Indian tennis star Somdev Devvarman has announced from professional tennis today. Last week, he had surprised many by deciding not to play in Chennai Open, for the first time in five years. The decision had set rumours that his return to competitive tennis was uncertain and his fans might have seen the last of his counter-punching strokes, a report by ‘The Indian Express ‘ had said.
In 2012, a shoulder injury had kept him away from playing. This time around, reasons for his prolonged absence from courts is not known to many people. Speculation gained momentum when his name suddenly cropped up for the Davis Cup coach’s role.
Somdev had played last almost two years ago back Sebastian Fanselow at USA F10 Futures with the former losing 3-6, 2-6. He led the charge of the Indian team in the Davis Cup singles since 2008, and has played 14 rubbers, which alsoincluded victories against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic and Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely in the World Group Playoffs of 2014 and 2015 respectively. He was also main reason behind India making the World Group in 2010.
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Somdev is still the only singles player from India who came close to an ATP title by reaching the finals of the 2009 Chennai Open and 2011 South Africa Openafter veteran Leander Paes won a tour event in the United States in the year 1998.
(With inputs from PTI)