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Purav Raja

Purav Raja
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Raja at the 2018 French Open
Country (sports) India
ResidenceMumbai, India
Born (1985-12-07) 7 December 1985 (age 35)
Mumbai, India
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Turned pro2005
Prize moneyUS$550,181
Career record0-1 (0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 813 (30 July 2007)
Career record67-82 (45.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 52 (17 July 2017)
Current rankingNo. 112 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2018)
French Open3R (2017)
Wimbledon2R (2017)
US Open2R (2017)
Last updated on: 22 March 2020.

Purav Raja ( POOR-av RAH-j?;[1] born 7 December 1985) is an Indian tennis player. He specializes in doubles and competes on the ATP World Tour. He has 2 ATP world tour level titles in men's doubles. He represents India in the Davis Cup.

Personal and early life

Purav Raja grew up in Mumbai and began playing tennis when he was 7 years old. His favorite surface is indoor carpet and his favorite shot is the dropshot. Raja's favorite tournament is Wimbledon and his idols growing up were Stefan Edberg and Steven Gerrard. His hobbies are playing pool, cricket and table tennis. Raja say that if he was not a tennis player he would have been a politician. Raja is very active in the Ananda Ashran orphanage and The Fellowship of the Physically Handicapped in Mumbai. Raja splits his training between Mumbai and Bromley.[2]

Professional career

Early years

Raja turned pro in year 2005.[3] He started with ITF tour finding negligible success in singles but continued to excel in doubles. In year 2007 he started emerging as a doubles specialist as he went on to win 4 ITF titles. He followed his success in year 2008 with four more ITF doubles titles.[4] The same year he reached his first ATP Challenger doubles final at New Delhi Challenger 4 partnering with compatriot Rohan Gajjar.[5] He won his first doubles ATP Challenger title at 2009 Karshi Challenger with his Australian Partner Sadik Kadir.[6]


From year 2010 Raja started finding consistent success at ATP Challenger tour. In year 2010 he reached four Challenger finals and won a title at 2010 Dunlop World Challenge in Tokyo with partner Treat Conrad Huey. In 2011 Raja reached three challenger finals winning one of it at 2011 Trofeo Paolo Corazzi. His performance dipped slightly in 2012. He reached only two Challenger finals and could not win a title after three successful years.

2013: Breakthrough, First ATP world tour title

In February, Raja made his Davis Cup debut against Korea. He partnered with Indian doubles legend Leander Paes and won his debut tie.[7]

2013 proved to be breakthrough year for Raja. He played most of the season with his most successful partner Divij Sharan. The pair performed consistently and reached 5 Challenger finals winning a title at Kyoto Challenger, Japan. Raja and Divij found their biggest success by winning their first ATP world tour title at 2013 Claro Open in Bogota, Colombia. They defeated second-seed French-Dutch combination of Édouard Roger-Vasselin and Igor Sijsling in the finals.[8]

They also entered qualifying draw at 2013 Wimbledon Championships and successfully qualified for main draw. They lost in first round to Nicholas Monroe and Simon Stadler. This was the first match at a Grand Slam event for both Raja and Divij.[9]

As a result of good run Raja entered top 100 rankings for the first time in his career. He also finished year inside top 100 doubles rankings at 90.


Raja's performance dipped a bit in year 2014. He could reach only two Challenger finals winning only one title. He won the title with Divij Sharan at Kyoto Challenger in Japan.[10] His performance at ATP world tour level was also poor with his best finish as a semifinal appearance at Zagreb Indoors. As a result, his rankings fell out of top 100 and he finished year at 130.


Raja started season on strong note. He reached to semifinals at Chennai Open. In February, he partnered with Fabrice Martin and made to the finals at Zagreb Indoors. This was Raja's second ATP world tour level final. They lost to second seeds Marin Draganja and Henri Kontinen in the finals.[11] But after strong performance at ATP world tour level Raja started to struggle with his form. He could make it to only one Challenger final in first half of the season. He made good comeback in second half. He won a title at Portoro? Challenger and made it to the finals at Hua Hin Challenger. He finished the year at no. 93 ranking in doubles.

