Davis Cup Commitment award for four tennis icons
Bangalore: Four Indian tennis icons will be presented with Davis Cup Commitment awards instituted by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) as a part of the centenary celebrations at KSLTA on April 6.
"Four Indian tennis icons -- Ramanathan Krishnan, Ramesh Krishnan, Anand Amritraj and Mahesh Bhupathi -- will be honoured with the Davis Cup Commitment awards by former union minister and AITA lifetime president, Yashwant Sinha on April 6," Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association secretary CS Sundar Raju told reporters.
The criteria for selection for the awards was -- a player should have competed in a minimum of 20 home or away Davis Cup ties, said Raju.
The 76-year-old Ramanathan Krishnan had a 23-year-long career in Davis Cup from 1953, during which he competed in 44 ties for an overall win-loss record of 69-28, including 50-19 in singles.
Ramesh was a stalwart of India's Davis Cup team from 1977 to 1993, compiling a 29-21 winning record (23-19 in singles and 6-2 in doubles). He was a key member of the Indian team, which reached the Davis Cup final in 1987.
In the semifinals against Australia, he beat John Fitzgerald in four sets in the opening singles match, and then defeated Wally Masur in straight sets -- the decisive fifth rubber -- to give India a 3-2 victory.
However, in the final against Sweden, India were defeated 5-0 with Krishnan losing two singles matches to Mats Wilander and Anders Jarryd.
Bhupathi has played 46 matches for India in the Davis Cup (from 1995 to 2006), winning 28 and losing 18. Out of the 28 matches that he won, 20 of his victories came in doubles matches.
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 Indian Government decided to boycott the match in protest against South Africa's Apartheid policies.
On KSTLA hosting the Davis Cup, Raju said the tournament is back to Bangalore as many players preferred grass courts.
"I hope we would not have to wait for another 20-odd years to witness the next Davis Cup tie here. I hope it will come back in next couple of years," he said.
Raju also said that KSLTA has allotted 1000 seats out of the total 3000 seats for corporates to enjoy the sport.
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