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Name: Vijay Amritraj  
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Date of Birth: 14th December 1953
Place of Birth: India
Profession: Actor
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Vijay Amritraj (born December 14, 1953) is an Indian former tennis champion and actor.

Amritraj and his brother, Anand Amritraj, were among the first Indians to play in top-flight international tour tennis. In 1976, the brothers were semi-finalists in the Wimbledon men's doubles.

Playing his first grand prix event in 1970, Amritraj achieved his first significant success in singles in 1973 when he reached the quarter-final stage at two grand slam events. At Wimbledon he lost 5-7 in the fifth set to the eventual champion Jan Kodes and later that summer at the U.S. Open lost to tennis great Ken Rosewall after having beaten another legend, Rod Laver, two rounds earlier.

Armitraj repeated his feat at Forest Hills in 1974 when he went out in the last eight again to Rosewall after beating a young Bjorn Borg in the second round. In the years that followed he reached the latter stages of numerous grand prix events but failed to meet with success in the grand slams. It would not be again until 1981 when Armitraj would again proceed to the quarter-finals, going out in five sets to Jimmy Connors. This match typified Amritraj's tennis. He was a natural grass-court player who liked to chip-and- charge, and serve-and-volley. He could compete against the world's best but often would lose longer matches through a lack of stamina. Against Connors he was up two sets but lost the last two convincingly in a 6-2, 7-5, 4-6, 3-6, 2-6 loss. A similar Wimbledon result occurred in 1979 in the 2nd round where he looked set to defeat defending champion Borg, up two sets to one and 4-1 in the 4th set, only to lose 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-7, 2-6.

Amritraj was the captain of the Indian Davis Cup for much of the late 1970's and 1980's, helping India reach the finals in 1974 and 1987. He compiled a career singles win-lose record 384-296, winning 16 singles titles to go along with 13 in doubles. He beat the best, including McEnroe at his peak in 1984 (in the first round in Cincinnati) and had five career wins over Connors in their 11 matches. He reached his career high ranking in singles of World No. 16 in July, 1980.

Vijay also had a brief acting career, appearing with Roger Moore in the James Bond film, Octopussy and in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home . He has since gone on to become a sports commentator, and has developed a successful multimedia business.

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