AGARTALA: Ravaged by injuries, India’s star singles player Somdev Devvarman announced his retirement from professional tennis, bringing an abrupt end to what was once a promising career.
Here are five facts about the golden man of indian tennis Somdev Devvarman:
#1. Somdev Kishore Devvarman (born 13 February 1985) is a former professional Indian tennis player. He hit the headlines for being the only collegiate player to have made three consecutive finals at the NCAA, winning back-to-back finals in his junior and senior years at the University of Virginia.
#2. Somdev was born into a Tripuri Hindu family in Guwahati, Assam to Ranjana and Pravanjan Dev Varman, a retired income tax commissioner. He belongs to the Indian state of Tripura.
#3. His best achievement so far on the ATP World Tour has been reaching the final of the Chennai Open in 2009, as a wild card entry. In 2010, Somdev won the gold medal in the men’s singles event of XIXth Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, and he followed it up with both men’s singles and doubles gold in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
#4. His 44–1 win-loss record in 2008 at the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship remains unmatched so far.
#5. Somdev Devvarman was conferred the Arjuna award — the country’s second highest sporting honour — in 2011.
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