Paul Hutchins, Britain’s Davis Cup Knight, dies at 73

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Paul Hutchins, former player and Captain of the British Davis Cup team, passed away today, aged 73. Hutchins dedicated over half his lifetime to tennis as a player, a coach and an administrator.

Hutchins had a career which many can only dream of, reaching the third rounds of the French and the US Open in 1968. He also was a quarterfinalist at the men’s doubles at the French Open, where he had Gerald Battrick as his partner.

Upon his passing, the Hutchins family stated, “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 parts of it. He will be dearly missed.”

Paul Hutchins
Paul Hutchins

Tennis broadcaster for BBC Radio Five Live, David Law tweeted, “I first met Paul in the mid 90’s when I was a student. He could not have been more encouraging and helpful to me as I tried to find a way to work in tennis. He remained so ever since.”

Meanwhile, former British number one Laura Robson said: “Saddest news. Paul was the most genuinely lovely person and will be greatly missed.”

In 2016, Hutchins was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). He had four children, most noteworthy being Ross, who retired in 2014 and is now a player officer for the ATP tour. Hutchins was also tennis team leader for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics and worked as a tournament director for the Nottingham Open and Road to Wimbledon.

Paul Hutchins still stands to be the longest serving British Davis Cup captain, being in charge for 31 matches and 13 years. In 1978, the British Davis Cup team reached the finals, where they lost to the United States.

The Tennis community united in paying their respects to the late Briton.