Akhtar Ali performed eight Davis Cup ties between 1958 and 1964.© Twitter
Akhtar Ali, a former Davis Cup coach and a legendary determine in Indian tennis, died on Sunday resulting from a number of well being points, together with just lately detected prostate most cancers. Akhtar, father of India’s current Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali, was 83 and breathed his final in Kolkata. Akhtar, whose teaching fashion emphasised on enjoying aggressive serve and volley recreation, 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 docs seen a lump in his chest and likewise prostate most cancers. He was already affected by dementia and parkinson’s illness.
Medical doctors suggested in opposition to 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 crew. At all times pushed arduous n saved the crew relaxed. He did nice service to Indian Tennis. RIP pricey 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 crew.
Former Davis Cupper Somdev Devvarman recalled him as a passionate taskmaster.
“One of many first instances I threw up throughout follow was with Akhtar sir on the South membership in the summertime of 1999. He at all times gave it his finest and taught us to do the identical. RIP Akhtar Ali, legend of Indian tennis,” he tweeted.
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