Great Britain’s Davis Cup legend and longest-serving Davis Cup captain, Paul Hutchins recently passed away at the age of 73. He had twice served as head of men’s tennis at the Lawn Tennis Association and had a good career in tennis, reaching the doubles quarter-finals of the French Open in 1968 before retiring at 25.
Hutchins was a regular TV commentator in the 1980s and '90s, was Great Britain Davis Cup captain for a record 31 matches from 1975 to 1987. Hutchins also received the MBE for services to tennis in the New Year’s Honours list a couple of years ago.
"On behalf of everyone at the LTA we are deeply saddened by the news of Paul Hutchins' passing," said LTA chief executive Scott Lloyd. "He was a true hero of tennis in Britain, first as a player, then as a coach, captain, commentator and administrator, dedicating over 50 years of loyal service”.
"Anyone who came into contact with him could not have failed to be touched by his passion for the sport, his passion for life and his real, genuine interest in people. While we reflect on his memory, his lasting legacy to tennis will endure for a long time to come”.
"Our thoughts go out to his family and all those who were fortunate enough to know Paul." “It’s with heartbreaking sadness that we say goodbye to him,” said the Hutchins family in a statement.
“Paul passionately dedicated his life to his family and to an incredible career in tennis. He will be very dearly missed”.