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Somdev's nickname is 'Buji'.

Profile

Somdev Devvarman began playing tennis at age 9
in Chennai. After competing on the Indian circuit all through his childhood, he hit the headlines as a student at the University of Virginia, USA, for being the only collegiate player to have made three consecutive finals at the NCAA Singles Championships (2006- 08), winning it back to back in his junior and senior years. Only three other players have matched that record since 1950. His 44-1 win- loss record in 2008,
is however, unprecedented.


Somdev finished University with a degree in sociology and turned pro in the summer of 2008. He won his first career title that year at a Futures Tournament in Rochester, New York. His best achievement so far on the ATP World Tour has been reaching the finals of the Chennai Open in 2009, as a wild card entry. He was ranked 202. In August 2010, Somdev cracked the top 100 at number 96, putting Indian tennis back on the world singles map. Soon after, he won the gold in the Men’s Singles event of the XIXth Commonwealth Games in Delhi, 2010, followed by two more gold medals (singles and doubles) at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, setting a new Indian record.


Somdev calls Agartala home, but lives and trains
in Austin, Texas. Competing on the tour keeps him travelling for approximately 35 weeks a year, affording a few quick trips back home to see family. He enjoys blues music, and plays the acoustic guitar.