Indian tennis legend and former Davis Cup coach Akhtar Ali passes away

Indian tennis legend and former Davis Cup coach Akhtar Ali passes away

Akhtar, the daddy of India’s present Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali, was 83 and breathed his final in Kolkata.

Indian tennis legend and former Davis Cup coach Akhtar Ali passes away

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Kolkata: Akhtar Ali, a former Davis Cup coach and a legendary determine in Indian tennis, died on Sunday as a result of a number of well being points, together with lately detected prostate most cancers.

Akhtar, the daddy of India’s present Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali, was 83 and breathed his final in Kolkata.

Akhtar, whose teaching model emphasised taking part in aggressive serve and volley sport, formed many careers, together with that of the legendary Leander Paes other than his personal son Zeeshan. His teaching additionally influenced Vijay Amritraj and Ramesh Krishnan.

Based on household sources, he was taken to a metropolis hospital two weeks in the past the place medical doctors observed a lump in his chest and likewise prostate most cancers. He was already affected by dementia and parkinson’s illness.

Medical doctors suggested towards any most cancers therapies due to his frail situation.

Zeeshan, conducting a junior nationwide camp on the DLTA right here, had returned to the nationwide capital on Monday after spending a while along with his father however has headed again to Kolkata after listening to the information of his demise.

“Akhtar Ali was terrific as a coach each once I was a junior in addition to coach of our India Davis Cup group. All the time pushed onerous n stored the group relaxed. He did nice service to Indian Tennis. RIP expensive Aktar. Honest condolences to Zeeshan n his beautiful household,” the legendary Vijay Amritraj tweeted.

Akhtar performed eight Davis Cup ties between 1958 and 1964 and likewise captained and coached the Indian group.

Former Davis Cupper Somdev Devvarman recalled him as a passionate taskmaster. “One of many first instances I threw up throughout apply was with Akhtar sir on the South membership in the summertime of 1999. He at all times gave it his greatest and taught us to do the identical. RIP Akhtar Ali, legend of Indian tennis,” he tweeted.

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