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Alejandro "Alex" Olmedo Rodríguez (born March 24, 1936) is a former tennis player from Peru
Peru
with American citizenship. He helped win the Davis Cup
Davis Cup
for the USA in 1958 and was the No. 2 ranked amateur in 1959. Olmedo won two Majors in 1959 ( Australia
Australia
and Wimbledon) and was inducted into the Tennis
Tennis
Hall of Fame in 1987.

Contents

1 Biography 2 Grand Slam finals

2.1 Singles (2 titles, 1 runner-up) 2.2 Men's doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up) 2.3 Mixed doubles (1)

3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Although born and raised in Peru, he moved to Southern California and was mentored by Perry T. Jones, President of the Southern California Tennis
Tennis
Association[4] at the Los Angeles Tennis
Tennis
Club (LATC). George Toley recruited him to play for the University of Southern California (USC), as he wrote in his book "The Golden Age of College Tennis, 2009". Olmedo graduated with a Business Degree from USC. While there, he won the National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) Singles and Doubles Championships in 1956 and 1958.[5] (In 1957, USC was excluded from NCAA competition due to a financial contribution violation involving the football program which also suspended the tennis team.) Olmedo was ranked Amateur World No. 2 in 1959 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph.[3] Perry T. Jones became Davis Cup
Davis Cup
Captain in 1958 and recruited Olmedo from Modesto Junior College to play on the team. He represented the U.S. in Davis Cup
Davis Cup
competition in 1958 and 1959, winning in both singles and doubles – achieving all 3 of the 3 points required to win the Cup in 1958 (two singles & one doubles). His teammates were Ham Richardson
Ham Richardson
and Barry MacKay, when they won the Cup in 1958.[6] Though he was not a U.S. citizen, he was technically eligible to represent the U.S. in Davis Cup
Davis Cup
because he had lived in the country for at least five years and because his country of citizenship, Peru, did not have a Davis Cup
Davis Cup
team. His participation was very controversial, however. Sports columnist Arthur Dailey at the New York Times wrote, "This would seem to be the saddest day in the history of American tennis. A few more such rousing victories and the prestige of this country in tennis will sink to a new low." Olmedo himself refused to file for U.S. citizenship, said he was content to remain a Peruvian citizen, and denied he was ducking U.S. citizenship to avoid being drafted into the Army. Still, many Americans "took a dim view of the largest nation in the competition stooping to borrow a little player from Peru
Peru
to win the Cup".[7] Olmedo won the Australian Championships and the Wimbledon singles titles in 1959 and was the runner-up at the 1959 U.S. Championships, losing to Neale Fraser, who he defeated in the Australian Championships earlier that year. At 1959 Wimbledon, he defeated Rod Laver in 71 minutes 6–4, 6–3, 6–4. Olmedo turned professional in 1960, and that year won the US Pro title by beating Tony Trabert
Tony Trabert
in the final Olmedo was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame
International Tennis Hall of Fame
in 1987.[8] He spent over 40 years teaching tennis at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California. Grand Slam finals[edit] Singles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score

Winner 1959 Australian Championships Grass Neale Fraser 6–1, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3

Winner 1959 Wimbledon Grass Rod Laver 6–4, 6–3, 6–4

Runner-up 1959 U.S. Championships Grass Neale Fraser 3–6, 7–5, 2–6, 4–6

Men's doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Winner 1958 U.S. Championships Grass Ham Richardson Sam Giammalva Barry MacKay 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4

Runner-up 1959 U.S. Championships Grass Butch Buchholz Roy Emerson Neale Fraser 6–3, 3–6, 7–5, 4–6, 5–7

Mixed doubles (1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Runner-up 1958 U.S. Championships Grass Maria Bueno Neale Fraser Margaret Osborne duPont 3–6, 6–3, 7–9

References[edit]

