The 33-year-old American will now focus solely on doubles. (AP)

It is only fitting that Rajeev Ram played the last singles match of his career in Newport, where he won his only two career tour-level singles titles.

Ram officially announced on Monday that his 6-1, 6-4 loss against Matthew Ebden in the first round of the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open last week was his final singles match, citing a desire to extend his doubles career.

 

Hi everyone. First, I want to say thank you for all the support and encouragement you have given me in all the years I have played this wonderful game. Because of that, I feel it's only right to formally announce that, in Newport, I played my last singles match on the ATP World Tour. I did not make this decision lightly. In the end, after considering the fact of how much toll it takes to play both singles and doubles, and also that I want to further my doubles career for many years to come, it seems like the obvious choice. I especially want to thank Todd Martin and the entire staff at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open for allowing me to play singles once more at a place where I have so many great memories as a player. I gave everything I had to my singles career for as long as I can remember, and I am very proud of that. To be able to win two titles on tour and compete in all four major events multiple times are memories that will last forever for me. Even though this chapter is ending, I am very excited to see what the future holds for me as a doubles player on tour and look forward to the amazing support I have been lucky to receive thus far. Finally, I want to thank those people who have been with me through thick and thin at different stages of my tennis life. You know who you are and you know how much I appreciate you.  Again, my deepest gratitude to all who have supported me and I hope to see you soon on tour around the world. Rajeev​​

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“I want to say thank you for all the support and encouragement you have given me in all the years I have played this wonderful game,” Ram wrote. “I did not make this decision lightly. In the end, after considering the fact of how much toll it takes to play both singles and doubles, and also that I want to further my doubles career for many years to come, it seems like the obvious choice.”

Ram, now ranked No. 237, reached a career-high of No. 56 in singles just last year. He reached the second round of a major five times in 17 tries. But his greatest singles memories take the University of Illinois alumnus back to Newport.

“I especially want to thank Todd Martin and the entire staff at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open for allowing me to play singles once more at a place where I have so many great memories as a player,” said Ram, a wildcard at this year’s event. “To be able to win two titles on tour and compete in all four major events multiple times are memories that will last forever for me.” 

Now, Ram will turn his focus to the doubles court, where he has thrived most during the course of his career. The 33-year-old won a silver medal in Rio alongside Venus Williams, and has reached two semifinals and six quarterfinals in men’s doubles at the Slams. In that discipline, he has won 13 tour-level titles including taking home the trophy last week in Newport.

The veteran sits a career-high of No. 11 in the ATP World Tour doubles rankings. While his singles career appears officially over, the tennis world has not seen the last of Rajeev Ram.

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