Indian tennis legends Vijay Amritraj and Anand Amritraj were inducted as honorary members of the Madras Cricket Club (MCC) at the function held at the club premises on Thursday.

The Amritraj brothers, who were welcomed by the club president Ajit Kumbhat, said that they were grateful for this gesture from the club and delighted to be a part of it.

“It’s probably the premier sports club in the country. Even the Marylebone Cricket Club in London might not have the facilities that are available here. I am thrilled,” said Anand.

Past presidents of the club, N. Sankar and Prem Karra, spoke on the occasion and went down the memory lane by sharing many an anecdote dating back to the duo’s playing days.

The event also brought together the entire Indian Davis Cup team — Vijay, Anand, Ramesh Krishnan and S. Vasudevan — which reached the final in 1987.

Terming Vijay and Anand as ‘special’, Nirmal Shekar, Sports Editor, The Hindu, said, “I and my career grew up coinciding with the second half of theirs. I have had special moments having followed them all over the world. They are wonderful human beings, as good off the court as on it.”

“We welcome you to use our wonderfully-maintained courts and you can also donate a few games to us while playing,” he added, tongue in cheek.

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