Sumant Misra, one of India's early tennis legends and the first Indian tennis champion in 1946 during British rule, was aptly called the "grandfather of Indian tennis." Misra, who passed away on Saturday evening at the age of 88, represented India in the Davis Cup, besides playing at Wimbledon and US Nationals in the pre-Open era of world tennis. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.
Born in Faizabad in 1923, Misra was introduced to the game by his father, LP Misra, a former Chief Commissioner of Indian Railways.
A product of the famous South Club in Calcutta, then the nursery of Indian tennis which produced many tennis champions.