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Published August 31, 2015

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CONNECTICUT OPEN
NEW HAVEN, USA
AUG 23 - AUG 29
Last yearIsingles champion:
Petra Kvitova (CZE)
Tier - Premier
Prize Money: $689,063
Surface: Hard

SINGLES

(4) (WC) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 6-2, 7-6(4)

(2 )Petra Kvitova (CZE) d (3) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 7-5, 6-1

(2 )Petra Kvitova (CZE) d 4) (WC) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2

Tournament Director: Anne Worcester Draw:
S-32 D-16

DOUBLES

C.Chuang (TPE) / C.Liang (CHN) d
A.Groenefeld (GER) / J.Larsson (SWE) 3-6, 6-3, 10-7

(4) J.Goerges (GER) /L.Hradecka (CZE) d (2) R.Kops-Jones (USA) / A.Spears (USA) 1-6, 6-3, 10-2

(4) J.Goerges (GER) /L.Hradecka (CZE) d C.Chuang (TPE) / C.Liang (CHN) 6-3, 6-1

WTA Tour
   

Tournament

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Final

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WINSTON-SALEM OPEN
WINSTON-SALEM, NC, U.S.A.
AUGUST 23 - 30 2015
Last year singles champion:
Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Tier - 250
Prize Money: $616,210
Surface: Hard

SINGLES

(2) (WC) Kevin Anderson (RSA)
Malek Jaziri (TUN)

(Q) Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)
(13) Steve Johnson (USA)

(2) (WC) Kevin Anderson (RSA) d (Q) Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-4, 7-5

Tournament Director: Bill Oakes Draw:
S-48 D-16

DOUBLES

(3) E.Butorac (USA) / S.Lipsky (USA) d (1) L.Kubot (POL) / D.Nestor (CAN) 6-4, 4-6, 10-7

(4) D.Inglot (GBR) / R.Lindstedt (SWE) d S.Groth (AUS) / C.Guccione (AUS) 6-4, 4-6, 11-9

(4) D.Inglot (GBR) / R.Lindstedt (SWE) d (3) E.Butorac (USA) / S.Lipsky (USA) 6-2, 6-4

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Women's Tour

CONNECTICUT OPEN
NEW HAVEN, USA
AUG 23 - AUG 29

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SINGLES DRAW - KVITOVA SCORES A FIRST IN NEW HAVEN

(2 )Petra Kvitova (CZE) d 4) (WC) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2


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Petra Kvitova beat Lucie Safarova in an all-Czech, all-lefty final to win the Connecticut Open in New Haven, the first time she's ever won a WTA tournament three times
Read more here (WTA)
Watch highlights, interviews and more video from New Haven right here on wtatennis.com!


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  • 1 Simona Halep (ROU) - withdrawn (left leg pains)
  • 1 (LL) Lesia Tsurenko (UKR). R1: Bye. R2: Barbora Strycova (CZE) 6-3, 6-0. Q: (5) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6-2, 6-2. S: (4) (WC) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 2-6, 2-6. Tsurenko out in the Semis.
  • CHAMPION 2 Petra Kvitova (CZE). R1: Bye. R2: Madison Keys (USA) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Q: (7) (WC) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 7-5, 6-4. S: (3) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 7-5, 6-1. F: (4) (WC) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2. CHAMPION
  • 3 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN). R1: (WC) Alison Riske (USA) 6-0, 6-2. R2: (Q) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 6-4, 6-7(6), 7-6(7). Q: Caroline Garcia (FRA) 6-4, 6-7(6), 7-6(7) S: (2) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 5-7, 1-6. Wozniacki out in the Semis.
  • FINALIST 4 (WC) Lucie Safarova (CZE). R1: Daria Gavrilova (RUS) 6-3, 6-4. R2: Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 6-3, 6-4. Q: Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5. S: 1 (LL) Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 6-2, 7-6(4). F: (2) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 7-6(6), 2-6, 2-6
  • 5 Karolina Pliskova (CZE). R1: Polona Hercog (SLO) 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-2. R2: (Q) Olga Savchuk (UKR) 6-4, 6-1. Q: (1) (LL) Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 2-6, 2-6. Pliskova out in the Quarters
  • 6 Timea Bacsinszky (SUI). R1: Caroline Garcia (FRA) 3-6, 1-6. Bacsinszky out in R1
  • 7 (WC) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL). R1: CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) 6-0, 6-2. R2: Alize Cornet (FRA) 6-4, 6-2. Q: (2) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 5-7, 4-6. Radwanska out in the Quarters
  • 8 Sara Errani (ITA). R1: Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 2-6, 6-4, 4-6. Errani out in R1
  • Best Qualifier: Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) and Olga Savchuk (UKR) - R2
  • Best WC: (4) Lucie Safarova (CZE) - Final
  • Best Unseeded: (LL) Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) - Semifinal

