Originally Posted by Limpinhitter
I wonder if Ashe was the only Amature to win an open major. I think Stan Smith was still in the Army when he won the 1971 USO and 1972 Wimbledon titles. Was he an amateur as well?
Except from mid-December 1970 to early April 1971 when Smith was really in the Army the rest of the time it was an honorary position. It is possible that Smith gave some of his earnings to the Army but not all : he was an independent pro (as Nastase, Orantes and others ...).