Pride of Pakistan-Khawaja Saeed Mirza
Khawaja Saeed Mir commonly known as Saeed Mir is one of the big names of Pakistan tennis. He enjoys the distinction of being the first Pakistani player ever to feature in a grand slam tournaments; Wimbledon (three times), US Open and French Open (twice). He qualified for the main draw of Wimbledon for three consecutive years from 1954-1956. He represented Pakistan in the Davis Cup and was the captain of the team 32 times; a record yet to be equaled by any other player of the world. At home he was the Triple Crown holder of National Championship with Single’s, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Double titles to his credit. An interesting and unusual one of its kind incident associated with him is that he killed a bird with his service during the England Tennis Championship.
Saeed Mir has received international recognition for his outstanding performance and services in the field of tennis. He was awarded a gold medal by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in the annual meeting held at Lausnne, Switzerland. The French Tennis Federation celebrated the century of French Championship and built a commemorative wall displaying the names of outstanding players; Saeed Mir’s name was one of them.
Since his retirement he has served the PTF (Pakistan Tennis Federation) as the President and the Chairman of Selection Committee.
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