DOUBLES DRAW - Goerges / Hradecka win doubles title

(4) J.Goerges (GER) /L.Hradecka (CZE) d C.Chuang (TPE) / C.Liang (CHN) 6-3, 6-1


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Julia Goerges and Lucie Hradecka captured the Connecticut Open doubles title with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Chia-Jung Chuang and Chen Liang. It was only the second time the Germab / Czech team played together. Earlier this year they lost in the second round at Eastbourne. Goerges’ baseline play and Hradecka’s net play was the key for their win in New Haven. “We had some pretty good matches, good wins here,” Goerges said. “We tried to keep the momentum going, trying to play our game, being aggressive and just take it right away from them. That’s what we managed to do well.”


 


Men's Tour

WINSTON-SALEM OPEN
WINSTON-SALEM, NC, U.S.A.
AUGUST 23 - 30 2015

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SINGLES DRAW - Kevin Anderson beats French qualifier and takes Winston-Salem title

(2) (WC) Kevin Anderson (RSA) d (Q) Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-4, 7-5


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Kevin Anderson defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-5 to claim the Winston-Salem Open title on Saturday. The South African won his first ATP World Tour title of 2015 in his third final appearance (l. in Memphis and Queen’s).
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  • 1 Gilles Simon (FRA). R1: Bye. R2: Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-6(6). R3: (Q) Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6, 0-6. Simon out in R3
  • CHAMPION 2 (WC) Kevin Anderson (RSA). R1: Bye. R2: Mikhail Kukushkin (BUL) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. R3: (16) Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 7-6(2), 6-4. Q: (8) Boma Coric (CRO) 6-2, 7-6(1). S: Malek Jaziri (TUN) 6-4, 6-3. F: (Q) Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-4, 7-5 CHAMPION
  • 3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA). R1: Bye. R2: Denis Istomin (UZB) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. R3: (13) Steve Johnson (USA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(4). Tsonga out in R3
  • 4 Viktor Troicki (SRB). R1: Bye. R2: Malek Jaziri (TUN) 4-6, 6-4, 4-6. Troicki out in R2
  • 5 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP). R1: Bye. R2: Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 3-6, 3-6. Garcia-Lopez out in R2
  • 6 Thomaz Bellucci (BRA). R1: Bye. R2: (Q) Frances Tiafoe (USA) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(2). R3: (11) Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-1, 6-7(7), 6-4. Q: Malek Jaziri (TUN) 3-6, 2-5 Bellucci out in the Quarters
  • 7 Sam Querrey (USA). R1: Bye. R2: Simone Bolelli (ITA) 7-6(7), 6-7(4), 7-6(4). Querrey out in R2
  • 8 Boma Coric (CRO). R1: Bye. R2: Santiago Giraldo (COL) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. R3: Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 6-2, 6-1. Q: (2) (WC) Kevin Anderson (RSA) 2-6, 6-7(1). Coric out in the Quarters
  • 9 Benoit Paire (FRA). R1: Bye. R2: Hyeon Chung (JPN) 1-6, 4-6. Paire out in R2
  • 10 Joao Sousa (POR). R1: Bye. R2: Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 4-6, 4-6. Sousa out in R2
  • 11 Jiri Vesely (CZE). R1: Bye. R2: (Q) Martin Klizan (SRB) 6-3, 6-4. R3: (6) Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 1-6, 7-6(7), 4-6. Vesely out in R3
  • 12 Pablo Andujar (ESP). R1: Bye. R2: Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 6-4, 5-7, 5-7. Andujar out in R2
  • 13 Steve Johnson (USA). R1: Bye. R2: Sam Groth (AUS) 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-1. R3: (3) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4). Q: Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 00(wo). S: (Q) Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-3, 6-7(5), 2-6. Johnson out in the Semis
  • 14 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP). R1: Bye. R2: Pierre Hugues-Herbert (FRA) 3-6, 6-2, 5-7. Baghdatis out in R2
  • 15 Teymuraz Gabashvili (KAZ). R1: Bye. R2: Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-6(3). R3: Malek Jaziri (TUN) 5-7, 4-6. Gabashvili out in R3
  • 16 Jerzy Janowicz (POL). R1: Bye. R2: Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6-3, 6-2. R3: 2 (WC) Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-7(2), 4-6. Janowicz out in R3
  • FINALIST (Q) Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA). R1: Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 6-3, 6-2. R2: (14) Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. R3: Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 6-3, 6-0. Q: Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2. S: (13) Steve Johnson (USA) 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2. F: (2) (WC) Kevin Anderson (RSA) 4-6, 5-7
  • Best Qualifier: (17) (Q) Alex
  • Best WC: Jared Donald
  • Best Unseeded: Tommy Ro

