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Indian tennis legend Akhtar Ali passes away

Date: 09 February 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Former Indian tennis player and coach Akhtar Ali passed away. He was 81
  • Akhtar made his mark in 1955 when he became the National junior champion and reached the junior Wimbledon semifinals.
  • He represented India in eight Davis Cup ties against Pakistan, Malaysia, Iran, Mexico, Japan, and Monaco between 1958 and 1964.
  • Akhtar, who was groomed by former Australian Davis Cup coach Harry Hopman, also played the Wimbledon and French Open. He was winner of the Asian mixed doubles championship.
  • He was National team coach from 1966 to 1993. Under his guidance, the Indian team reached the Davis Cup final in 1966.
  • Akhtar’s coaching influenced many famous players including Vijay Amritraj, Anand Amritraj, Ramesh Krishnan, Enrico Piperno, Leander Paes, and Somdev Devvarman. He was also advisor to Sania Mirza.