Wimbledon, the oldest and the only remaining Grand Slam on grass, has a great sentimental value for tennis romantics from around the world. The green grass, the white virgin that holds the Royal Box, the dress code, Wimbledon has firmly adhered to its British traditions.
This helps the emblematic grass of the Court gave the sports center legendary stories – Goran Ivanisevic, unprecedented champion Roger Federer, who puts on the mantle of the greatness of turf Pete Sampras.
The Championship reflect the charm of the old world charm that has put India on the world tennis map.
The court in India has a deep connection with the grass of Wimbledon – it is here where an Indian played for the first time a Grand Slam, it is here where an Indian has reached a semifinal of unprecedented singles this here is an Indian couple won his First major trophy altogether, this is where most Indian women have made their name as junior.
With Wimbledon 2017 we will start Monday here a stroll along the memory track of legendary Indian appointments with the Championship. The first Indian to play in the Green Grass Championship in England was in 1908, when India was still an imperial state.
The son of Maharaja sirdar Gulab Singh, who played in the tournament in England for three years 1908-1910, participating in singles and doubles. His best performance came in 1910 when he reached the third round in singles and two in doubles.
Another Indian to play in the pre-independence Wimbledon was Sidney Jacob, who was a British official. Participated in the championships between 1914 and 1928 – a long journey.
His best performance was an appearance in the singles quarter-finals in 1925 and reaching the male doubles semi-finals in 1921. Currently, it is difficult to imagine an Indian player completing the top 10 singles in a grand slam, let alone the last four.
But in the 1960s, Ramanathan Krishnan, the India track pioneer, not only reached top seed number 4 but also made two semi-final finals. In 1954, he became the first Asian to win a minor Grand Slam title. In 1960, he became the first Indian to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam.
In 1961, he beat Roy Emerson to his second semifinal, losing his eventual champion Rod Laver. All this on the green lawn of Wimbledon. The measure of their success is such that no other tennis player in India has improved their individual Grand Slam record more than 50 years later.
Tennis genes were passed to his son Ramesh Krishnan, who has had an incredible career in himself Grand Slam. Young Krishnan was the junior champion in both the French Open and Wimbledon in 1979. In the 1980s, he reached the quarter-finals of three races.
But his quarterfinal at Wimbledon 1986 is remembered because it was the last time an Indian had reached the final stage of Wimbledon. He had defeated Joakim Nystrom six times the third round but had lost Slobodan Zivojinovic in the next round and could play his father’s career.
Vijay Amritraj, formidable Indian tennis, and the man who was a commentator, as long as we can remember, had quite a relationship with Wimbledon, after playing 18 consecutive tournaments between 1972 and 1990.
He reached the quarterfinals of the championship stage eight years apart while being neglected. In 1973, he lost to eventual champion Jan Kodes and in 1981 gave Jimmy Connors a run for his money by taking two points before losing in a set of five.