DOUBLES DRAW - Inglot/Lindstedt Triumph in Winston-Salem

(4) D.Inglot (GBR) / R.Lindstedt (SWE) d (3) E.Butorac (USA) / S.Lipsky (USA) 6-2, 6-4


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Dominic Inglot and Robert Lindstedt won 6-2, 6-4 against Eric Butorac and Scott Lipsky to secure their first team title in Winston-Salem on Saturday.
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WTA Women's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: Kvitova and Wozniacki exchanged spots. Tsurenko moved up from 46 to 37.
Cibulkova moved from 58 to 50.
DOUBLES: C-J Chuang moved up from 45 to 37. C.Liang moved from 50 to 41.

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

12721
 

1
Mirza, Sania

9355

2
Halep, Simona

6130
 

2
Hingis, Martina

8975

3
Sharapova, Maria

6035
 

3
Mattek-Sands, Beth

7065

4
Kvitova, Petra

4995
 

4
Vesnina, Elena

7050

5
Wozniacki, Caroline

4740
 

4
Makarova, Ekaterina

7045

6
Šafárová, Lucie

3800
 

6
Šafárová, Lucie

6626

7
Ivanovic, Ana

3500
 

7
Mladenovic, Kristina

5035

8
Pliskova, Karolina

3335
 

8
Pennetta, Flavia

4675

9
Muguruza, Garbine

3245
 

9
Black, Cara

4615

10
Suárez-Navarro,Carla

3190
 

10
Dellacqua, Casey

4310

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: Rafa Nadal moved up 2 spots. Pierre-Hugues Herbert moved up 48 spots to 92.
DOUBLES: Inglot moved up 6 to 39. Groth moved up 12 to 83.

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

14865
 

1
Bryan, Bob

11490

2
Federer, Roger

9065
 

1
Bryan, Mike

11490

3
Murray, Andy

8840
 

3
Melo, Marcelo

7680

4
Nishikori, Kei

6205
 

4
Dodig, Ivan

7410

5
Wawrinka, Stan

5710
 

5
Tecau, Horia

6810

6
Berdych, Tomas

5230
 

6
Rojer, Jean-Julien

6810

7
Ferrer, David

3695
 

7
Matkowski, Marcin

4850

8
Nadal, Rafael

3680
 

8
Fognini, Fabio

4780

9
Cilic, Marin

3550
 

9
Zimonjic, Nenad

4750

10
Raonic, Milos

2880
 

10
Bopanna, Rohan

4520


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US OPEN
FLUSHING MEADOWS, USA
AUG 31 - SEP 13

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - Grand Slam
Prize Money: $20,102,700
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: David Brewer
Draw: S-128 D-64

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Serena Williams (USA)
  • 2 Simona Halep (ROU)
  • 3 Maria Sharapova (RUS) - withdrawn
  • 4 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
  • 5 Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  • 6 Lucie Safarova (CZE)
  • 7 Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
  • 8 Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
  • 9 Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
  • 10 Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
  • 11 Angelique Kerber (GER)
  • 12 Belinda Bencic (SUI)
  • 13 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
  • 14 Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
  • 15 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
  • 16 Sara Errani (ITA)
  • 17 Elina Svitolina (UKR)
  • 18 Andrea Petkovic (GER)
  • 19 Madison Keys (USA)
  • 20 Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
  • 21 Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
  • 22 Samantha Stosur (AUS)
  • 23 Venus Williams (USA)
  • 24 Sabine Lisicki (GER)
  • 25 Eugenie Bochard (CAN)
  • 26 Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
  • 27 Alize Cornet (FRA)
  • 28 Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
  • 29 Sloane Stephens (USA)
  • 30 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
  • 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
  • 32 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)

