Indian-American tennis player Samir Banerjee created history at Wimbledon on Sunday. He won the boys’ singles title at Wimbledon by defeating compatriot Viktor Lilov in straight sets in the final. The 17-year-old, playing his second Junior Grand Slam, won 7-5, 6-3 in the final that lasted one hour and 22 minutes.
Banerjee’s parents were from India but in the 1980s, they moved to the US and settled there. Earlier this year, Sameer could not do anything special in the Junior French Open and had to make a first-round exit. But after that, he did not give up and returned after winning the boys junior title at Wimbledon.
Yuki Bhambri was the last Indian to win the junior singles title. He won the Australian Open in 2009. Sumit Nagal won the Wimbledon boys’ doubles title in 2015 with Lee Hoang of Vietnam. Ramanathan Krishnan was the first Indian to win the Junior Grand Slam winning the 1954 Junior Wimbledon Championships.
His son Ramesh Krishnan won the 1970 Junior Wimbledon and Junior French Open titles. Leander Paes won the 1990 Junior Wimbledon and Junior US Open. Paes was also the runner-up in the junior Australian Open.