Dick Savitt

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Dick Savitt
Full nameRichard Savitt
Country (sports) United States
Born(1927-03-04)March 4, 1927
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedJanuary 6, 2023(2023-01-06) (aged 95)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Turned pro1944 (amateur tour)
Retired1952 (played part-time afterwards)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CollegeCornell University (57–2 record in singles)
Int. Tennis HoF1976 (member page)
Highest rankingNo. 1 (July 1951, NY Times)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1951)
French OpenQF (1951, 1952)
WimbledonW (1951)
US OpenSF (1950, 1951)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenF (1951, 1952)
Medal record
Maccabiah Games
Gold medal – first place 1961 Israel Men's Singles
Gold medal – first place 1961 Israel Men's Doubles

Richard Savitt (March 4, 1927 – January 6, 2023) was an American tennis player.[2][3][4]

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,[4] though was declared world No. 1 by The New York Times and The Owosso Argus-Press following his Wimbledon victory.[1][5] He retired the next 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 and 1997).

Savitt died on January 6, 2023, in Manhattan, New York City. He was 95.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "American Sweeps 60-minute Match", The New York Times, July 7, 1951.
  2. Michael Feldberg (2002). Blessings of Freedom: Chapters in American Jewish history. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. ISBN 0-88125-756-7.
  3. David J. Goldman (2006). Jewish Sports Stars: Athletic Heroes Past and Present. Kar-Ben Publishing. ISBN 1-58013-183-2.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Joseph Siegman (2000). Jewish sports legends: the International Jewish Hall of Fame. Brassey's. ISBN 1-57488-284-8.
  5. "Dick Savitt Beats Ken McGregor Again for Men's Singles Title", The Owosso Argus-Press, July 7, 1951.