Former Tennis maestro Krishnan honoured

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Chennai, Jan 6 (UNI) Former Tennis maestro R Krishnan was today honoured with the Asian Sports Journalists Federation's Life Time Achievement Award.

Former All India Tennis Association (AITA) Secretary Anil Khanna presented the award to Krishnan who had an illustrious career representing India, having been world no 3, world no 10, world no 6, 8 and 9 at different times.

Krishnan is remembered in the world of tennis as the only Indian to have entered the singles semi-finals of the Wimbledon Championships, the ultimate in the Grand Slam competitions in the sport.

He was also the first Asian to achieve the distinction. His seeding in Wimbeldon in 1962 was number four. Prior to that he had won the Wimbledon junior singles title in 1954.

His 'out of the world' victory against Thomas Koch of Brazilian the Davis Cup fifth and final is considered as another gem in his crown. He had also led India to an historic win over Australia in the Challenge round in 1966. He had also won the Asian Lawn Tennis singles titles in 1959 on its inaugural and thrice in a row from 1963.

He had victories over many a great player in his generaton on the world stage like Drobhny, Neil Fraser,Roy Emerson, Makenley, Pasarell, Rod Laver and Bob Hewitt.

He was the top seeded player in India for 14 years in a row from 1953 to 1966.

With his son Ramesh, who had also represented Indian tennis with distinction, Krishnan had set up the Krishnan Tennis Centre to spot talent in tennis for India, in this generation.

He was awarded the Helms World Trophy for being the foremost sportsman from Asia in 1966 apart from Arjuna Award(1963), Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan by the Indian government.

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