2016: Second ATP world tour title

2016 proved to be very good year for Raja. He played for most part of the year with compatriot Divij Sharan and together they reached 6 ATP Challenger finals winning 4 of it. They won titles at Manchester Trophy Challenger, Aegon Surbiton Trophy, Open Castilla y León and Pune Challenger. The pair also won their second ATP world tour title at Los Cabos Open, Mexico. They defeated pair of Jonathan Erlich and Ken Skupski in the finals.[12]

In Grand Slams, Raja played his first ever match of French Open main draw along with Ivo Karlovic of Croatia. But they crashed out in the opening round of the men's doubles event. The duo lost 1-6, 2-6 to ninth seeded Polish-Austrian pair of Lukasz Kubot and Alexander Peya.[13]


Raja continued his good form in year 2017. He started the new season on strong note by reaching to his fourth ATP world tour final at 2017 Chennai Open with partner Divij Sharan. In an all Indian final they lost to the team of Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan.[14]

He reached three Challenger finals and won all of it. He won Bordeaux Challenger with Divij.[15] In November, he won back to back titles in two consecutive weeks at Knoxville and Champaign with Leander Paes.[16]

This was the first year in Raja's career where he played in main draw of all four Grand Slams. He played with Divij Sharan in first three slams of the year and partnered with Leander Paes for US Open. He crashed out in opening round at Australian Open, reached third round at French Open and lost in second round at Wimbledon and US Open.

In September, Raja played his second Davis Cup match with Rohan Bopanna in world group play-offs against Canada. But they lost to pair of Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil.[17]

Raja reached his career best ranking of 52 on 17 July 2017 and finished the year with doubles ranking of 60.


Raja registered his best result at Australian Open by reaching third round. His partner at the event was Leander Paes.[18]

Raja reached four ATP Challenger finals in 2018. He won two titles at Amex-Istanbul Challenger[19] and Wolffkran Open[20] while finishing as runner-up at Play in Challenger and Bengaluru Open.

On ATP tour he reached only two semifinals and had first round exit at 10 events. At the lack of poor performance on ATP world tour, he finished year at ranking of 90.

ATP career finals

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0-0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0-0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2-2)
Titles by surface
Hard (2-2)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (2-1)
Indoor (0-1)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Jul 2013 Colombia Open, Colombia 250 Series Hard India Divij Sharan France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
Netherlands Igor Sijsling
7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-3)
Loss 1-1 Feb 2015 Zagreb Indoors, Croatia 250 Series Hard (i) France Fabrice Martin Croatia Marin Draganja
Finland Henri Kontinen
4-6, 4-6
Win 2-1 Aug 2016 Los Cabos Open, Mexico 250 Series Hard India Divij Sharan Israel Jonathan Erlich
United Kingdom Ken Skupski
7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-3)
Loss 2-2 Jan 2017 Chennai Open, India 250 Series Hard India Divij Sharan India Rohan Bopanna
India Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
3-6, 4-6

Challenger finals

ATP Challenger Tour (18-19)

Doubles: 36 (18-19)

