Mohammed M’Jid (left) with ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti
Mohammed M’Jid, the former president of the Moroccan Tennis Federation (Fédération Royale Marocaine du Tennis), passed away on 20 March aged 97.
M’Jid was a leading figure in the development of tennis in Africa for over half a century before stepping down as president of the Moroccan Tennis Federation in 2010 after 53 years in the position.
M’Jid is credited for his role in creating the Grand Prix Hassan II men's professional tournament, which began in 1986 and is to date the only ATP event on the African continent.
He was honoured with an ITF Award for services to the game in 1993 and remained heavily involved in the latter portion of his presidency, hosting the ITF Annual General Meeting when it was held in Marrakech in 2002.
After standing down as president, M’Jid devoted his time to the Moroccan Foundation for Youth, helping set up schools and centres for training.