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Vijay AmritrajIndian Tennis Champion and motivational speaker
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Vijay Amritaj's tennis accomplishments include being ranked No 1 Asian player, and also one of the top ten players in the world. He played in the Davis Cup team for 20 straight years, and competed in Wimbledon for 17 straight years.
Vijay has also been a successful businessman. Over the years his companies have carved out joint ventures and collaborations with many major organsiations including ESPN, News Corp, MTV, SONY, and Walt Disney. He also has relationships with multi-national giants like AT&T, MCI, American Express, Citibank, and HSBC.
As a broadcaster, he has been the anchor presenter for Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open and other Grand Slam events as well as other racquet sports. He also covered tennis for Fox Sports in the US.
As a promoter and entrepreneur he brought the first ever ATP Tour World Series tournament to India as well as the first ATP World Doubles Finals tournament to India in 2000. In addition, he organised the first Men’s Professional Challenger Tournament in 2000 and 2001 in Los Angeles, where he now lives. This event was sanctioned by both the US Tennis Association and the ATP Tour.
In 2001, he was appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace by Kofi Annan, only the 8th person in the world to ever have that honour. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government for enhancing India’s image abroad, and he has been involved with countless charitable activities.