^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Alex Olmedo: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017.  ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Alex Olmedo: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017.  ^ a b United States
United States
Lawn Tennis
Tennis
Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis
Tennis
(First Edition), p. 427. ^ "Hall of Famers – Perry Jones". International Tennis
Tennis
Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on July 21, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.  ^ "Alex Olmedo, Tennis
Tennis
Champion". Sports illustrated. September 7, 1998. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2009.  ^ "Hail to the Chief". Time. January 12, 1959. Retrieved July 28, 2009.  ^ "While Critics Cry, He Wins", Lakeland Ledger, August 23, 1959, page 19. ^ "Alejandro Olmedo". International Tennis
Tennis
Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Alex Olmedo at the International Tennis
Tennis
Hall of Fame Alex Olmedo at the Association of Tennis
Tennis
Professionals Alex Olmedo at the Davis Cup Alex Olmedo at the International Tennis
Tennis
Federation

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Men's tennis players who won two or more Grand Slam singles titles in one calendar year

Four wins

1938: Don Budge 1962: Rod Laver 1969: Rod Laver

Three wins

1933: Jack Crawford (AC&FC&WI) 1934: Fred Perry
Fred Perry
(AC&WI&US) 1955: Tony Trabert
Tony Trabert
(FO&WI&US) 1956: Lew Hoad
Lew Hoad
(AO&FO&WI) 1958: Ashley Cooper (AC&WI&US) 1964: Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
(AC&WI&US) 1974: Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors
(AO&WI&US) 1988: Mats Wilander
Mats Wilander
(AO&FO&US) 2004: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
(AO&WI&US) 2006: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
(AO&WI&US) 2007: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
(AO&WI&US) 2010: Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
(FO&WI&US) 2011: Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
(AO&WI&US) 2015: Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
(AO&WI&US)

Two wins

1903: Laurence Doherty
Laurence Doherty
(WI&US) 1920: Bill Tilden
Bill Tilden
(WI&US) 1921: Bill Tilden
Bill Tilden
(WI&US) 1925: René Lacoste
René Lacoste
(FC&WI) 1927: René Lacoste
René Lacoste
(FC&US) 1928: Henri Cochet
Henri Cochet
(FC&US) 1932: Ellsworth Vines
Ellsworth Vines
(WI&US) 1935: Fred Perry
Fred Perry
(FC&WI) 1936: Fred Perry
Fred Perry
(WI&US) 1937: Don Budge
Don Budge
(WI&US) 1939: Bobby Riggs
Bobby Riggs
(WI&US) 1947: Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
(WI&US) 1950: Budge Patty
Budge Patty
(FC&WI) 1951: Dick Savitt (AC&WI)) 1952: Frank Sedgman
Frank Sedgman
(WI&US) 1953: Ken Rosewall
Ken Rosewall
(AC&FO) 1959: Alex Olmedo (AC&WI) 1960: Neale Fraser
Neale Fraser
(WI&US) 1961: Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
(AC&US) 1963: Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
(AC&FC) 1965: Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
(AC&WI) 1967: Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
(AC&FC) 1967: John Newcombe
John Newcombe
(WI&US) 1973: John Newcombe
John Newcombe
(AO&US) 1977: Guillermo Vilas
Guillermo Vilas
(FO&US) 1978: Björn Borg
Björn Borg
(FO&WI) 1979: Björn Borg
Björn Borg
(FO&WI) 1980: Björn Borg
Björn Borg
(FO&WI) 1981: John McEnroe
John McEnroe
(WI&US) 1982: Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors
(WI&US) 1984: John McEnroe
John McEnroe
(WI&US) 1986: Ivan Lendl
Ivan Lendl
(FO&US) 1987: Ivan Lendl
Ivan Lendl
(FO&US) 1989: Boris Becker
Boris Becker
(WI&US) 1992: Jim Courier
Jim Courier
(AO&FO) 1993: Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
(WI&US) 1994: Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
(AO&WI) 1995: Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
(WI&US) 1997: Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
(AO&WI) 1999: Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi
(FO&US) 2005: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
(WI&US) 2008: Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
(FO&WI) 2009: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
(FO&WI) 2013: Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
(FO&US) 2016: Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
(AO&FO) 2017: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
(AO&WI) 2017: Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
(FO&US)

AC=Australasian/Australian Championships, AO=Australian Open, FC=French Championships, FO=French Open, WI=Wimbledon, US=U.S. National Championships/US Open

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Australasian and Australian Championships men's singles champions

