Former Davis Cup captain as well as Leander Paes’ coach Naresh Kumar dies at 93
Naresh Kumar, that notoriously mentored a young Leander Paes as India’s Davis Cup captain, has actually died.
He was 93. He is made it through by his spouse Sunita, boy Arjun, as well as 2 little girls– Gita as well asPreah
“He was struggling with age-related problems considering that recently. I was informed that his possibility of survival was not great. I’ve shed an excellent coach,” Jaidip Mukerjea, who made his Davis Cup debut under Kumar’s captaincy, told PTI.
Born on December 22, 1928, in Lahore in undivided India, Kumar began his journey with tennis at the Asian Championships in 1949 before ruling Indian tennis along with Ramanathan Krishnan for close to a decade in the 1950s.
His Davis Cup journey started in 1952 and went on to captain the side.Three years later his biggest career high came when he made the fourth round of Wimbledon in 1955 before losing to the eventual champion and American No. 1 Tony Trabert.
As an amateur, Naresh Kumar has played a record number of 101 Wimbledon matches.
He won five singles titles in his career — Irish Championships (1952 and 1953), Welsh Championships (1952), Essex Championships at Frinton-on-Sea (1957) and his title at the Wengen tournament in Switzerland the next year.
He played his final tournament at the Asian Championships in 1969.
In 1990, Kumar as a non-playing Indian captain played a key role in including a 16-year-old Leander Paes in the Davis Cup team in their match against Japan and the rest, as they say, is history.
Naresh Kumar, clad in white trousers and T-shirts, was a calming influence during some great Davis Cup years.
An emotional Kumar ambling towards Leander Paes to hug him after his iconic fifth rubber win against France in the Davis Cup quarter-final in Frejus (France) while Atul Premanarayan calling the moment for Doordarshan, would remain a fond memory for all tennis lovers.
A recipient of the Arjuna Award, Naresh Kumar became the first tennis coach to receive Dronacharya Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
“The best teachers teach from the heart and not from the book Sir Naresh Kumar was my first Davis Cup captain and his wisdom has been the beacon of light in my journey,” Paes had actually claimed after his ‘Uncle Naresh’ obtained theDronacharya