Outcome W-L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Loss 0-1 Aug 2008 New Delhi 4, India Hard India Rohan Gajjar India Harsh Mankad
India Ashutosh Singh
6-4, 4-6, [9-11]
Win 1-1 Aug 2009 Karshi, Uzbekistan Hard Australia Sadik Kadir Latvia Andis Ju?ka
Latvia Deniss Pavlovs
6-3, 7-6(7-4)
Loss 1-2 Jun 2010 Rome 3, Italy Clay Australia Sadik Kadir Mexico Santiago González
United States Travis Rettenmaier
2-6, 4-6
Loss 1-3 Jun 2010 Reggio Emilia, Italy Clay Australia Sadik Kadir Austria Philipp Oswald
Austria Martin Slanar
2-6, 7-5, [6-10]
Loss 1-4 Aug 2010 Beijing, China Hard Australia Sadik Kadir Canada Pierre-Ludovic Duclos
Russia Artem Sitak
6-7(4-7), 6-7(5-7)
Win 2-4 Nov 2010 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i) Philippines Treat Conrad Huey Japan Tasuku Iwami
Japan Hiroki Kondo
6-1, 6-2
Win 3-4 May 2011 Cremona, Italy Hard Philippines Treat Conrad Huey Poland Tomasz Bednarek
Poland Mateusz Kowalczyk
6-1, 6-2
Loss 3-5 Jul 2011 Recanati, Italy Hard Italy Federico Gaio Denmark Frederik Nielsen
United Kingdom Ken Skupski
4-6, 5-7
Loss 3-6 Oct 2011 Seoul, South Korea Hard India Divij Sharan Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
4-6, 6-7(3-7)
Loss 3-7 Jun 2012 Fürth, Germany Clay Australia Rameez Junaid Spain Arnau Brugués-Davi
Portugal João Sousa
5-7, 7-6(7-4), [9-11]
Loss 3-8 Nov 2012 Loughborough, United Kingdom Hard India Divij Sharan United States James Cerretani
Canada Adil Shamasdin
4-6, 5-7
Win 4-8 Mar 2013 Kyoto, Japan Carpet India Divij Sharan Australia Chris Guccione
Australia Matt Reid
6-4, 7-5
Loss 4-9 Apr 2013 Leon, Mexico Hard India Divij Sharan Australia Chris Guccione
Australia Matt Reid
3-6, 5-7
Loss 4-10 May 2013 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard India Divij Sharan India Prakash Amritraj
United States Rajeev Ram
6-7(1-7), 6-7(1-7)
Loss 4-11 Jun 2013 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass India Divij Sharan Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
7-6(7-5), 6-7(3-7), [8-10]
Loss 4-12 Oct 2013 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard India Divij Sharan Russia Mikhail Elgin
Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili
4-6, 4-6
Win 5-12 Mar 2014 Kyoto, Japan Carpet India Divij Sharan Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
New Zealand Michael Venus
5-7, 7-6(7-3), [10-4]
Loss 5-13 Aug 2014 Aptos, United States Hard India Sanam Singh Belgium Ruben Bemelmans
Lithuania Laurynas Grigelis
3-6, 6-4, [9-11]
Loss 5-14 Mar 2015 Guangzhou, China Hard France Fabrice Martin Spain Daniel Muñoz de la Nava
Kazakhstan Aleksandr Nedovyesov
2-6, 5-7
Win 6-14 Aug 2015 Portoro?, Slovenia Hard France Fabrice Martin Belarus Alexander Bury
Sweden Andreas Siljeström
7-6(7-5), 4-6, [18-16]
Loss 6-15 Nov 2015 Hua Hin, Thailand Hard Germany Andre Begemann Chinese Taipei Lee Hsin-han
Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-hsun
Loss 6-16 Apr 2016 Savannah, United States Clay India Divij Sharan United States Brian Baker
United States Ryan Harrison
7-5, 6-7(4-7), [8-10]
Win 7-16 Jun 2016 Manchester, United Kingdom Grass India Divij Sharan United Kingdom Ken Skupski
United Kingdom Neal Skupski
6-3, 3-6, [11-9]
Win 8-16 Jun 2016 Surbiton, United Kingdom Grass India Divij Sharan United Kingdom Ken Skupski
United Kingdom Neal Skupski
6-4, 7-6(7-3)
Win 9-16 Jul 2016 Segovia, Spain Hard India Divij Sharan Spain Quino Muñoz
Japan Akira Santillan
6-3, 4-6, [10-8]
Win 10-16 Oct 2016 Pune, India Hard India Divij Sharan Switzerland Luca Margaroli
France Hugo Nys
3-6, 6-3, [11-9]
Loss 10-17 Nov 2016 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard India Divij Sharan United Kingdom Ken Skupski
United Kingdom Neal Skupski
6-4, 3-6, [5-10]
Win 11-17 May 2017 Bordeaux, France Clay India Divij Sharan Mexico Santiago González
New Zealand Artem Sitak
6-4, 6-4
Win 12-17 Nov 2017 Knoxville, United States Hard (i) India Leander Paes United States James Cerretani
Australia John-Patrick Smith
7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-4)
Win 13-17 Nov 2017 Champaign, United States Hard (i) India Leander Paes South Africa Ruan Roelofse
United Kingdom Joe Salisbury
6-3, 6-7(5-7), [10-5]
Loss 13-18 Mar 2018 Lille, France Hard India Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan France Hugo Nys
Germany Tim Puetz
6-7(3-7), 6-1, [7-10]
Win 14-18 Sep 2018 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Australia Rameez Junaid Kazakhstan Timur Khabibulin
Ukraine Vladyslav Manafov
7-6(7-4), 4-6, [10-7]
Win 15-18 Oct 2018 Ismaning, Germany Carpet Croatia Antonio ?an?i? Australia Rameez Junaid
Netherlands David Pel
5-7, 6-4, [10-5]
Loss 15-19 Nov 2018 Bangalore, India Hard Croatia Antonio ?an?i? Australia Max Purcell
Australia Luke Saville
6-7(3-7), 3-6
Win 16-19 Nov 2019 Kobe, Japan Hard (i) India Ramkumar Ramanathan Sweden André Göransson
Indonesia Christopher Rungkat
7-6(8-6), 6-3
Win 17-19 Nov 2019 Pune, India Hard (i) India Ramkumar Ramanathan India Arjun Kadhe
India Saketh Myneni
7-6(7-3), 6-3
Win 18-19 Feb 2020 Bangalore, India Hard India Ramkumar Ramanathan Australia Matthew Ebden
India Leander Paes
6-0, 6-3

Doubles performance timeline

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Updated through the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W-L
Australian Open A A A A 1R 3R A 0/2 2-2
French Open A A A 1R 3R 1R A 0/3 2-3
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R A 2R 1R 1R 0/6 1-6
US Open A A A A 2R 1R A 0/2 1-2
Win-Loss 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 4-4 2-4 0-0 0/12 6-12


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  18. ^ "Australian Open: Leander Paes, Purav Raja lose in pre-quarters; Rohan Bopanna advances". Press Trust of India. 21 January 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ "Purav Raja wins doubles title in Istanbul Challenger". 16 September 2018. Retrieved 2019.
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