(1905) Rodney Heath (1906) Anthony Wilding (1907) Horace Rice (1908) Fred Alexander (1909) Anthony Wilding (1910) Rodney Heath (1911) Norman Brookes (1912) James Parke (1913) Ernie Parker (1914) Arthur O'Hara Wood (1915) Gordon Lowe (1916–1918) No competition (due to World War I) (1919) Algernon Kingscote (1920) Pat O'Hara Wood (1921) Rhys Gemmell (1922) James Anderson (1923) Pat O'Hara Wood (1924) James Anderson (1925) James Anderson (1926) John Hawkes (1927) Gerald Patterson (1928) Jean Borotra (1929) John Colin Gregory (1930) Edgar Moon (1931) Jack Crawford (1932) Jack Crawford (1933) Jack Crawford (1934) Fred Perry (1935) Jack Crawford (1936) Adrian Quist (1937) Vivian McGrath (1938) Don Budge (1939) John Bromwich (1940) Adrian Quist (1941–1945) No competition (due to World War II) (1946) John Bromwich (1947) Dinny Pails (1948) Adrian Quist (1949) Frank Sedgman (1950) Frank Sedgman (1951) Dick Savitt (1952) Ken McGregor (1953) Ken Rosewall (1954) Mervyn Rose (1955) Ken Rosewall (1956) Lew Hoad (1957) Ashley Cooper (1958) Ashley Cooper (1959) Alex Olmedo (1960) Rod Laver (1961) Roy Emerson (1962) Rod Laver (1963) Roy Emerson (1964) Roy Emerson (1965) Roy Emerson (1966) Roy Emerson (1967) Roy Emerson (1968) William Bowrey

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Pre Open Era Wimbledon gentlemen's singles champions

(1877) Spencer Gore (1878) Frank Hadow (1879) John Hartley (1880) John Hartley (1881) William Renshaw (1882) William Renshaw (1883) William Renshaw (1884) William Renshaw (1885) William Renshaw (1886) William Renshaw (1887) Herbert Lawford (1888) Ernest Renshaw (1889) William Renshaw (1890) Willoughby Hamilton (1891) Wilfred Baddeley (1892) Wilfred Baddeley (1893) Joshua Pim (1894) Joshua Pim (1895) Wilfred Baddeley (1896) Harold Mahony (1897) Reginald Doherty (1898) Reginald Doherty (1899) Reginald Doherty (1900) Reginald Doherty (1901) Arthur Gore (1902) Laurence Doherty (1903) Laurence Doherty (1904) Laurence Doherty (1905) Laurence Doherty (1906) Laurence Doherty (1907) Norman Brookes (1908) Arthur Gore (1909) Arthur Gore (1910) Anthony Wilding (1911) Anthony Wilding (1912) Anthony Wilding (1913) Anthony Wilding (1914) Norman Brookes (1915–18) No competition (due to World War I) (1919) Gerald Patterson (1920) Bill Tilden (1921) Bill Tilden (1922) Gerald Patterson (1923) Bill Johnston (1924) Jean Borotra (1925) René Lacoste (1926) Jean Borotra (1927) Henri Cochet (1928) René Lacoste (1929) Henri Cochet (1930) Bill Tilden (1931) Sidney Wood (1932) Ellsworth Vines (1933) Jack Crawford (1934) Fred Perry (1935) Fred Perry (1936) Fred Perry (1937) Don Budge (1938) Don Budge (1939) Bobby Riggs (1940–45) No competition (due to World War II) (1946) Yvon Petra (1947) Jack Kramer (1948) Bob Falkenburg (1949) Ted Schroeder (1950) Budge Patty (1951) Dick Savitt (1952) Frank Sedgman (1953) Vic Seixas (1954) Jaroslav Drobný (1955) Tony Trabert (1956) Lew Hoad (1957) Lew Hoad (1958) Ashley Cooper (1959) Alex Olmedo (1960) Neale Fraser (1961) Rod Laver (1962) Rod Laver (1963) Chuck McKinley (1964) Roy Emerson (1965) Roy Emerson (1966) Manuel Santana (1967) John Newcombe

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U.S. National Championships men's doubles champions

