Australian Open 2020

“When something like that (father’s death) happens, it shakes you. I’m an only child. Coming from the cultural background that I do, family is quite tight” – Rajeev Ram

Speaking after his first doubles Grand Slam title, Rajeev Ram opens up on the tough couple of years where he lost his father Dr Raghav Ram to pancreatic cancer, how his father shaped up his career, thoughts on the final, the Olympic spot and on the upcoming tourneys. How do you review your journey? This …

“When something like that (father’s death) happens, it shakes you. I’m an only child. Coming from the cultural background that I do, family is quite tight” – Rajeev Ram Read More »

“We played a really aggressive match against a team that has won a Grand Slam before” – Bopanna, after his 2nd round Mixed Doubles win at Aus Open

Rohan Bopanna and his Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok beat American-Brazilian pairing of Nicole Melichar and Bruno Soares 6-4 7-6(4) to move to the QF. They will take on the winner of the match between Kyrgios/Anisimova & Mektic/Krejcikova next. Congratulations on your win today. You’re through to the quarters now. Thoughts on the match today? We …

“We played a really aggressive match against a team that has won a Grand Slam before” – Bopanna, after his 2nd round Mixed Doubles win at Aus Open Read More »

“We fought till the end. We will reset & go to Pune next” – Divij Sharan, after a 2nd round loss at the Aussie Open against the 10th seeds

The Indo-Kiwi pair of Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak fought valiantly against the 10th seeds Mate Pavic & Bruno Soares, before losing 6-7(2) 3-6. Divij spoke to ITD member and Melbourne resident Piyush Bajaj after the match at Melbourne Park. Excerpts below – Q) It was a very close match. It was a great match …

“We fought till the end. We will reset & go to Pune next” – Divij Sharan, after a 2nd round loss at the Aussie Open against the 10th seeds Read More »

“It’s important to keep working on your game & the results will follow” – Divij Sharan, after making it into AO Round 2

The Indo-Kiwi pair of Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak got off to a great start, beating Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta & Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-4 7-5. The pair were a break down in the 2nd set, before coming back to clinch it, late in the set. Sharan-Sitak’s had earlier made the QFs at Wimbledon 2018. …

“It’s important to keep working on your game & the results will follow” – Divij Sharan, after making it into AO Round 2 Read More »

“The match was decided by a few points here and there” – Bopanna, after running the Bryans close at AO Round 1

On a windy day at Melbourne Park, India’s doubles ace, Rohan Bopanna, along with Japanese partner Yasutaka Uchiyama, ran one of the all-time great doubles pairs close in the 1st round of the Australian Open. They lost 1-6 6-3 3-6. ITD volunteer Piyush Bajaj caught up with Rohan after the match to gather his thoughts. …

“The match was decided by a few points here and there” – Bopanna, after running the Bryans close at AO Round 1 Read More »