Indian Tennis Champion: Ramanathan Krishnan

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
Not only one of the most successful players in India but also in the world during the 50s and 60s. Ramanathan Krishnan remains the only Indian to have reached a Singles semi-final match, as he reached Wimbledon semis on two occasion – in 1960 and 1961 – and Quarterfinals of the French Open in 1962.

Krishnan is also the only Indian to have broken into the world top 10, a list at that time compiled and maintained by a well-known British journalist Lance Tingay.

For his exemplary service in the field of tennis, Krishnan was awarded the Arjuna award in 1961, Padma Shree in 1962 and Padma Bhushan in 1967.

Highest Rank Achieved
Singles: #6 (in 1961)