Reigning Australian Open champion Rajeev Ram has signed up to be the volunteer assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley for the upcoming season.
Rajeev Ram to get into coaching at the University of California, Berkeley
Currently ranked No.
9 in the world doubles rankings, Rajeev Ram says he will continue playing on the professional circuit and will work his coaching duties around his professional tennis commitments. Speaking to the ATP Tour website, "With the NCAA rules, it’s very difficult to practise with the team unless you’re a member of it in some way.
College coaching is something I’ve thought about after I’m done playing. I thought I could learn a bit about how it all works and [head coach] Peter Wright is a phenomenal person to learn from. I think I could be good at it and it’ll be a fun experience to figure out.
It could help me in a lot of ways as much as it may help them. One of the requirements to be a head college coach is to have that degree, so that was a big motivation in case this ends up being something that I want to pursue.
I was able to finish my degree while I was still playing and enjoyed being able to focus on something else”. Ram says he hopes the current pandemic has teaches everyone to be nicer to one another when the tennis circuit returns.
"I'm hoping everyone can be more considerate and nicer to one another. There are people at these tournaments every week who try their absolute best to make us have a good experience, so hopefully we can all be more appreciative of things like that”.
Rajeev Ram won the 2019 Australian Open mixed doubles with Barbora Krejčíková and the 2020 Australian Open men's doubles with Joe Salisbury. He also won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the mixed doubles event and has won two ATP singles titles at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in 2009 and in 2015.
Ram has won 19 ATP doubles titles in his career. His best career ranking in doubles was No. 5 in February this year and No. 56 in singles in April 2016.