Great stuff from The Tennis Island on the recent action on grass in Newport
The longest of shots at the start of the week, Rajeev Ram was the last man standing in Newport. Unseeded and ranked No. 161, the American won his second career — and second Newport — title at the 2015 Tennis Hall of Fame Championships, defeating the No. 2 seed Ivo Karlovic who is ranked 24 in the world.
“I don’t know if I expected more of myself,” Ram began, comparing this win with the one in 2009 from Newport. “This is a different feeling. That was elation. This feels more satisfying.”
Ram, who upset top-seeded John Isner in the first round — became the lowest ranked finalist on the ATP World Tour this year, and became the first man ranked outside the top 100 to win a title in 2015. Interestingly, Ram won in 2009 as a lucky loser ranked No. 181, and additionally, it’s only his second career singles title in his 11-year professional…
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