Friday, January 18, 2008

Somdev Dev Varman's twin triumph at Florida

Mainstream newspapers in India may have ignored news of Somdev Dev Varman's triumph at the USA F1 Futures at Wesley Chapel(Florida) on January 13 but the 22-year-old Indian isn't complaining.

The reigning NCAA champion won the singles title at the $10,000 hardcourt tournament after going through qualifying for the 32-player event - a total of seven matches on the trot.

If that wasn't enough, Dev Varman partnered American Treat Huey to victory in the men's doubles event.

"I played a lot of tough matches beginning with my first round," he told the Indian Tennis Blog. "Overall it was a good learning experience for me and I'm glad I went to play."

Dev Varman is currently ranked a measly 1037 on the ATP Tour, thanks to his decision not to turn professional till mid-2008, when he finishes his stint at the University of Virginia.

"Over the next few months, I am focussed on finishing up school and helping my team to be at the very top of college tennis," he said.

"I'm not sure about what pro tournaments I'll be playing but I will be working on my pro schedule after I graduate soon."

Dev Varman won the NCAA championship in May 2007 - the first Indian to triumph at the premier American collegiate event and emulate the likes of John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe.

In a poll conducted by the Indian Tennis Blog in December, 48 per cent picked Dev Varman as the "Indian player to watch out for in 2008".
Should Somdev Dev Varman turn professional?
Yes - he's wasting his best formative years
No - he will peak gradually this way
Can't say free polls

1 comment:

  1. Hello, great blog, keep it going! I would like to let you know that Im a Pakistani tennis fanatic living in Seattle. I was really heartened to see 2 Indians in action today during the ITA Collegiate indoor championship games at the University of Washington.

    I saw Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan in action at #2 singles for UW against Georgia (#2 seeds). He did great and was very impressive in a straight sets victory).

    I also saw Somdev practice on the courts... he looks really great. Im going to watch him in action tomorrow and will post some pics on my blog at

    I think I saw the future or atleast part of the future of Indian tennis in action today. It definitely looks very promising!


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