"It was somewhat of a life-changing moment. I’m not going to sit here and say it’s not because it was. I tried to win one of these for a long time."

World No. 9 Rajeev Ram joins the show this week to talk doubles, Indiana and Pete Sampras.


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As the reigning Australian Open men’s doubles champion, Ram shares what it was like to win the crown with Joe Salisbury, what he looks for in a doubles partner and how he ended up teaming up with Venus Williams in Rio. The former singles world No. 56 stopped playing singles in 2017 after winning two titles (both in Newport) and now focuses solely on doubles.

The 36-year-old sounds off on solutions to doubles always being in the shadow of singles, while opining on ways the game might stand to change in the future. The Indiana native also looks back at his humble beginnings in Carmel as reasons why his game is modeled closely after Pete Sampras, and also why he’s so invested in helping young players with his charity EntouRaj for Kids.

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