Plus: Hantuchova, Vinci, Cibulkova, Schiavone, Giorgi, Knapp

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Martina Hingis (SUI) / Sania Mirza (IND)
  • 2 Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) / Lucie Safarova (CZE)
  • 3 Timea Babos (HUN) /Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
  • 4 Casey Dellacqua (AUS) / Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
  • 5 Caroline Garcia (FRA) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)
  • 6 Racquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Abigail Spears (USA)
  • 7 Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) / Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
  • 8 Garbine Muguruza (ESP) / Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
  • 9 Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) / Hao-Ching Chan (TPE)
  • 10 Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) / Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)
  • 11 Sara Errani (ITA) / F;avia Pennetta (ITA)
  • 12 Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) / Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
  • 13 Michaella Krajicek (NED) / Barbora Strycova (CZE)
  • 14 Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Arantca Parra Santonja (ESP)
  • 15 Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) / Andreja Klepac (SLO)
  • 16 Julia Goerges (GER) / Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (POL)

Plus: Keys/Raymond, Kuznetsova/Stosur, Bouchard/Vesnina

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Serena Williams (USA)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Elena Vesnina (RUS) / Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)

 

US OPEN
FLUSHING MEADOWS, USA
AUG 31 - SEP 13

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - Grand Slam
Prize Money: $19,852,700
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: David Brewer
Draw: S-128 D-64

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Nova Djokovic (SRB)
  • 2 Roger Federer (SUI)
  • 3 Andy Murray (GBR)
  • 4 Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • 5 Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
  • 6 Tomas Berdych (CZE)
  • 7 David Ferrer
  • 8 Rafa Nadal (ESP)
  • 9 Marin Cilic (CRO)
  • 10 Milos Raonic (CAN)
  • 11 Gilles Simon (FRA)
  • 12 Richard Gasquet (FRA)
  • 13 John Isner (USA)
  • 14 David Goffin (BEL)
  • 15 Kevin Anderson (RSA)
  • 16 Gael Monfils (FRA)
  • 17 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
  • 18 Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
  • 19 J-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
  • 20 Dominic Thiem (AUT)
  • 21 Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • 22 Viktor Troicki (SRB)
  • 23 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
  • 24 Bernard Tomic (AUS)
  • 25 Andreas Seppi (ITA)
  • 26 Tommy Robredo (ESP)
  • 27 Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
  • 28 Jack Sock (USA)
  • 29 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
  • 30 Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
  • 31 Guillermo Garcia Lopez (ESP)
  • 32 Fabio Fognini (ITA)

Plus: Haas, Verdasco, Fish, Kyrgios, Hewitt, Brown

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA)
  • 2 Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Marcelo Melo (BRA)
  • 3 Jean-Julien Roger (FRA) / Hona Tecau (ROU)
  • 4 Marcin Matkowski (POL) / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)
  • 5 Simone Bolelli (ITA) / Fabio Fognini (ITA)
  • 6 Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Florin Mergea (ROU)
  • 7 Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Marc Lopez (ESP)
  • 8 Jamie Murray (GBR) / John Peers (AUS)
  • 9 Daniel Nestor (CAN) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
  • 10 Alexander Peya (AUT) / Bruno Soarez (BRA)
  • 11 Vasek Pospisil (CAN) / Jack Sock (USA)
  • 12 Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) / Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
  • 13 Pablo Cuevas (URU) / David Marrero (ESP)
  • 14 Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) / Robert Farah (COL)
  • 15 Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Rajeev Ram (USA)
  • 16 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) / Max Mirnyi (BLR)

Plus: Haas/Stepanek, Johnson/Querrey, Paes/Verdasco. Groth/Hewitt

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Marin Cilic (CRO)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA)


Alex Olmedo?

HISTORY (from the International Tennis Hall of Fame)

CITIZENSHIP: Peru
BORN: March 22, 1936 (79)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Arequipa, Peru
PLAYED: Right-handed


Photo: International Tennis Hall of Fame

In 1959, Alex Olmedo made a pilgrimage to Center Court at the All England Club and achieved a feat that no Peruvian player had accomplished before or since: He won the Gentlemen’s Singles Championship.

