Nov. 2, 2021

Episode 140: Rajeev Ram - Multiple Grand Slam Champion

Episode 140: Rajeev Ram - Multiple Grand Slam Champion

Rajeev Ram is a multiple Grand Slam Champion and the current World number 4 mens doubles player.

The 37-year-old American has won the Australian Open mixed doubles twice with Barbora Krejčíková. He´s reached 3 Grand Slam mens doubles finals with GB´s Joe Salisbury, winning the 2020 Australian Open and 2021 US Open titles.

Rajeev was a successful junior, winning 9 National junior titles in the USA. At 18 he joined the mens tennis team at the University of Illinois where he won the National Doubles Title and helped the team go undefeated to win the 2003 NCAA Championship.

He reached a career high of 56 in the world in singles in 2016, before deciding to focus on doubles.

Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury kiss the US Open Trophy

Rajeev has reached the final of 40 ATP doubles events during his career, and next month will make his Davis Cup debut for the USA.

In this episode, listen to Rajeev Ram talk to CTC Host Dan Kiernan about:-

  • How tennis started for him as a fun Father/Son activity.
  • His decision to go to US College and winning a NCAA Championship.
  • Why he regrets leaving the University of Illinois after just 1 season.
  • How going back to playing his own game style helped him break into the top 100.
  • Coping with the losses and how he still enjoys learning and improving from them.
  • His successful partnership with GB´s Joe Salisbury.
  • Do they plan on playing together in 2022?

Links Mentioned in this Episode:-

Episode 132: Joe Salisbury - Double US Open Champion!

Episode 130: Craig Tiley - Leading from the Front

Connect with Rajeev Ram

Twitter: @rajeevram

Instagram: @rajeevram318

Facebook: @RajeevRamTennis