Ramesh Krishnan
The former Tennis players, Shri Ramanathan Krishnan and Shri Ramesh Krishnan called on the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Dr. M.S. Gill, in New Delhi on November 26, 2009.jpg
Ramanathan Krishnan and Ramesh Krishnan called on the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Dr. M.S. Gill, in New Delhi, 26 November 2009.
Country (sports) India
Born (1961-06-05) 5 June 1961 (age 61)
Chennai, India
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1978
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,263,130
Career record319–285
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 23 (28 January 1985)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989)
French Open3R (1982)
WimbledonQF (1986)
US OpenQF (1981, 1987)
Career record36–69
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 114 (14 September 1987)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (1987)

Ramesh Krishnan (born 5 June 1961) is a tennis coach and former professional tennis player from India.[1] As a junior player in the late 1970s, he won the singles titles at both, Wimbledon and the French Open. He went on to reach three Grand Slam quarterfinals in the 1980s and was a part of the Indian team captained by Vijay Amritraj which reached the final of the Davis Cup in 1987 against Sweden. Krishnan also beat then-world No. 1, Mats Wilander, at the 1989 Australian Open. He became India's Davis Cup captain in 2007.

Early life

Ramesh was born in Madras,[2] India, and is the son of Ramanathan Krishnan who reached the Wimbledon semifinal twice in the 1960s. Ramesh emulated an achievement of his father's by winning the Wimbledon junior title in 1979. He also won the French Open junior title that year, and was ranked the No. 1 junior player in the world.


At the senior level, Ramesh reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon once (1986) and the US Open twice (1981 and 1987). He was admired for his touch, anticipation and all-round game, but his lack of a killer stroke or a strong service kept him from reaching the very top of the men's game.

Ramesh was a key member of the Indian team which reached the Davis Cup final in 1987. In the semifinals against Australia, he beat John Fitzgerald in four sets the opening singles match, and then defeated Wally Masur in straight sets the decisive fifth rubber to give India a 3–2 victory. However, in the final against Sweden, India was defeated 5–0 with Krishnan losing two singles matches to Mats Wilander and Anders Järryd and with the Indian team managing to win only one set. Ramesh was a stalwart on India's Davis Cup team from 1977 to 1993, compiling a 29–21 winning record (23–19 in singles and 6–2 in doubles).[citation needed]

At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Ramesh reached the men's doubles quarterfinals partnering Leander Paes.[citation needed]

Ramesh retired from the professional tour in 1993. Over the course of his career, he won eight top-level singles titles and one doubles title; he also won four challenger singles titles (defeating the young Andre Agassi in the Schenectady final in 1986). His career-high singles ranking was world No. 23, in January 1985.[citation needed]

In 1998, Ramesh was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in recognition of his achievements and contributions to Indian tennis.[3]

Ramesh runs a tennis academy in Chennai, set up along the lines of similar institutions in the United States. He became India Davis Cup team captain in January 2007.[4]

ATP Tour career finals

Singles: 12 (8 titles, 4 runner-ups)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 1981 Manila, Philippines Carpet (i) Switzerland Ivan Dupasquier 6–4, 6–4
Win 2–0 1982 Stuttgart, West Germany Clay United States Sandy Mayer 5–7, 6–3, 6–3, 7–6
Win 3–0 1984 Metz, France Carpet (i) Sweden Jan Gunnarsson 6–3, 6–3
Loss 3–1 1985 Cologne, West Germany Carpet (i) Sweden Peter Lundgren 3–6, 2–6
Win 4–1 1986 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard Sweden Johan Carlsson 6–3, 6–1
Win 5–1 1986 Hong Kong, UK Hard Ecuador Andres Gomez 7–6, 6–0, 7–5
Win 6–1 1988 Wellington, New Zealand Hard Soviet Union Andrei Chesnokov 6–7, 6–0, 6–4, 6–3
Loss 6–2 1988 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Israel Amos Mansdorf 3–6, 4–6
Loss 6–3 1988 Bristol, UK Grass West Germany Christian Saceanu 4–6, 6–2, 2–6
Loss 6–4 1988 Rye Brook, US Hard Czechoslovakia Milan Srejber 2–6, 6–7
Win 7v4 1989 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Israel Amos Mansdorf 6–4, 6–0
Win 8–4 1990 Schenectady, US Hard New Zealand Kelly Evernden 6–1, 6–1

Doubles: 1 (1 title)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 1987 Nancy, France Carpet (i) Switzerland Claudio Mezzadri Canada Grant Connell
United States Larry Scott
6–4, 6–4

ATP Challenger finals

Singles: 4 (4 titles)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 1986 Schenectady, US Hard United States Andre Agassi 6–2, 6–3
Win 2. 1987 Nagoya, Japan Hard United States Jay Lapidus 6–3, 6–0
Win 3. 1989 Nagoya, Japan (2) Hard United States Jonathan Canter 6–1, 6–3
Win 4. 1990 Nagoya, Japan (3) Hard United States Brian Garrow 6–2, 6–4

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponents Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1989 Nagoya, Japan Hard United States Jonathan Canter United States John Letts
United States Bruce Man-Son-Hing
5–7, 6–4, 0–6

Career highlights


  1. ^ "Top Male Tennis Players of India through History". Times of India. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Pride of Chennai - A list of people that make Chennai proud". Itz Chennai. January 2012.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Krishnan Tennis Centre". Retrieved 23 June 2016.