Vijay is still India’s most successful tennis player. He was a natural grass-court player with a chip-and-charge and serve-and-volley style and Wimbledon and Davis Cup mattered the most to Vijay where he excelled. He held his own against the best with 5 career wins over Jimmy Connors and a win against John McEnroe at the peak of Mac’s powers in 1984. He was dubbed the “The Madras Monsoon” by Bud Collins because he was ‘The hottest thing to come out of India since curry.’”
Among the first Indians to break onto the professional tennis scene, Vijay Amritraj continues to help communities throughout India. The Vijay Amritraj Foundation supports numerous charities and seeks to address social problems. Among his initiatives are rescuing children sold into prostitution and providing healthcare, education and care to desolate families.
His son Prakash Amritraj is showing lots of promise and along with Somdev Devvarman, is giving India some new hope in singles.
What are they doing now?: Still playing and a UN Messenger of Peace
Career titles: 16
Win/Loss Record: 391–304
Career High Ranking: 16 (1980)
Famous for: His scene in the James Bond movie ‘Octopussy’
Finest moment: Winning Newport for the second time in his career
Watch: Vijay’s acting chops in Octopussy