Tennis Great Naresh Kumar Passes Away

  • 15 Sep 2022

Naresh Kumar, the former tennis player who had reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in 1955, has passed away on 14th September 2022.

  • In Davis Cup, he represented India for eight consecutive years and later went on to become the captain.
  • He made it to the singles main draw at Wimbledon for nine consecutive years with his best coming in 1955 when he reached the pre-quarterfinals.
  • He also reached the third round of the French Open in 1958.
  • He did well in the doubles, reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 1953, 1955 and 1958.
  • Kumar was the only tennis coach to have been awarded the Dronacharya Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
  • A recipient of Arjuna Award, Naresh Kumar became the first tennis coach to receive Dronacharya Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
  • He was also the second lawn tennis player, after Ramanathan Krishnan, to win the Arjuna Award, in 1962.