Paul Hutchins MBE, former British Davis Cup captain, passes away at the age of 73
Hutchins dedicated over 50 years of loyal service to tennis in Britain as a player, a coach and a tennis administrator
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 15/03/19 2:09pm
Paul Hutchins MBE, former British professional tennis player and Davis Cup captain, has passed away at the age of 73.
Hutchins passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on Wednesday afternoon following a battle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
A statement from his family read: "It's with heartbreaking sadness that we say goodbye to him. Paul passionately dedicated his life to his family and to an incredible career in tennis. It was his wish for us to thank the very many who have been part of it. He will be very dearly missed."
We are deeply saddened to receive news that Paul Hutchins, former player and Great Britain Davis Cup captain, has died.— Fever-Tree Championships (@QueensTennis) March 14, 2019
Our thoughts are with his son Ross (our friend and former tournament director) and the rest of Paul’s family and friends, at this very difficult time. pic.twitter.com/Y8bbPixfxe
Paying tribute to a man who contributed so much to tennis, Scott Lloyd, LTA CEO said: "Paul 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."
Richard Lewis, the chief executive of the All England Club and a former Davis Cup player, said Hutchins "was a great leader, had extraordinary attention to detail, and always had the best of intentions when dealing with everyone in tennis."
Devastated. An all round top bloke with one heck of a career on and off court. He helped me hugely on a personal scale in my junior days and was always there for everyone. The world is so bloody cruel. Rest in Peace Paul Hutchins. 😔— Marcus Willis (@Willbomb90) March 14, 2019
Paul Hutchins, your kindness, passion for our sport, and friendship will never be forgotten. RIP. We all love you💞— Alison Riske (@Riske4rewards) March 14, 2019
I’m very sad to hear the passing of Paul Hutchins, my thoughts are with his family who have lost the most loving and caring man. He always supported me and no doubt everyone around him and in British Tennis.— Kyle Edmund (@kyle8edmund) March 15, 2019
Hutchins is longest-serving British Davis Cup captain, having taken charge of 31 ties over 13 years, including the 1978 final, which they lost to the USA.
He served a number of roles, including a stint as the LTA's head of men's tennis, team leader of Britain's 2012 London Olympics tennis squad and tournament director of the Nottingham championships.