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Old 03-17-2013, 07:22 AM   #24
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He's up there though. Perhaps someone could better list his notable achievements?
Big achievements of Pancho Gonzales
  • Won 2 US Championships as an amateur in 1948 and 1949
  • Won 3 Wembley Pros in a row in 1950, 1951 and 1952
  • Added a fourth Wembley Pro title in 1956
  • Won 7 US Pros in a row in 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959
  • Didn't play the 1960 US Pro, but won his 8th US Pro title in 1961
  • Won 3 consecutive Tournament of Champions titles in 1956, 1957 and 1958
  • Won the head-to-head World Pro Tours of 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1961, which were the biggest events in professional tennis at the time. The only head-to-head World Pro Tour that Gonzales lost was to Kramer in 1950 (27-96). 1954 was Gonzales beating Segura, Sedgman and Budge. 1956 was Gonzales beating Trabert (74-27), 1957 was Gonzales beating Rosewall (50-26), 1958 was Gonzales beating Hoad (51-36), 1959 was Gonzales beating Hoad, Cooper and Anderson, 1960 was Gonzales beating Rosewall, Segura and Olmedo. And 1961 was Gonzales beating Gimeno, Hoad, MacKay, Olmedo, Buchholz and Sedgman.
  • I personally have Gonzales as world number 1 for 8 years in a row (1954-1961), and it's pretty close at the top in 1952 between Segura and Gonzales without a big head-to-head tour involving Kramer that year.
  • At the age of 41, Gonzales saved 7 match points, twice from 0-40 down, during his 1969 Wimbledon first round match against Pasarell. Gonzales won the match 22-24, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9, and is thought to be the biggest reason behind the introduction of the tiebreak into tennis from 1970-1973
  • Capable of beating Rod Laver in 5 sets during Laver's peak in a $10,000 winner takes all match, which he did in February 1970.
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