Vijay Amritraj, Tennis Player
Vijay Amritraj was one of the Tennis players who took India to greater heights with his notable performances at the Indian and international tennis circuits. He has a brother Anand who paired with him in many a doubles match. They had played together in many Davis cup matches and have been in the wimbledon finals also .
He has seen the better of many Tennis stalwarts of those days like Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Newcombe
Vijay and Tennis career
Vijay Amritraj was born in 14th December 1953 and had got his first significant success when he made it to the two grand slam Men's events, Wimbledon and US open. He even beat Bjorn Borg in the second round at Forest hills only to be placed in the 8th place.
Vijay Amritraj has teamed up with Shashi Menon , Jasjit singh and his brother Anand to take India to the Finals of the daviscup for the second time in 1974 but however India refused to play South africa for racism. Vijay, the same year, again reached Semifinal of the Wimbledon but a spirited Jimmy Connors came from 2 sets behind to win the match. He reached his highest ranking in career as World No. 16 in July, 1980 in the singles matches.
Vijay Amritraj Foundation
Vijay Amirtraj established the Vijay Amritraj Foundation, as an extension to his works to bring hope, provide aid and heal the defenseless and innocent victims of disease, tragedy and difficult circumstance in India. Vijay Amritraj has also been the Peace Messenger of United Nations. At present, world leaders, diplomats, business tycoons and philanthropists are associated with Vijay Amritraj Foundation. The Foundation has been successfully organizing Golf Tournament annually, in Beverly Hills, California.
Other careers of Vijay Amritraj
Vijay Amritraj also had a stint at the movies when he acted with Roger Moore in the James Bond film, Octopussy as Vijay and in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. He has been a successful sports commentator, a judge at the Miss Universe Pageant and has his own multimedia business
Awards and Rewards won by Vijay Amritraj
Vijay Amritraj has been awarded Padma Sri award for sports. Vijay Amritraj is also the recipient of the Key to the City of Los Angeles and the Pierre de Coubertin Awards. Vijay Amritraj has set up the Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy in Chennai, to nurture and train the young and promising tennis playing Children of India.