NEW DELHI, Sep 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes on Wednesday to former Davis Cup captain of India Naresh Kumar and said he played a major role in popularising tennis in the country.
“Shri Naresh Kumar will be remembered for his pioneering contribution to Indian sports. He played a major role in popularising tennis. In addition to being a great player he was also an exceptional mentor. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti,” Modi said in a tweet.
Kumar, who famously mentored a young Leander Paes as India’s Davis Cup captain, died in Kolkata on Wednesday at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife Sunita and three children. (PTI)