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Anand Amritraj (Tamil: ஆனந்த் அம்ரித்ராஜ்; born 20 March 1951) is a former Indian tennis player and businessman.[1][2][3]

Anand Amritraj
Born (1951-03-20) 20 March 1951 (age 68)
Madras, India
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Retiredyes
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$332,133
Singles
Career record90–170
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 74 (6 November 1974)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open1R (1973, 1974, 1976, 1979)
Wimbledon2R (1973, 1977, 1978)
US Open3R (1974)
Doubles
Career record288–269
Career titles12
Highest rankingNo. 80 (2 January 1984)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1984)
French Open3R (1979)
WimbledonSF (1976)
US OpenQF (1973, 1976)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (1974, 1987)

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CareerEdit

Anand Amritraj and his younger brothers, Vijay and Ashok, were among the first Indians to play in top-flight international tour tennis. In 1976, Anand and Vijay were semifinalists in the Wimbledon men's doubles. Anand was part of the Indian team for 1974 Davis Cup, which advanced to the finals of the tournament and then forfeited the championship to South Africa as the Government of India decided to boycott the match in protest South Africa's Apartheid policies,[4] and again reached the final in 1987 against Sweden.

His son Stephen Amritraj is also an American former professional tennis player who represented India. He did schooling from Don Bosco and graduated from Loyola College in Madras.[5]

 
Vijay and Anand Amritraj warm up at 2000 Wimbledon Sr Invitation Doubles Finals in the Centre Court

StatisticsEdit

 
Anand and Vijay Amritraj 2000 Wimbledon Sr Invitation Doubles Finals

Doubles: 30 (12–18)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 21 October 1973 New Delhi, India   Vijay Amritraj   Jim McManus
  Raúl Ramírez
2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 19 November 1973 Christchurch, New Zealand   Fred McNair   Jürgen Fassbender
  Jeff Simpson
w/o
Winner 2. 16 November 1974 Bombay, India Clay   Vijay Amritraj   Dick Crealy
  Onny Parun
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 2. 19 August 1974 South Orange, New Jersey, USA Hard   Vijay Amritraj   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–7, 7–6, 6–7
Winner 3. 19 August 1974 Columbus, Ohio, USA Hard   Vijay Amritraj   Tom Gorman
  Robert Lutz
Runner-up 3. 10 February 1975 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Carpet (i)   Vijay Amritraj   Dick Stockton
  Erik Van Dillen
4–6, 5–7, 1–6
Runner-up 4. 10 March 1975 Washington DC, USA Carpet (i)   Vijay Amritraj   Mike Estep
  Russell Simpson
6–75, 3–6
Winner 4. 24 March 1975 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Carpet (i)   Vijay Amritraj   Mark Cox
  Cliff Drysdale
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 5 August 1975 Louisville, Kentucky, USA Clay   Vijay Amritraj   Wojtek Fibak
  Guillermo Vilas
Winner 5. 15 September 1975 Los Angeles, California, USA Hard   Vijay Amritraj   Cliff Drysdale
  Marty Riessen
7–6, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 17 November 1975 Calcutta, India Clay   Vijay Amritraj   Juan Gisbert
  Manuel Orantes
6–1, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 6. 9 March 1976 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Carpet (i)   Vijay Amritraj   Roscoe Tanner
  Marty Riessen
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 7 November 1976 Hong Kong Hard   Ilie Năstase   Hank Pfister
  Butch Walts
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 15 November 1976 Manila, Philippines Hard   Corrado Barazzutti   Ross Case
  Geoff Masters
0–6, 1–6
Winner 7. 13 June 1977 Queen's Club, London, England Grass   Vijay Amritraj   David Lloyd
  John Lloyd
6–1, 6–2
Winner 8. 25 September 1978 Mexico City, Mexico Clay   Vijay Amritraj   Fred McNair
  Raúl Ramírez
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 9. 15 January 1979 Baltimore, Maryland, USA Carpet (i)   Cliff Drysdale   Marty Riessen
  Sherwood Stewart
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 19 March 1979 San Jose, Costa Rica Hard   Colin Dibley   Ion Țiriac
  Guillermo Vilas
4–6, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 11. 9 April 1979 Cairo, Egypt Clay   Vijay Amritraj   Peter McNamara
  Paul McNamee
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 12. 13 August 1979 Stowe, Vermont, USA Hard   Colin Dibley   Mike Cahill
  Steve Krulevitz
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 10 March 1980 San Jose, Costa Rica Hard   Nick Saviano   Jaime Fillol
  Alvaro Fillol
2–6, 6–7
Runner-up 14. 14 Apr 1980 Los Angeles, California, USA Hard   John Austin   Brian Teacher
  Butch Walts
2–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 28 Apr 1980 São Paulo, Brazil Carpet (i)   Fritz Buehning   David Carter
  Chris Lewis
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 15. 8 August 1980 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Hard   John Austin   Tom Gullikson
  Butch Walts
7–6, 6–7, 5–7
Runner-up 16. 6 April 1981 Houston, Texas, USA Clay   Fred McNair   Mark Edmondson
  Sherwood Stewart
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 17. 3 August 1981 Columbus, Ohio, USA Hard   Vijay Amritraj   Bruce Manson
  Brian Teacher
1–6, 1–6
Winner 10. 1 November 1982 Baltimore, Maryland, USA Carpet (i)   Tony Giammalva   Vijay Amritraj
  Fred Stolle
7–5, 6–2
Winner 11. 30 November 1982 Chicago, Illinois, USA Carpet (i)   Vijay Amritraj   Mike Cahill
  Bruce Manson
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 18. 21 February 1983 Delray Beach, Florida, USA Clay   Johan Kriek   Pavel Složil
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–7, 4–6
Winner 12. 11 July 1983 Stuttgart, Germany Clay   Mike Bauer   Pavel Složil
  Tomáš Šmíd
4–6, 6–3, 6–2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Padmanaban, Geeta (13 May 2003). "Advantage! Amritraj". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  2. ^ Seminara, Dave (28 November 2009). "The Year the Davis Cup Felt Empty". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  3. ^ Keerthivasan, K (1 January 2003). "Anand – the genial Indian". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  4. ^ "1976 Wimbledon men doubles". Archived from the original on 3 July 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Hollywood's Chennaiite: Ashok Amritraj talks about his love for Hollywood and Tennis". New Indian Express. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2018.

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