The Passing On of Tennis Icon - JIM DAVIES

The Passing On of Tennis Icon - JIM DAVIES

The Passing On of Tennis Icon - JIM DAVIES

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The Kenya Lawn Tennis Association is grieving the passing on of a tennis Icon  Jim Davies. He was the USPTA Master Professional, of JD Tennis Academy and past chair of the Kenya Lawn Tennis Association. He passed on Tuesday 26th June 2012 at The Nairobi Hospital.

He was a coaching Icon and administrator for many years, over 50 years. He once described himself as eating tennis, breathing tennis and sleeping tennis”.

He became Vice-Chairman of the Kenya Lawn Tennis Association (K.L.T.A) in 1971 and Chairman in 1973 and again in 1991 where he served until 1996, when he resigned having completed a total of six years as Chairman. During his tenures tennis underwent tremendous growth. In 1978, JD was coach for the Kenya team at the Third All Africa Games in Algiers.

He will also be remembered for opening the first fully-equipped gym (1982) in Kenya, the Nautilus Fitness and Health Centre, whose facilities were frequently used for training various tennis teams. In 1987, he opened the JD Tennis Academy in time for the Fourth All Africa Games where the Kenya team trained and where many Davies Cup teams also trained. With more than 30 years of coaching.

Among the top Tennis player to have coached by him include, : Jane Davies, Philip and James Ilako, Eno Polo, Phyllis and Mary Wilunda, Sam Kipkoech and Alan Davies. . Junior champions who have passed through his hands include Karim Behal, Sean Haskey, Wanjiku Ngaruiya and Meera Kantaria.

There will be a private cremation ceremony today at 2.30pm.

At Michezoafrika we join the family and the entire tennis fraternity in Kenya at this moment of grief and send our heartfelt condolences.

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