Somdev Kishore Devvarman
Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2011
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Agartala, Tripura, India
Somdev Kishore Devvarman is a professional Indian tennis player. He was born on February 13, 1985 in Agartala, Tripura, India. His father's name is Pravanjan Dev Varman and his mother's name is Ranjana. His parents shifted to Kolkata when he was a baby and he spent his childhood days in kolkata. when his father transferred to chennai, he started practicing the game of tennis. He completed his schooling at Asan Memorial School. He hit the headlines for being the only collegiate palyer 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.
Somdev finished University with a degree in sociology and turned pro in the summer of 2008. He won his first career title that year at a Futures Tournament in Rochester, New York. His best achievement so far on the ATP World Tour has been reaching the finals of the Chennai Open in 2009, as a wild card entry. He was ranked 202. In August 2010, Somdev cracked the top 100 at number 96, putting Indian tennis back on the world singles map. Soon after, he won the gold in the Men’s Singles event of the XIXth Commonwealth Games in Delhi, 2010, followed by two more gold medals (singles and doubles) at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, setting a new Indian record. In 2011, Devvarman received the Arjuna Award from the Indian government for his tennis successes.