Vijay Amritraj

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  1. Rozroz

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    i'm just watching this fabolous match in Yutube and stunbled upon this Borg magic shot VS Vijay:
    http://youtu.be/YDFd4q3CycU?t=5m56s
    so it's more of a Borg shot but Vijay had many good shots in there.
    also Borg's movement is incredible.
     
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  2. goober

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    Wait a minute- so Vijay is a scab but connors and Borg were not? That is BS line of thinking. Saying Connors was unknown in 1973 is garbage. His year end ranking was #3. He reached 2 QF in slams that year and by that point had already won a bunch of ATP titles in singles and doubles! Connors refused to join the ATP union. Isn't he exactly the definition of a scab? A nonunion member playing while union members are on strike? Hmm unwilling to attack an American icon?

    Borg was a relative unknown, but does being unkown excuse you from putting him in the same class as Vijay? So it is ok to be a scab if nobody knows you? Sorry if you are going to condemn some of the players you have to condemn them all.

    In reality nobody is "always remembered for it" and nobody really cares. Natase is in the HOF. I am sure if you asked his peers from his playing days, nobody would say they styill remember it and are upset about it.
     
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  3. comeback

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    I was at this match in 1974 and i remember Borg and Armitrj playing on 1 of 3 courts that i believe were switched after each match..World class serving and returning..Borg only 17 already comes back from 2 sets to love and serves and returns to win
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDFd4q3CycU&feature=related
     
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  4. Dedans Penthouse

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    Like so many of the pros from India, he was smooooth. Good dude.
     
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  5. sureshs

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    Watch him with Mayleen Ramey in the latest Destination Tennis London episode on Tennis Channel.

    OK, just watch Mayleen Ramey.
     
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  6. treblings

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    took the liberty to correct the name for you:)
     
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  7. rajeshafrica

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    Actually Vijay had not turned pro in 1973. He was still an amateur at that time. As such had not joined the ATP and were not bound to them. Thats the reason he played the 73 championships
     
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  8. rajeshafrica

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    So was Connors and Sandy Meyer
     
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  9. rajeshafrica

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    Vijay Was not born in a rich indian family. The Amritraj family was a normal middle class family. His father was a executive with the Indian Railways. his mother was a housewife. She Later stared a small Packaging business to support her sons tennis
     
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  10. Mustard

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    Regarding 1973 Wimbledon, the only scabs were the 3 ATP affiliated players who refused to strike, which were Ilie Nastase, Roger Taylor and Ray Keldie, who were later fined by the ATP for their strikebreaking actions. Vijay Amritraj, Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg were not ATP members at the time.

    Connors was a professional, but not an ATP member. He refused to join the ATP for the longest time. I believe that Connors was asked to join the ATP before 1973 Wimbledon and to strike with them, but he refused to join. Roscoe Tanner mentions Connors refusing to join and strike in his autobiography, and Arthur Ashe also mentioned something about it.
     
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  11. rajeshafrica

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    The term ABC of was coined by Bud Collins. As he thought the trio was the most talented of the younger generation in the early seventies. Vijay did not have the single minded determination of the other two to dominate the opposition on a regular basis. On his day he could match up to the best on fast surfaces. Vijay would beat the best one day and in the next round loose to some one obscure. A typical example was in 1984 When Mcenroe lost only 3 matches the entire season, two of those losses was to Lendl and the third to Vijay at the Cincinati grand prix. Funnily Vijay lost the next round to his team mate Ramesh Krishnan. To say he was short on Talent was an understatement. In 1985 He beat Noah at wimbeldon after finishing shooting for Octopusy in the morning.

    Another reason for Vijays inability to out last the opposition consistently was his poor fitness. As he grew out of his teens his record in Five set matches was very poor. This could be attributed that as a child he was very asthmatic and took a long time to outgrew the illness.

    He still took India to two Davis cup finals and unluckily in 1973 India had to forfeit the finals against South Africa in protest against south Africas apartheid policy.
     
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  12. kiki

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    he was a well educated man and his parents took a lot of time to find him the proper girlfriend...
     
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