Skip to content

Up Your Drinkware Game!

Free Personalization

Use Code: EXTRA10 on orders above ₹1800

    The Legend of Ramanathan Krishnan- First Indian to win a junior's Wimbledon title

    Ramanathan Krishnan became the first Indian to be in the semi-final of the 1960 Wimbledon Tournament - The Journey of a legend.

    Headway Headway

    The Legend of Ramanathan Krishnan- First Indian to win a junior's Wimbledon title

    It has been 68 years, but the memory of Ramanathan Krishnan, then a 17-year-old young boy from Madras, winning the men's singles Junior Wimbledon title has not gathered much dust in the memory of sports lovers. Fondly called the 'King of Indian Tennis' and 'Eastern Magic,' Krishnan remains the only Indian to reach the last four in the singles category in any Grand Slam Title. Krishnan became National Champion at the age of just 16 in 1953.

    He reached the semi-final of the 1960 Wimbledon Tournament before bowing out after a defeat at the hands of Neale Fraser. At the zenith of his sporting career, Krishnan was ranked No. 3 in the world rankings. Since then, the only Indian that could get any close to him was Vijay Amritraj, who got as high as No. 18 in 1980.


    Unable to win the Wimbledon men's title, but his records are still unbroken

    Krishnan was at the peak of his career when he participated in the 1960 Wimbledon. He was the seventh seed and cruised to the semi-finals. In the round, he was defeated by Neale Fraser. Fraser later went on to win the tournament. Due to his performance, he was the fifth seed in the 1961 Wimbledon tournament. He again reached the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, Australian great Rod Laver defeated Krishnan. However, Krishnan's performance caught the world's attention.

    A Player With Many Feathers In His Cap

    His achievements were unprecedented for an Indian, and the newly independent country had a star to look up to. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1961 and then the Padma Shri in 1962.

    No Indian tennis player has since then reached the semi-final of any Grand Slam title in any singles tournament. Also, he won 50 matches in the Davis Cup. This record, too, remains intact. In total, he won the All-India Championships a record six times and reached the finals eight times.

    No mean feat

    But it was not only Wimbledon where he performed well. He was regularly featured in the Davis Cup for India. Between 1955 and 1968, he took the team to finals six times. His performance in the 1966 Davis Cup finals is still considered to be the best performance by any Indian player till now.

    US President George H. W. Bush's Famous Congratulatory Hug

    Krishnan won the 1963 Antwerp International Championships tournament on red clay, defeating Nicola Pietrangeli in the finals. He then won the 1965 River Oaks International Tennis Tournament in Houston, Texas. The win was remarkable because he was reportedly given a hug of congratulations by future US President George H. W. Bush after the victory.

    Later in 1967, Krishnan won the Antwerp International Championships on red clay for the second time beating Roy Emerson in the final. In the same year, Krishnan was awarded the Padma Bhushan.

    Headway Headway

    His Unending Love For Tennis

    After his retirement, he continues to be a mentor to young players at his training center in Chennai.

    People Who Followed His Footprints

    Indian tennis has greatly evolved since then. With technological advancement and better training routines, the game has changed both in scale and tempo. India has also seen several stars since then, Sania Mirza, Leander Paes, and Rohan Bopanna, to name a few. But Krishnan remains, arguably, the best Tennis player India has produced.

    Shipping Info

    • Orders will be shipped within 1-3 days of orders being made. Please allow 4-5 business days for delivery, after the order is shipped.
    • Personalised products may take longer to ship.
    • Shipping may take longer due to unforseen circumstances

    Warranty Information

    We offer 1 year warranty on all the products.

    • Your item will be covered under one year manufacturer warranty for manufacturing defects and are eligible for a return or replacement as per the policies (purchase proof or registration will be required for the claim).
    • For warranty-related questions mail us at
    • Your warranty does not cover regular wear and tear, such as colour fading, dents from usage, scratches, powder coat chips from the flask being dropped, damaged, etc.
    • For extended warranty and more, kindly check Good Living Membership
    • Please note: The brand reserves the right to decide if the product is replaced or refunded.

    Good Living Membership

    There’s always more on the Good Living side

    • Get an extra 1 year warranty on the standard warranty offer
    • Get an extra 5% Off on every order you make.
    • Earn & collect points on every order and redeem it on your next purchase
    • Sign up and get these exclusive deals