“He passed away peacefully at home and we were all with him and he has been ailing for the last three months and he passed away peacefully,” Gaurav said.
“With deepest sorrow, we would like to inform you that our beloved father Nandu Natekar passed away on 28 July, 2021,” the Natekar family said in a message.
“Keeping in mind the Covid-19 guidelines, we will not be having a condolence meeting. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”
Natekar won the Sellanger International in Malaysia in 1956. He made the quarter-finals of the prestigious All England Championships in 1954.
Nandu Natekar is survived by his son Gaurav, a seven-time Indian national champion in tennis, and two daughters.
Considered one of the most popular sportspersons of his time, Natekar was also ranked third in the world and won over 100 national and international titles in his career. He was suffering from age-related ailments.
He won 12 out of the 16 singles matches and eight out of 16 in doubles as part of the Indian team at the Thomas Cup between 1951 and 1963. He also had the distinction of leading the country in the tournament in 1959, 1961 and 1963.
He had represented India at the 1965 Commonwealth Games in Jamaica.
Born in Sangli in western Maharashtra, Natekar’s distinguished career spanned over 15 years. He was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1961.
In his distinguished career, Natekar made it to the quarterfinals of the prestigious All England Championships in 1954 and became the first Indian player to win an international event when he claimed the Sellanger International in Malaysia in 1956.