Indian tennis legend Akhtar Ali passes away

India Tennis legend Akhtar Ali passed away on Sunday due to multiple health issues. He was 83.

He breathed his last in Kolkata.

A former Davis Cup coach is survived by his son, well known tennis player Zeeshan Ali and two daughters.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the demise of Akhtar Ali.

“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 tweeted.

The legendary Vijay Amritraj in a tweet said, “Aktar Ali was terrific as a coach both when I was a junior as well as coach of our India Davis Cup team. Always pushed hard n kept the team relaxed. He did great service to Indian Tennis. RIP dear Aktar. Sincere condolences to Zeeshan n his lovely family.”