Purav Raja and Divij Sharan focused on joining the Indian Customs elite by winning their first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.
Raja Sharan and ended his long wait for a first win at the All England Club, when Kyle Edmund and Joao Sousa 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6) were defeated in a A tense first round match over three hours.
India experienced a rich double success with Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi won the men’s doubles crown at Wimbledon in 1999.
Rohan Bopanna is a mixed Grand Slam champion, while Sania Mirza won a lot of great titles in women’s and mixed doubles.
“Leander [Paes] Rohan [Bopanna] Mahesh [Bhupathi] and Sania [Mirza], all watch. In the doubles world, unless a hit is made, we’re not competing with these guys,” said Raja.
“We have a lot to do and we have a long way to go until we are in their class.” I would like to have a Wimbledon Grand Slam anywhere, but it is great. “England is a second home to the Indians.
“We have a lot of support from the crowd and we feel right at home. Wimbledon is great in India and has the feeling that’s special to us.”
After a strong year so far, including a title in Bordeaux and an appearance in the past 16 at the French Open, Raja Sharan and hopefully his breakthrough at the All England Club.
Asked if they could win the title, Sharan said: “This is what we have worked for.
“Wimbledon is a mecca for tennis.Everyone knows Wimbledon.It is very good to go back here.This is obviously great.
“Grass is our favorite surface. We are very happy to be here and play as we are.”
“We are preparing a lot of play under pressure and I think our farm system is under pressure. We have demonstrated once again,” Raja
“We have lost some automatic heartbeats here before.Good to go.We believe in our system and ourselves.We hope we can play our best tennis as and as the tournament goes further.
Like many players on Wednesday, the duo was mutilated by an invasion of flying ants in their game, but they managed to stay focused despite distractions.
“We started with a lot more, but it calmed much later. I do not know if a pesticide is sprayed,” said Raja.
“It was strange, but it was such a hot day, we are in India, used to some strange things to come.”
In the past, Raja and Sharan have criticized their lack of fame in India, but now they insist that they are willing to remain in the shadows until they praise a great victory.
The 31-year-old had to dig deep to see Edmund and Sousa, with the inflection point in their cool ice play in two playoffs.
“We do not play tennis with respect. We play for ourselves and do the best for our country,” said Raja.
“If something happens, it’s very good. We feel we deserve what we have.
“At the same time, we are not superstars in India. We really do not expect to be.
“We want the racket to appear to be, rather than advertising and the media. If our results are good enough, I’m sure everything will work.”
Then for the aspirants from India, there is a meeting with the seventh head of Raven Klaasen and Ram Rajeev for a place in the last-16.
“We know Raven and Rajeev very well. It will be a very tough game. We will use our day off and go back to work,” said Raja.