Tennis commentator and former player Vijay Amritraj was recently in New Delhi to announce a partnership between Roland Garros and Rolex. I served him a rapid-fire questionnaire on travel and tennis. By Mitrajit Bhattacharya
It’s time for Wimbledon again. Let’s talk about great rivalries. Björn Borg or John McEnroe?
Both geniuses. Borg did it one way, McEnroe another. Talent wise, McEnroe. But Borg [was] a better athlete.
Roger has won more majors; Rafa has beaten him a greater number of times—hard to pick between the two. But because Roger plays the modern version of yesterday’s tennis, I would feel more comfortable saying Roger.
Emerging player of the year?
I have to go with [Stefanos] Tsitsipas. He plays with a great deal of variety.
Which do you consider the biggest win of your career?
Things on your bucket list?
A safari. I am trying to decide between the one in Masai Mara and a South African safari. My wife and I haven’t been to Israel together, so I would like to make that trip with her. And one or two countries in South America.
Where do you prefer to go: big city or the countryside?
Things you don’t travel without?
The watch on my hand—my Rolex has stayed with me for nearly 50 years now—and photographs of my family and friends.
Favourite Indian food?
You’re a movie buff. Who’s your favourite star?
Meeting [Clint] Eastwood was an important moment for me.
Favourite movie and director?
You had a brief stint in Hollywood too. Any fond memories from those days?
I have the best memories of doing Octopussy and meeting Roger [Moore]. That role was my first one. I ended up doing a Star Trek movie after that and I was the first Indian on American TV with my own series. It’s special to me—there is hardly anybody who has done a Star Trek movie and a James Bond movie and played on the Centre Court in Wimbledon.