The lush green grass at the All England Club has seen its share of champions, but the championships had never been won by a player hailing from Peru, a country not known for producing world-class tennis players – it didn’t even field a Davis Cup team – or turn a supremely talented player into a national treasure in quite the same fashion as Olmedo. He took his fast and aggressive game, and rocked the tennis world.


Photo: Wilson Sporting Goods

Olmedo’s championship was not necessarily a shocking surprise. He always preferred playing on fast surfaces where his athleticism could take over a match, and he arrived as the No. 1 seed at Wimbledon after winning the Australian Nationals over native Neale Fraser, 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Olmedo won all of his first four rounds, except the third, in straight sets. He found Luis Anala of Chile his most competitive match of the championships and a pesky out in the quarterfinals, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Next came No. 8 seeded Roy Emerson, always a gamer, but Olmedo dismantled the Aussie easily, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4. A young and unseeded Rod Laver awaited Olmedo in the finals, but couldn’t handle the Peruvian’s attacking style and quick reflexes, falling 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

Olemdo’s victory made a big splash, but the ripples didn’t last long. He was an active amateur playing for just two years and then turned pro in 1960. His first major victory at the Australian Championships came as the No. 2 seed over the top seeded Fraser. His third round, quarterfinal and semifinals matches were so exhausting that the final seemed like a lazy practice session, all respect to Fraser. In the third round, Aussie John Pearce squandered a 2-1 sets lead and lost 5-7, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2, 6-2. In the quarterfinals, Sweden’s Ulf Schmidt won the first two sets 6-4, 9-7, and then lost the last three sets, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5. In the semifinals, American Barry MacKay made Olmedo play the full gamut a third straight time, but even he couldn’t contain the hard-charging Olmedo, losing 3-6, 8-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.


Photo: RPP

Fresh off back-to-back major championships, Olmedo looked at the 1959 U.S. Championships to be among a select group to win three major titles. Unsurprisingly he was seeded No. 1 and his road to the finals wasn’t a particularly difficult one – it was sprinkled with two four set victories – until he met American Ron Holmberg in the semifinals. Olmedo won the match 15-13, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, but the effort likely drained him against a revenge-minded Fraser in the final. The No. 2 seeded Aussie won in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. It had been a long road for Olmedo at the U.S. event. He had first played at Forest Hills as a 15-year-old in 1951 and was defeated by Jacque Grigry, 6-0, 6-4, 6-1. In doubles competition, he and partner Ham Richardson won the 1958 U.S. National’s Men’s Doubles Championship over Sam Giammalva and Barry Mackay, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. The following year he teamed with Butch Buchholz, but Aussies Roy Emerson and Frazer stopped the duo in the final in a lengthy battle, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 4-6, 5-7.

Olmedo, who was introduced to tennis by his father, a resident pro at a local club in Arequipa, Peru, shared a similar tennis path as Mexican star Rafael Osuna. He had settled in the United States and played for University of Southern California, where he won the NCAA Intercollegiate titles in both singles and doubles in 1956 and 1958. The road diverts in that Olmedo was part of the tennis factory built by Southern California tennis czar Perry T. Jones. When the 70-year old Jones was tabbed as captain of the Davis Cup team in 1958, he fought tirelessly and successfully to land Olmedo on the team, siting the fact that his star pupil had more than three years of continuous residence, thus making him a U.S. citizen. Omeldo had staunchly refused to file for U.S. citizenship, saying he was content to remain a Peruvian citizen, and denied he was ducking U.S. citizenship to avoid being drafted into the Army. Furthermore, his native country didn’t field a team, Jones argued, making him eligible to play for the U.S. His appointment on the U.S. team was controversial, so much that Sports Illustrated featured Olmedo on the cover of the September 7, 1959 issue with a report by Bill Talbert entitled: The Enigma of Alex Olmedo. The magazine followed with subsequent story on October 20, posing a question among the tennis fraternity on whether it was right for “Peru’s Alex Olmedo to be selected for the U.S. Cup team.” From his future Hall of Fame colleagues, opinions varied.


Photo: Sports Illustrated

Don Budge: “Yes. He qualifies because he has lived in this country for the specified time. Selecting Olmedo isn’t saying there is something wrong with our tennis. However, we should stimulate more interest to match Australia’s.”

