After what many felt was an odd omission, especially given his victory in Newport this past weekend, the Indianapolis Tennis Championships have finally granted local champ Rajeev Ram the final wild card of the tournament. Ram won an ATP World Tour title when he defeated No. 3 seed Sam Querrey 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Sunday and then went on to also win the doubles title alongside Australian Jordan Kerr.
"We are excited that we could offer a wild card to one of Indiana's own," said Indianapolis Tennis Championships Tournament Director Kevin Martin. "We have been watching Rajiv's progress over the years and were thrilled for him when he won his first career singles title and second career doubles title in Newport last week."
Previously ranked 181 on the ATP World Tour, the 25-year old Carmel Grad is the lowest ranked palyer to win an ATP title so far this season; the victory also raised him to a career-high 108 in the rankings.
Ram will join previously announced commitments Andy Roddick, Sam Querrey, Taylor Dent, Dmitry Tursunov, Marcos Baghdatis, and Arnaud Clement at this year's Indianapolis Tennis Championships held July 18-26 at the Indianapolis Tennis Center on the campus of IUPUI.
For more on this year's Indianapolis Tennis Championships see the preview by NUVO's Andrew Roberts here: http://www.nuvo.net/sports/article/indianapolis-tennis-championships