|Full name||Richard Savitt|
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||March 4, 1927|
Bayonne, New Jersey
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Turned pro||1944 (amateur tour)|
|Retired||1952 (played part-time afterwards)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|College||Cornell University (57–2 record in singles)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1976 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (July 1951, NY Times)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1951)|
|French Open||QF (1951, 1952)|
|US Open||SF (1950, 1951)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||F (1951, 1952)|
In 1951, at the age of 24, he won both the Australian and Wimbledon men's singles championships. Savitt was mostly ranked World No. 2 the same year behind fellow amateur Frank Sedgman, though was declared World No. 1 by The New York Times and The Owosso Argus-Press following his Wimbledon victory.
Savitt retired the following year. Savitt is one of four American men who have won both the Australian and British Championships in one year, following Don Budge (1938) and preceding Jimmy Connors (1974) and Pete Sampras (1994 & 1997).
References[change | change source]
- "American Sweeps 60-minute Match", The New York Times, July 7, 1951.
- Michael Feldberg (2002). Blessings of Freedom: Chapters in American Jewish history. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. ISBN 0-88125-756-7.
- David J. Goldman (2006). Jewish Sports Stars: Athletic Heroes Past and Present. Kar-Ben Publishing. ISBN 1-58013-183-2.
- Joseph Siegman (2000). Jewish sports legends: the International Jewish Hall of Fame. Brassey's. ISBN 1-57488-284-8.
- "Dick Savitt Beats Ken McGregor Again for Men's Singles Title", The Owosso Argus-Press, July 7, 1951.