RAVI SHANKAR
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Ravi Shankar  
On February 4, 2018, Ravi Shankar died in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is survived by his mother, Maya Devi, two brothers, Tarun Shankar, and Arun Shankar, his wife Geeta Shankar and two children, Jatin, 19, and Raychal Shankar, 17. Ravi was 49 years old. Ravi was born and raised in Delhi, India. He was an enthusiastic badminton and squash player in his early teen years, before turning his attention to tennis. At age 19, he opened up his own tennis academy, which was the third largest tennis academy in the region. He was proud of that. He moved to the United States in the mid-1990's. He worked at the Drilling Tennis Shop in downtown Washington, DC for eight years. He then went out on his own and opened the Tennis Zone tennis shop, first in Chevy Chase. Later he moved the store to Glover Park where it has operated for the last five years.  A man of exceptional talent and a warm personality, Ravi had an unparalleled ability to string tennis and squash racquets, matched with a sophisticated knowledge of string types and racquet differences that benefitted beginners and professionals alike. Any person, young or old, who walked into the store or took a tennis lesson from him found a thoughtful and caring person, willing to go to any lengths to raise the level of the person's game or increase his or her enjoyment of the sport. He himself played the game with passion and flair, a joy on the court. The region's tennis community has lost a true friend, wonderful competitor and gentle human being. A service will be held for Ravi at the Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 5755 Castlewellan Dr., Alexandria, VA 22815 at 9 a.m. Thursday morning, February 8, 2018. A tennis reception will be held later this month.

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Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 7, 2018.
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March 5, 2018
I was so sad to hear that Ravi had passed away. He was one of the friendliest people I have ever met. My deepest sympathy and warmest thoughts go out to his family. I had only known him for a year, but he was a true inspiration for me and my two tennis-loving kids. It was always a pleasure to come by the store to chat, and I am forever thankful for the tennis lessons you gave me. I will continue playing and try to improve the best I can. I will always remember you when I'm on the courts.
Arne Furumo
February 26, 2018
So sad to learn of Ravi's passing just now. He had restrung and regripped our rackets in January before our vacation and had seemed pretty much his same wonderful self. We had been looking forward to chatting with him again. Had first met him at Yates Field House some years ago. Our deep sympathies to his family; he will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
John and Claudia Cook
Friend
February 24, 2018
The sad news about Ravi reached me two weeks after we lost forever Ravis sincere and enthusiastic smile, a greeting that invariably boosted my spirit and brightened my day. Although Ravi imparted his expertise, he taught me far more than tennis. Ravi showed me how to enjoy the moment. Thank you for embellishing my appreciation for a life well lived. I miss you my friend.
Richard Theis
Student
February 24, 2018
We just read about Ravi's passing. Unbelievable and so sad. We would just stop in and say hello if we were nearby, even if we didn't need new strings... Ravi was always welcoming with a smile and good conversation. Dianne just bought a new Babolat from him and we were ready to schedule a few tune up lessons. What a shock and a loss. Our deepest sympathy to Ravi's family. Dianne and Buzz Seltzer, Washington DC
February 20, 2018
Ravi was such a genuinely kind and caring soul. I actually looked forward to breaking my strings so I could go chat with him at the shop, and he always went out of his way to help me. Thank you for everything Ravi, you will be sorely missed and remembered fondly.
Rishi Chakrabarty
February 12, 2018
So very sorry to hear of Ravi's passing. He was a great friend to the DC tennis community. I and many others will miss his kindness. Condolences to his family.
Bill Rapp
February 11, 2018
My sincerest condolences to Ravi's entire family. Ravi was a wonderful teacher and friend. He always had a smile and a kind word. Ravi was a gentle, gracious and kind soul. Ravi's many friends in the Washington tennis community will miss him.
Richard Peet
February 10, 2018
This was a terrible shock for those of us who took for granted Ravi's gentle presence in the DC tennis community. I once mentioned to him that Dunlop stopped making the raquet I use and if he came across a used one to let me know. I never thought he would remember until one day he called to say he found a racquet for me. That was typical for Ravi. My deepest sympathies to Ravi's family. We in the tennis community are grieving with you.
Betsy Shapiro
February 10, 2018
Ravi, you were a great friend of the tennis community and a great friend to me. I will always remember your kind face and great spirit.
Jack Campbell
February 9, 2018
Such a sweet, honest, gracious soul. Thank you Ravi for your strong support of Babolat at Tennis Zone. We've truly lost a great partner. May your family find comfort and strength.
Luke Kairys
February 9, 2018
Ravi was a gracious person of generous spirit. He exuded positive energy. Our hearts go out to his loved ones.
Mark Medish
February 7, 2018
To those like myself who knew him from the tennis community, Ravi stood out as a person of high standards, generous spirit, and good humor. He was so friendly, thoughtful, and modest. He was an elegant figure on the tennis courts. We are diminished without him. Our hearts go out to his loved ones.
Mark Medish
February 7, 2018
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February 7, 2018
I will miss you Ravi.
Jason Lederstein
Friend
February 7, 2018
I was shocked to read about Ravi's passing at such a young age. He was such a gentle soul, always willing to pass on his knowledge and passion for tennis. He always had a smile on his face and had such an unassuming, comforting presence. We will truly miss him.
Andrew Gentin
February 7, 2018
I cannot find words for his departure, a great friend for over 15 years, so devastatingly saddened by this news beyond words.
Curt Canada
February 7, 2018
We will miss Ravi -

He loved helping people and was a pleasure to chat with. DC's Asian-American community sends our deepest condolences to Ravi's family.

Kishan Putta, Commissioner
DC Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs Commission
Kishan Putta
February 7, 2018
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February 7, 2018
I was so shocked to hear of Ravis passing yesterday and cant understand it. He was such a happy seeming person, always willing to help anyone, always smiling. The world him and needs more like him.
Thomas Fishbein
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