Former player and tournament director Gene Scott dies

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NEW YORK, Mar 24 (Reuters) Former player and tournament director Gene Scott has died from heart disease at the age of 68.

He died on Monday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, the US Tennis Association (USTA) said on its official website yesterday.

Scott was an accomplished serve-and-volleyer in the 1960s and founded the Tennis Week magazine in 1974.

He was also director of more than 200 tournaments in his long career, including the Kremlin Cup and the season-ending event now known as the Tennis Masters Cup.

A member of the US Davis Cup team in 1963-65, Scott rose as high as number 11 in the rankings.

In 1973, he served as a TV analyst for the ''Battle of the Sexes'' match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

''A tennis icon, he touched the game in every possible way, as a player, an advocate and as the publisher and founder of Tennis Week,'' the USTA said in a statement.

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