Jackie Finn | May 10, 2017
May is Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month. To celebrate, USTA.com is taking a look at Asian-Americans past, present and future – those who have helped to shape the game, and those who could soon cement their place in it.
Here’s a closer look at doubles standout and Olympic silver medalist Rajeev Ram:
- Ram is currently ranked a career-high No. 11 in the ATP individual doubles rankings. The only Americans ranked higher are 16-time Grand Slam champions Bob and Mike Bryan. Overall, Ram has won 12 career tour doubles titles as well as 32 USTA Pro Circuit/ITF Pro Circuit doubles crowns.
- While he excels in doubles, Ram has also won two ATP singles titles, both on the grass in Newport, R.I. – in 2009 and 2015. In 2009, the American had to win seven straight matches to claim the crown, two in qualifying and five in the main draw.
His career-high ranking is No. 56, achieved in April 2016.
- Ram and current partner Raven Klassen won the men’s doubles title at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in March. It was the duo’s fifth title together and their second of the year; the pair also won Delray Beach. To capture the Indian Wells title, Ram and Klaasen defeated teams that included Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Sam Querrey.
- In addition to two at Delray Beach and the one at Indian Wells, the 32-year-old has won titles in Chengdu, Halle (2), St. Petersburg, San Jose, Atlanta, Bangkok, Newport and Chennai.
- The Carmel, Ind., resident, born to Indian parents, was a standout college player at the University of Illinois. Ram claimed the NCAA doubles title and a team championship for the Fighting Illini in 2003. He ranks it among his best tennis memories.
- 2016 was a banner year for Ram. At the Rio Olympics, he partnered with Venus Williams to win the silver medal in mixed doubles (falling to fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock in the final) and he also made the final of the 2016 US Open mixed doubles with partner CoCo Vandeweghe. Ram cracked the Top 20 in doubles for the first-time last summer thanks to his two doubles titles and four finals appearances in 2016.