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Devvarman Presented With Arjuna Award

Somdev Devvarman

Devvarman© Getty ImagesSomdev Devvarman won the singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

World No. 70 Somdev Devvarman was recognised for his national tennis successes on Tuesday as he was presented with the Arjuna Award by Indian sports minister Ajay Maken. Instituted in 1961, the Government-administered Arjuna Awards recognise outstanding achievement in national sports.

Last year saw Indian No. 1 Devvarman win singles gold medals for India at both the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. He also teamed with Sanam Singh to win gold in the men’s doubles at the Asian Games.

The 26-year-old Devvarman, one of 19 recipients of the prestigious awards in 2011, is the first tennis player to be honoured since WTA star Sania Mirza in 2004. Mahesh Bhupathi (1995) and Leander Paes (1990) have both previously received the award. Devvarman was unable to attend the official ceremony hosted by President Pratibha Patil on 29 August as he was competing at the US Open.

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