(1881) Clarence Clark / Frederick Winslow Taylor (1882) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1883) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1884) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1885) Richard Sears / Joseph Clark (1886) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1887) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1888) Oliver Campbell
Oliver Campbell
/ Valentine Hall (1889) Henry Slocum / Howard Taylor (1890) Valentine Hall / Clarence Hobart (1891) Oliver Campbell
Oliver Campbell
/ Bob Huntington (1892) Oliver Campbell
Oliver Campbell
/ Bob Huntington (1893) Clarence Hobart
Clarence Hobart
/ Frederick Hovey (1894) Clarence Hobart
Clarence Hobart
/ Frederick Hovey (1895) Malcolm Greene Chace
Malcolm Greene Chace
/ Robert Wrenn (1896) Carr Neel
Carr Neel
/ Sam Neel (1897) Leo Ware
Leo Ware
/ George Sheldon (1898) Leo Ware
Leo Ware
/ George Sheldon (1899) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Dwight F. Davis (1900) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Dwight F. Davis (1901) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Dwight F. Davis (1902) Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty (1903) Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty (1904) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Beals Wright (1905) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Beals Wright (1906) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Beals Wright (1907) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Hackett (1908) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Hackett (1909) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Hackett (1910) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Hackett (1911) Raymond Little / Gus Touchard (1912) Maurice E. McLoughlin
Maurice E. McLoughlin
/ Tom Bundy (1913) Maurice E. McLoughlin
Maurice E. McLoughlin
/ Tom Bundy (1914) Maurice E. McLoughlin
Maurice E. McLoughlin
/ Tom Bundy (1915) Clarence Griffin
Clarence Griffin
/ Bill Johnston (1916) Clarence Griffin
Clarence Griffin
/ Bill Johnston (1917) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Throckmorton (1918) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ Bill Tilden (1919) Norman Brookes
Norman Brookes
/ Gerald Patterson (1920) Clarence Griffin
Clarence Griffin
/ Bill Johnston (1921) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ Bill Tilden (1922) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ Bill Tilden (1923) Brian Norton
Brian Norton
/ Bill Tilden (1924) Howard Kinsey
Howard Kinsey
/ Robert Kinsey (1925) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ R. Norris Williams (1926) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ R. Norris Williams (1927) Francis Hunter
Francis Hunter
/ Bill Tilden (1928) George Lott / John F. Hennessey (1929) George Lott / Johnny Doeg (1930) George Lott / Johnny Doeg (1931) Wilmer Allison / John Van Ryn (1932) Ellsworth Vines
Ellsworth Vines
/ Keith Gledhill (1933) George Lott / Lester Stoefen (1934) George Lott / Lester Stoefen (1935) Wilmer Allison / John Van Ryn (1936) Don Budge
Don Budge
/ Gene Mako (1937) Gottfried von Cramm
Gottfried von Cramm
/ Henner Henkel (1938) Don Budge
Don Budge
/ Gene Mako (1939) John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Adrian Quist (1940) Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
/ Ted Schroeder (1941) Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
/ Ted Schroeder (1942) Gardnar Mulloy / Bill Talbert (1943) Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
/ Frank Parker (1944) Bob Falkenburg / Don McNeill (1945) Gardnar Mulloy / Bill Talbert (1946) Gardnar Mulloy / Bill Talbert (1947) Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
/ Ted Schroeder (1948) Gardnar Mulloy / Bill Talbert (1949) John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Bill Sidwell (1950) John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Frank Sedgman (1951) Ken McGregor
Ken McGregor
/ Frank Sedgman (1952) Mervyn Rose
Mervyn Rose
/ Vic Seixas (1953) Rex Hartwig
Rex Hartwig
/ Mervyn Rose (1954) Vic Seixas
Vic Seixas
/ Tony Trabert (1955) Kosei Kamo / Atsushi Miyagi (1956) Lew Hoad
Lew Hoad
/ Ken Rosewall (1957) Ashley Cooper / Neale Fraser (1958) Alex Olmedo / Ham Richardson (1959) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Neale Fraser (1960) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Neale Fraser (1961) Chuck McKinley / Dennis Ralston (1962) Rafael Osuna / Antonio Palafox (1963) Chuck McKinley / Dennis Ralston (1964) Chuck McKinley / Dennis Ralston (1965) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Fred Stolle (1966) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Fred Stolle (1967) John Newcombe
John Newcombe

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