleksandr Nedovyesov
2–6, 5–7
Win6–14 Aug 2015 Portorož, SloveniaHard Flag of France.svg Fabrice Martin Flag of Belarus.svg Alexander Bury
Flag of Sweden.svg Andreas Siljeström
7–6(7–5), 4–6, [18–16]
Loss6–15 Nov 2015 Hua Hin, ThailandHard Flag of Germany.svg Andre Begemann Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Lee Hsin-han
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Lu Yen-hsun
Walkover
Loss6–16 Apr 2016 Savannah, United StatesClay Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of the United States.svg Brian Baker
Flag of the United States.svg Ryan Harrison
7–5, 6–7(4–7), [8–10]
Win7–16 Jun 2016 Manchester, United KingdomGrass Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Skupski
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Neal Skupski
6–3, 3–6, [11–9]
Win8–16 Jun 2016 Surbiton, United KingdomGrass Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Skupski
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Neal Skupski
6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Win9–16 Jul 2016 Segovia, SpainHard Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of Spain.svg Quino Muñoz
Flag of Japan.svg Akira Santillan
6–3, 4–6, [10–8]
Win10–16 Oct 2016 Pune, IndiaHard Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of Switzerland.svg Luca Margaroli
Flag of France.svg Hugo Nys
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Loss10–17 Nov 2016 Bratislava, SlovakiaHard Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Skupski
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Neal Skupski
6–4, 3–6, [5–10]
Win11–17 May 2017 Bordeaux, FranceClay Flag of India.svg Divij Sharan Flag of Mexico.svg Santiago González
Flag of New Zealand.svg Artem Sitak
6–4, 6–4
Win12–17 Nov 2017 Knoxville, United StatesHard (i) Flag of India.svg Leander Paes Flag of the United States.svg James Cerretani
Flag of Australia (converted).svg John-Patrick Smith
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–4)
Win13–17 Nov 2017 Champaign, United StatesHard (i) Flag of India.svg Leander Paes Flag of South Africa.svg Ruan Roelofse
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Salisbury
6–3, 6–7(5–7), [10–5]
Loss13–18 Mar 2018 Lille, FranceHard Flag of India.svg Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan Flag of France.svg Hugo Nys
Flag of Germany.svg Tim Puetz
6–7(3–7), 6–1, [7–10]
Win14–18 Sep 2018 Istanbul, TurkeyHard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rameez Junaid Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Timur Khabibulin
Flag of Ukraine.svg Vladyslav Manafov
7–6(7–4), 4–6, [10–7]
Win15–18 Oct 2018 Ismaning, GermanyCarpet Flag of Croatia.svg Antonio Šančić Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rameez Junaid
Flag of the Netherlands.svg David Pel
5–7, 6–4, [10–5]
Loss15–19 Nov 2018 Bangalore, IndiaHard Flag of Croatia.svg Antonio Šančić Flag of Australia (converted).svg Max Purcell
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Luke Saville
6–7(3–7), 3–6
Win16–19 Nov 2019 Kobe, JapanHard (i) Flag of India.svg Ramkumar Ramanathan Flag of Sweden.svg André Göransson
Flag of Indonesia.svg Christopher Rungkat
7–6(8–6), 6–3
Win17–19 Nov 2019 Pune, IndiaHard (i) Flag of India.svg Ramkumar Ramanathan Flag of India.svg Arjun Kadhe
Flag of India.svg Saketh Myneni
7–6(7–3), 6–3
Win18–19 Feb 2020 Bangalore, IndiaHard Flag of India.svg Ramkumar Ramanathan Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matthew Ebden
Flag of India.svg Leander Paes
6–0, 6–3

Doubles performance timeline

Key
W F SFQF#RRRQ#APZ#POGF-SSF-BNMSNH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Updated through the 2019 Australian Open.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SRW–L
Australian Open AAAA 1R 3R A0/22–2
French Open AAA 1R 3R 1R 0/32–3
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R A 2R 1R 0/51–5
US Open AAAA 2R 1R 0/21–2
Win–Loss0–10–10–10–14–42–40–00/126–12

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