Indian tennis giant, former Davis Cup coach Akhtar Ali has died on Sunday. He is 83 years old. He served as the captain and coach of the Indian team.
tennis legend akhtar ali: Indian tennis giant, former Davis Cup coach Akhtar Ali has died on Sunday. He is 83 years old. Family members said that he had been ill for some time and passed away in Kolkata on Sunday. Akhtar Ali died on Sunday of several health problems, including prostate cancer.
He is the son of current Indian Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali. Akhtar Ali represented India in eight Davis Cup matches from 1958 to 1964. Served as captain and coach of the Indian team. He has played with the likes of Ramanathan Krishnan, Naresh Kumar and Jaideep Mukherjee. He has been instrumental in coaching the Indian tennis team. He coached the Indian team from 1996 to 1993. He also coached Malaysia and Belgium.
Ali has excelled in coaching, serving aggressively and playing the volleyball game, and has led many careers, including his own son Zeeshan and the legendary Leander Paes. Ali coached Vijay Amritraj and Ramesh Krishnan.
According to family members, Ali was rushed to a private hospital in Kolkata two weeks ago. There doctors noticed he had prostate cancer in his chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene on Sunday. On his deathbed
“Akhtar Ali was a great coach when I was a junior and our India Davis Cup coach. Always pushing hard relaxed the team. He did a great service to Indian tennis. RIP Dear Akhtar. Zeeshan N is a heartfelt condolence to his lovely family, ”tweeted legendary Vijay Amritraj.
True tennis legend Akhtar Ali is sad to hear the news of his death. ‘Akhtar Sir’ coached many of the Indian tennis champions. We presented him with the highest Bengal Sports Award in 2015. It is my good fortune to always receive his spiritual admiration. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted her deepest condolences to his family.
Saddened to hear about the passing of Akhtar Ali, a true tennis legend. ‘Akhtar Sir’ coached many of India’s tennis champions. We conferred Bengal’s highest sporting award on him in 2015. I was fortunate to always receive his warm affection. Condolences to his family and admirers
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) February 7, 2021