Birthday Special: Divij Sharan recollects on a season of sparse success
Birthday Special: Divij Sharan recollects on a season of sparse success

Divij Sharan, born 2 March 1986,  is an Indian prominent tennis player who specializes in doubles and competes on the ATP World Tour. He has won 5 ATP World Tour titles in men's doubles and represents India in the Davis Cup. He won a gold medal in the men's doubles at the 2018 Asian Games. 

Sharan was one of the early comers to venture out to gather prey, post lockdown. By competing in tournaments in UK, and later in a Challenger in Prague in August, he was well prepared to salvage whatever was left in the tennis season.

However, the best preparations did not bring matching results, as Divij struggled to win matches on the Tour. Reaching the final of the Challenger in Prostejov with Sriram Balaji was his best fare in four months, even though he did manage to win the odd ones in the ATP Tour.

Divij was happy for his better half Samantha as she won the doubles title in a USD 80,000 event in France, and managed to compete in Roland Garros. “She didn’t get to play many tournaments. With [qualifiers] in Roland Garros, she has played all four Grand Slams. She is training for next season now. With all the quarantine, travel restrictions and lockdowns, she couldn’t travel to India at the moment. She came for my tournament in Cologne, and I went to see her for a week before returning home,” said Divij.

Sharan continued to impress at Challenger events. He reached 5 finals and won a title at the Kyoto Challenger. This was his first title with his most successful partner Purav Raja. The pair played together throughout the year and they found their biggest success by winning their first ATP World Tour title at the 2013 Claro Open in Bogota, Colombia.

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