Jasjit Singh

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In 1974 Davis Cup, India played Australia in the semifinal in India. The Indian line-up was Vijay Amrithraj, Jasjit Singh and Anand Amritraj, with Vijay and Jasjit playing singles while Vijay teamed up later with Anand and the Sikh against Austrialia's Bob Gillitman.

In fact, India would have desired going one up convincingly with Vijay playing the first single. However, that was not to be. But hats off to the talented Jasjit who in a see saw tussle against the Australian notched up the most creditable victory for India. There as great rejoicing in the Indian camp. The match had dragged down to the fifth set with both players trying every trick in their trade. Fortunately, Indian ultimately won the tie moving second time in the Challenge Round. Elated over the victory, Vijay commented "Jasjit gave us a fine lead of which India took full advantage. He played marvellous."

So that was Jasjit Singh for India. Jasjit Singh is the only Sikh to have played in all the Grand Slam championships-the French Open, the Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open Tennis Championships. His achievements include victories over many great names in the game. For instance, his victory over Tony Roche, who many times was a semi-finalist at the Wimbledon. Then he had victories over American Davis Cup player Brian Gottfried, Ross Case, Kim Warwick and Mika Estep. Estep had beaten India's Vijay Amrithraj. Jasjit was ranked '70 in ATP ranking in 1974.

Jasjit Singh later settled down in New York, employed as Tennis Director at Grossinger Hotel and Country Club, Grossinger, New York.