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Vijay Amritraj's mother passes away

April 20, 2019 17:21 IST

Vijay Amritraj

IMAGE: Former Indian Davis Cupper Vijay Amritraj. Photograph: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters

Maggie Amritraj, mother of former Indian Davis Cup players Vijay Amritraj and Anand Amritraj, passed away in Chennai on Saturday after prolonged illness.

She was 92. Her husband Robert Amritraj predeceased her.

She is survived by three sons (Anand, Vijay and Ashok) and their families.

Vijay Amritraj is currently the president of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association.

Anand Amritraj said his mother suffered a stroke on March 21 and was in hospital for three weeks. She was discharged last Monday.

 

She passed away at around 6.15 am local time on Saturday.

"She had been the motivating force behind us, in our lives and in general.  We owe everything to her," Anand said while paying tribute to his mother.

Maggie was a woman entrepreneur of her time and ran a business, while her husband was among the seniormost officers in the Railways.

She helmed the well-known Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy (BAT) started in Chennai by Vijay Amritraj in 1985.

She piloted the academy for two decades, which produced Davis Cuppers and champion players including Leander Paes, Gaurav Natekar, Rohit Rajpal and Somdev Devvarman among others.

She was a keen tennis follower and a disciplinarian, who instilled the qualities of hard work and dedication in her sons and later in the other players.

The funeral mass would be held on April 23 at St Teresas Church, Nungambakkam.

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