Vincent Richards: “No. It’s a sad commentary on American tennis. What’s happened to our boys? Alex is a fine player, but why make an exception for him? Pancho Segura of Ecuador, a really great player, never represented us.”

Maureen Connolly: “I’m torn between two views. It’s sad for a great country to ask an outsider to play on its team. But Peru has no Davis Cup team. Alex is a fine boy, and it would be wonderful for him to get the chance for Davis Cup play.”

The big-serving Olmedo, nicknamed “The Chief” because of his Inca heritage, single-handedly led the U.S. to the Davis Cup Championship against Australia in Brisbane, winning two singles and one doubles match. The calculating Jones slipped him into the No. 1 singles slot and dropped Ham Richardson, the top-ranked U.S. player at the time, into doubles competition. Olmedo defeated Mal Anderson in four sets on the first day of competition. On the second day, Olmedo and Richardson defeated Anderson and Fraser in a marathon match, 10-12, 3-6, 16-14, 6-3, 7-5, the sixth longest Davis Cup doubles match in history. Leading 2-1, the U.S sent Olmedo into final match against Cooper, and he silenced the critics with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 victory. The U.S. clinched a 3-2 victory and ended the Australia’s four match winning streak.


STATS

Top Ranking
World No. 2 (1959)

Grand Slam Results
3-time major champion, 3-time finalist

Career Record
Overall Record: 90-85
Singles Record: 64-50
Doubles Record: 26-35

Davis Cup
Member of the American Davis Cup Team 1958-1959
Member of the 1958 American Championship Davis Cup Team
Overall Record: 7-2
Singles Record: 5-1
Doubles Record: 2-1

GRAND SLAM BEST RESULTS

Singles
Australian Nationals: 1959
Wimbledon: 1959

Doubles
U.S. Nationals: 1958

AFTER RETIREMENT FROM THE TOUR

Alex Olmeda retired from the pro tour in 1965, and became the teaching pro at the Beverly Hills Hotel, working with Hollywood’s elite such as Katharine Hepburn, Robert Duvall, and Chevy Chase. He spent over 37 years teaching tennis at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California.

Mark Winters, staff writer for the Southern California Tennis Association, wrote in the SCTA Newsletter March 2002, "Alex Olmedo brought the year 2001 to a dramatic close. After
37 years, the “Chief” retired as director of tennis at the Beverly Hills Hotel on December 31st. “It’s the only job I have ever had,” the ever smiling Olmedo said. “When I quit the
tour in ’65 I came here because the kids were going to school in the area, and I never left. These days, you don’t find many people who have one job in their life.”


Photos (from left): Cynthia Lum, Mark Winters, Beverly Hills Hotel

Winters continues, "Having turned professional in 1960, Olmedo left the pay-for-play game after five years. To his credit, while he built the tennis program at the Beverly Hills Hotel, he returned to USC and earned a degree in Business Administration. In 1987, he was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In 2000, he was inducted in the Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame." Admitting that the years at the Beverly Hills Hotel have been “really fun”, Olmedo is not really going to disappear. “My back is a little sore so I’m going to spend more time around my home,” he admitted. “I will continue to run at the golf course (Balboa Park) with the dogs (Kaiser and Maggie), and teach at the Hotel a little bit here and there.”

Our research showed that Alex Olmedo hit tennis balls with guests of the Beverly Hills Hotel off and on until about 2010. The hotel ripped the tennis courts out in favor of large bungolows in 2011.

 

Tournament abbreviations

WC
= wildcard (given by the tournament to a player that could not get in on their ranking, or did not enter in time.

PR = protected ranking. This is used when a player has been out for a certain period of time due to injury (I think it's at least 6 months) and their ranking slips down to where they wouldn't get in on their current ranking.

Q = Qualifier.

A = Alternate. Used in qualifying when a player withdraws before their first match. Also used in main draw if there was no qualifying draw and the draw was full before the player withdrew.

LL = Lucky loser. A player that loses in qualifying (usually the final round unless none of the final round losers sign the lucky loser list) and gets into main draw when a main draw player withdraws before their first match.

SE = Special exempt. A player who signed into qualifying of a tournament, but was still playing in the previous week's tournament at the time the qualifying draw was done. This player can get a special exempt into the main draw the following week.

 

 

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