Former British Davis Cup captain; Paul Hutchins dies at age 73

The former British tennis player and the Davis Cup Captain has died at the age of 73 years old on Wednesday.

Hutchins died peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday afternoon after his long battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease also more commonly known as the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).

The family released a statement which reads as follows,

“It’s with heartbreaking sadness that we say goodbye to him. Paul passionately dedicated his life to his family and to an incredible career in tennis. It was his wish for us to thank the everyman who has been part of it. He will be very dearly missed.”

The LTA CEO; Scott Lloyd paying his respect to one of the greatest men in Tennis said, “Paul was a tree or of Tennis in Britain. He was the hero of Tennis first as a player and then as coach later as a captain, commentator, and administrator. He dedicated 50 years of his life to the sport. Anyone who has known him could not fail to notice his passion for not only tennis but his passion for life and his real interest in people. While Paul is not among us, his legacy will remain in our hearts for a long time. Our thoughts are with his family as well as the people who got to know him well.”

Hutchins is the longest-serving captain for the Great Britain Davis Cup team. He took charge of the team for 31 times in 13 years. This also includes the final of 1978 which Great Britain lost to the USA.

In addition to this, he also served many other roles. Top of them includes being the Head of Men’s tennis at LTA, leader of the 2012 London Olympics Britain Tennis squad as well as the tournament director for the Nottingham Championships.

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