Ramkumar Ramanathan
Ramkumar Ramanathan
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    • Nicknames are Ramand Thambu.
    • Began playing tennis at age 5 after father, a former badminton player, introduced him to tennis.
    • Father, Ramanathan, and mother, Alagammai, are both intextile business; sister,Uma.
    • Credits his parents as his biggest inspiration because "they sacrificed a lot for me to do what I like most."
    • Speaks English, Spanish and Tamil.
    • Left home to train at Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona at age of 15.
    • Received bachelor's degree in economics from Loyola College.
    • Favourite surface is grass, shot is serve and tournament is ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai.
    • Lists New York as his favourite city on tour.
    • Idols growing up were Roger Federer and Pete Sampras.
    • Also enjoys playing badminton and table tennis, but says his secret talent is as a cricket player.
    • Supports FC Barcelona and their star player Lionel Messi.
    • Lists Bill Gates as his hero and Superman as his favourite superhero.
    • Favourite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio and favourite musicians are Ed Sheeran and A. R. Rahman.
    • Favourite book is "The Inner Gamer of Tennis", movie is Soul Surfer and TV show is Prison Break.
    • Hobbies include reading and playing poker. Says listening to music is his guilty pleasure.
    • Supports "Save the Children" charity foundation.
    • Says his favourite food is Indian "any day."
    • Dream job is pilot.
    • Favourite school subject was English.
    • Says that his best quality is that he's friendly and his worst quality is time management.

    (UPDATED 24 JANUARY 2022)

    • Achieved career-high No. 111 after reaching 2018 Newport final and finished that season at year-end-high No. 133.
    • Advanced to 1st ATP Tour SF and final at 2018 Newport, joining V. Amritraj, Paes and P. Amritraj as 4th Indian finalist in tournament’s 45-year history.
    • Earned biggest win of career over No. 8 Thiem 6-3 6-2 to reach 2017 Antalya QF as Q.
    • Captured 1st Challenger title at 2021 Manama after losing 1st 6 finals of career from 2017-21.
    • Yet to qualify for a Grand Slam tournament in 23 attempts and for an ATP Masters 1000 event in 8 attempts.

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