Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Purav Raja does a double in Great Britain

Former national champion Purav Raja is on a roll having just picked up his second ITF Futures doubles title in two weeks, both triumphs coming on British soil.

The 22-year-old partnered Jiri Krkoska of the Czech Republic to win the Great Britain Futures 2 and 3 tournaments at Sheffield and Tipton last week.

The victories have taken Raja to a career-best 358 in the doubles rankings and he is expected to crack the top 350 when the latest rankings are issued on Monday.

Despite the streak of consecutive wins, the 2006 National Champion said he still considered himself more of a singles player.

"At the moment, I believe doubles is a great stepping stone for singles which is my priority as I could get into the main draw of some challengers and play singles qualifiers," Raja told the Indian Tennis Blog.

"But yeah! I definitely really enjoy doubles."

Raja, currently ranked 839 in singles, is in contention for a main draw place at the India F1 and F2 Futures tournaments in Kolkata and New Delhi later this month.

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