“That is my biggest strength, my fighting spirit and that passion and heart more than forehands and backhands.” Somdev Devvarman, Hindustan Times, Jan 02, 2017.
Somdev Kishore Devvarman is India’s most promising Tennis players in the recent times and Somdev has proved that India can produce world class Tennis stars. Its this passion for tennis that made him a promising star in the world of tennis. We at at SDMIMD - CS & MS wanted our students to learn that passion for sports and in turn for sports management and that is the beautiful lesson our Brand Ambassdors brings with him.
Somdev was born 13th February 1985 in Guwhati. His father’s job took him to Chennai where he started his tennis career at the age of 9. After his graduation from University of Virginia he started working with a Sports Management company – Mamba International from where his professional tennis career started. Then there was no looking back.
He hit the headlines for being the only collegiate player to have made three consecutive finals at the NCAA, winning back-to-back finals in his junior and senior years at the University of Virginia. Only three other players have matched that record since 1950. His 44–1 win-loss record in 2008 at the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship is unprecedented.
His best achievement so far on the ATP World Tour has been reaching the final of the Chennai Open in 2009, as a wild card entry. In 2010, Somdev won the gold medal in the men’s singles event of XIXth Commonwealth Games at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium in New Delhi, and he followed it up with both men's singles and doubles gold in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
In 2011, Devvarman received the Arjuna Award from the Indian government for his tennis successes. Devvarman reached the quarterfinals of the SA Open in Johannesburg. He also reached the second round of the ATP World Tour 500 series Dubai Tennis Championships. He led India's Davis team in their match against Russia.