We have done these types of profile articles for a lot of cricket players but now it is time to do one for one of the oldest and most prominent Indian tennis personalities ever and who inspired a lot of young tennis players in India to pick up the racket. Although he was not able to win a singles Grand Slam his impact on the game is much bigger. I was not fortunate to watch him live but hearing his commentary in tennis matches makes me realize how much knowledge he has.
Without talking anything more let’s get into the profile stats and achievements of this great man and let’s celebrate him. So here goes.
Vijay Amritraj was born on 14th December 1963 in then Madras which is now Chennai and is In the State of Tamil Nadu. Since he was a young boy he wanted to play tennis but there was no other young Indian tennis player so he had to work very hard to get his place among the elite performers in sport and in tennis as well. He had a great height of 6 ft 4 inches which allowed him to get on top of the ball and hit the forehead and the backhand. He turned pro in 1970 when he was just 7 years old and he retired in 1993 agree 23 years in tennis.
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International Information- Singles
His Singles career record is impressive with 399 wins and 308 losses which gives him a win % of more than 50 which is ideal for a player who is not ranked in the Top 20 or so. He has won 15 singles career titles and his highest ranking was an astounding number 18 on 7th July 1980 and this was a proud moment not only for him but for India as well. His best results in the 4 Grand Slams are 2nd round in the 1984 Australian Open, 3rz round in the 1974 French Open and he reached the Quarter final twice in both Wimbledon and US Open in 1973 and 1981 at Wimbledon and 1973 and 1974 at the US Open.
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International Information – Doubles
His Doubles career Record is 264 wins and 218 losses which again gives him a win % of more than 50%. He has won 14 Doubles Grand Slam titles in his career and his highest ranking in Doubles is 23 on 24th March 1980. He only played 2 Grand Slams as a doubles career and they were the Semi final of the 1976 Wimbledon and the Quarter final of the 1973 and 1976 US Open. He also reached the final of the Davis Cup twice in 1974 and 1987.
Quarter Final in singles and Semi final in Doubles
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