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Ramesh Krishnan is an Indian tennis legend who is always remembered for his remarkable contribution to the Indian tennis. He played the game for 13 years from 1979 to 1992 and won many crucial tournaments during the course of his career. He won the National title at the age of 16 in 1977. Winning the junior titles at the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships in 1979 made him the No. 1 junior in the world for that year. He went on to have a successful career as a professional tennis player with wins over several of the world’s top players and earned a career-high ranking of 23. He was a quarterfinalist at the Wimbledon and US Open Championships. Ramesh’s best moments on a tennis court came while representing India in Davis Cup, reaching the final in 1987, semi-final in 1993 and quarterfinal in 1985. He also reached the quarter final in the doubles event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Since retiring in 1993, Ramesh started the Krishnan Tennis Centre to nurture promising players. During this time, he served as the non-playing captain of the Indian Davis Cup Team for a few years. The Government of India has honoured him with the Arjuna Award (1981) and the Padma Shri (1998) in recognition of his achievements and contributions to Indian tennis.