ILLINI LEGENDS, LISTS & LORE | Mar 18 – Champaign/Urbana News


Happy 34th Birthday to former Illini tennis and stream ATP World Tour standout Rajeev Ram.

He’s now a world’s 21st-ranked doubles player, once rated as high as 11th in Jul 2017. As a singles player, Ram rose to a ranking of fifty-sixth in Apr 2016.

Altogether, a Denver-born Illinois alumnus has won 15 ATP World Tour titles—13 in doubles and dual in singles. In tennis vital events, Ram has been a doubles semifinalist during Wimbledon (2016) and a U.S. Open (2014), and a churned doubles semifinalist in a French Open (2017) and U.S. Open (2016).

He also won a Silver award in a 2016 Rio de Janeiro churned doubles with tennis fable Venus Williams.

Rajeev began personification a competition during age 4 with his dad, Raghav, now an egghead collateral manager for Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis. The Ram family changed to Carmel, Indiana and Rajeev eventually became a state’s singles pretension champion during Carmel High School. He also trafficked around a world, winning 9 inhabitant titles and participating in all 4 Grand Slam youth events. Ram and partner Brian Baker were youth doubles finalists during Wimbledon in 2002.

Coach Craig Tiley recruited Ram to a University of Illinois in 2002 when a 18-year-old was regarded as college tennis’s tip recruit. Ram behind his enrollment during Illinois until a second division so that he could continue personification as an pledge in veteran tournaments. He was scarcely unbeatable during a open of 2003, accumulating a 26-4 record in singles play, including a ideal 8-0 symbol during No. 1 singles. As a doubles player, Ram’s record was 28-5. He and Brian Wilson teamed adult to win a NCAA doubles pretension that year.

In further to his career as a veteran tennis player, Ram is active with his foundation, EntouRaj for Kids. His munificent goal is to foster a growth of immature tennis players by appropriation tennis grants and programs that produces winning attitudes in immature players.

He and his wife, Zainab, separate their time between Indiana and California.

Illini Birthdays:

Today: Seth Brady, wrestling (44)

Monday: Ty Weber, ball (20)

Tuesday: Carla Thompson, tennis coach

Wednesday: Danielle Trezzo, softball (24)

Thursday: Quincy Washington, football (38)

Friday: Mark Peterson, football (65)

Saturday: Terry Cole, football (56)

By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists Lore (Third Edition now accessible in stores). Get some-more Illini birthdays, trivia and chronological tidbits daily on Twitter@B1GLLL. His website is

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