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Vijay Amritraj Charity Tennis Classic 2012

By: Anders Frejdh
Vijay Amritraj 2012 tennis classic
Following up on the 2010 and 2011 tennis event for charity, The Vijay Amritraj Foundation Charity Tennis Classic 2012 will be held on September 14 at Calabasas Tennis Center. The tennis starts at 2pm.

Schedule of events:
Pro-Am: 2pm to 4pm
Reception: 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Doubles: 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Interviews on Court: 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Celebrity Match: 7:30pm to 8:15pm
Singles: 8:30pm to 9:15pm
Cocktails and Dinner: 9:30pm onwards

Location: Calabasas Tennis Center, 23400 Park Sorento, Calabasas, CA 91302

Please note: This is a charity event, so there will be no refunds.

Vijay Amritraj Foundation Mission Statement:
"The foundation brings hope, help and healing to the defenseless and innocent victims of disease, tragedy and circumstance in India.

Driven by our firm belief that in giving we receive, the foundation pledges to make a real difference for those who are most in need of the helping hand of humanity."

About Vijay Amritraj by Gene Malin:
So much has been written and said about Vijay Amritraj, that one needs to spotlight those aspects of his life that take him beyond just another celebrity with a foundation. In fact when I looked at the facts, it seemed that Vijay had been preparing for the foundation all his life.

The most enduring image I have of Vijay is of him applauding Jimmy Connors’ shot in the middle of the match of his life (Wimbledon Quarter-finals 1981).

A gentleman with values that go beyond winning to caring. In fact, Vijay’s best moments have been off the tennis court. For starters, earning the respect of his compatriots - being elected for 5 terms as the President of ATP Tour Player Council. Then, as Lead Anchor and Host of ESPN Star Sports for Wimbledon; US Open as well as PGA events. He is one of the most recognizable faces and figures in the world of high profile sports.

Through his numerous acts of giving back like establishing the Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy to help deserving players – a unique program that provides training, funding and even boarding and lodging. Or, his role as the UN Messenger of Peace. Or carrying the Olympic Torch at Seoul, he has made an impact on the world around him, as well as become a symbol of India in the International world. Vijay acts on his belief of receiving through giving and his life is a testimony to that spirit. Each of his successes can be traced back to the acts of giving with humility, be it his sportsmanship, his talent, his time or his business acumen.

Editor's note:
Vijay Amritraj portrayed the beloved character of "Vijay" in Octopussy (1983) with scenes opposite Sir Roger Moore, Desmond Llewelyn and his Indian compatriot Albert Moses.

A selection of Vijay Amritraj's Honors:
• President of the ATP Tour Player Council 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994
• Since 1991, Lead Anchor and Host of Wimbledon and US Open for ESPN Star Sports
• Appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace on February 9, 2001
• Awarded the prestigious Pierre Coubertin Award by the United Nations in Paris 1988
• Awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India, for enhancing the prestige of India
• Carried the Olympic Torch at the 1988 Seoul Olympics
• Named Davis Cup Centennial Ambassador by the Int. Tennis Federation in 1999
• Awarded the Key to the City by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley
• First Asian unanimously elected to Honorary Membership to the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon

Please visit the official Vijay Amritraj Foundation for more information:



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