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Postby PKBasu » Thu Mar 03, 2005 3:16 pm

Vijay says in his autobiography that his elder brother Anand was the more accomplished at everything as they were growing up. Anand was the better student, much the better sportsman...but Vijay turned out to be taller, and eventually became much the better tennis player, and also a more charismatic personality.
But Anand had many great moments as a tennis player. Some of the best were of course at Indian players' happy-hunting ground in Newport, RI. That is where Anand beat John McEnroe in 1977, the week after McEnroe had made the semifinals at Wimbledon as a brash 18-year-old; Anand Amritraj thus has the rare distinction of having a winning career record (1-0) against John McEnroe! It is also where Anand beat Brian Teacher (the 1980 Australian Open champion) in 1981 (when Teacher was a top-10 player; he reached a career-high rank of #7 in October '81). Other important scalps in his career include top-10 player Brian Gottfried, whom he defeated in South Orange, NJ, in 1974 (when both were 22 years old). Anand also had winning career records against the Aussie Davis Cuppers Colin Dibley (2-1) and Bob Giltinan (1-0).
Anand reached a career-high singles ranking of 74 in 1974. But he excelled in doubles (mainly with brother Vijay), winning a total of 12 doubles titles and finishing runner-up 18 times. Perhaps their biggest title was at Queen's Club in 1977. The previous year, Anand and Vijay made the doubles semi-final at Wimbledon, beating 3rd-seeded Frew McMillan and Bob Hewitt (of South Africa) in the first round, and only losing to the top seeds and eventual champions Ramirez/Gottfried. (I recently ran into Frew McMillan's son -- who is a financial journalist, and was thrilled and quite astonished to find I knew a good deal about his dad...!). That match, incidentally, was like a delayed version of one tie from the (never-played) 1974 Davis Cup final...Talking of which, Anand of course has the distinction of being a playing member of two Davis Cup teams (1974 and 1987) that made the finals of that premier team event.

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Postby jaydeep » Fri Mar 04, 2005 12:12 pm

Very unknown facts about Anand ... I was considering him only great player in Doubles ... Didn't knowing his accomplishment in Singles ... Again thanks PKB for taking us to ride in the past of Indian tennis.

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Postby Rajiv » Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:55 pm

pkb you missed a vital point , anand was a very good badminton player too and lost the junior nationals finals to partho ganguly.
so was badminton's loss tennis's gain or vice versa i feel the former.

yes he was a very good singles player ,qualities very much evident at the dc match in delhi which i saw , as a 35 yrs old playing live rubber against the hottest player on circuit at that time henri leconte , he lost in 4 sets and had ample chances to take it to decider. and a year before along with sashi and nandan won the asia cup for india beating our nemisis the koreans , won all his singles matches .
and to add to the list of notable singles victory was in new port if i am correct against big serving american john sadri( an armenian iranian like agassi)

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Postby PKBasu » Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:03 pm

Thanks for that reminder, Rajiv. The opposite happened to Nandu Natekar, of course. He lost in the final of the junior national tennis championship to Ramanathan Krishnan, and decided to concentrate on badminton instead. Of course Nandu went one better than Krish in his chosen sport! Natekar made the All-England final in badminton, while Krish twice made the SF at the All England Lawn Tennis (& Croquet) Club.

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Postby PKBasu » Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:59 am

I should perhaps have mentioned Anand's most memorable singles victory in the Davis Cup. This came in the 1974 inter-zonal Semi-final against the USSR. India were ahead 2-1, but Anand's match against Teimuraz Kakulia was probably going to be decisive -- as the final match between Vijay and the previous year's Wimbledon runner-up and then world #9 Alex Metreveli was likely to be a very close-run thing. Anand came through in style, beating Kakoulia in five sets (6-3 in the fifth). And lest you think Kakoulia was an easy opponent, he had beaten Ion Tiriac (future coach of Boris Becker, Ivanisevic, etc) of Romania and Balacz Taroczy of Hungary the previous year in Davis Cup matches, and was a regular in the second or third round of the Slams in those years (he made R2 at Wimbledon, the USO and the FO in 1974, losing to Ashe at Wimbledon and Newcombe at the USO).

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Postby PKBasu » Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:03 am

Perhaps Anand's best win in a Slam was at the US Open in 1974, where he beat 10th-seeded Manuel Orantes of Spain in STRAIGHT sets in the second round! That was the last year the US Open was played on grass (which, of course, was to the distinct disadvantage of Orantes relative to an Amritraj!). The following year, the US Open moved to clay courts, and Orantes won it! He also came to India for the 1975 Indian Open in Calcutta, beating Anand along the way but losing to Vijay in the final.

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Re: Anand Amritraj thread

Postby Rajiv » Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:39 am

if the atp website is be believed than anand has resurrected his playing career and finds himself ranked 699 on the doubles ranking , 
but a closer look suggest they  have goofed up in a big way  as stephen's points in kl have been added to his credit and how this confusion happened is a mystery , possibly to do with the amritaj name which still carries a lot of weight.

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Re: Anand Amritraj thread

Postby gbelday » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:00 pm

ATP :rofl: :kookoo: 

Thanks Rajiv and PKB for the updates!

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Re: Anand Amritraj thread

Postby StatsRock » Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:26 pm

Thanks Basuji, for the info on Anand. Never knew he outgunned McEnroe immediately after the New Yorker's big splash in Wimby '77  :eek: I'd always considered Anand a bit of an also-ran but much enlightened today.

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Re: Anand Amritraj thread

Postby PKBasu » Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:33 pm

Anand Amritraj's file from the Wimbledon archives:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/d ... index.html

Singles R2 three times (1973, 1977 and 1978; in the latter two he lost to seeded Australians in R2, taking 13th seed Phil Dent to 5 sets in 1977 and 14th seed John Alexander to four sets in 1978; in the latter year, there were three Indians in R2 of singles, Vijay losing in 5 sets to unseeded Dent and Royappa to 4th seeded Gerulaitis). In doubles, Anand made one SF, one other SF, and R3 two other times. One MxD QF, and one PQF.


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