This past weekend the tennis community lost Ajay Patel, a great tennis player and an even better man. He will be sorely missed by his family and the entire tennis community.
The admin of this program had the pleasure of meeting him twice over the years. (Once at the 2011 East Coast National Tournament in Miami and last time in 2014 at a Los Angeles West Coast National Tournament. He won that tournament in dramatic fashion https://www.tennislosangeles.
We reached out to a bunch of his former TennisOC.com opponents and it's simply amazing how Ajay affected other players well beyond the tennis courts. Here's some of their memories:
So so sad and sudden. I played tennis with AJ almost 10 years, he always played with amazing enthusiasm. Caring Dad who talked about his family and was a thoughtful and giving player on the court.
Bless you AJ
I have had the good fortune to play Ajay many times during the last few years. He always was a true gentleman and a great sportsman. He embodied the "old school" sportsmanship, and his love of tennis and good competition was evident. I am shocked that he is not with us anymore, and he will be missed.