|Full name||Alan Abraham Segal|
23 October 1930 |
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Plays||Left-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1954)|
|French Open||3R (1955, 1957, 1961, 1962)|
|US Open||4R (1956)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1954)|
|French Open||F (1958, 1963)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1964)|
|Davis Cup||FEu (1965)|
Abe Segal (born 23 October 1930 in Johannesburg) is a former South African tennis player. During the 1950s and '60s, he was the doubles partner of Gordon Forbes. Together, they were considered one of the best doubles teams in the world.
Due to South Africa's policy of Apartheid, Alex Metreveli and István Gulyás both refused to compete in the 1964 Wimbledon against Segal, a white South African. This prompted the International Lawn Tennis Federation to pass a resolution prohibiting racial discrimination and dropping out of the tournament except due to "health or bereavement"
He played for the South African Davis Cup team in 19 ties in the years 1955, 57, 59, 61-65 and compiled a record of 24 wins and 14 losses.
Grand Slam finals
- Runner-ups (2)
|Year||Championship||Partner||Opponent in final||Score|
|1958||French Championships||Robert Howe|| Ashley Cooper
|6–3, 6–8, 3–6, 5–7|
|1963||French Championships||Gordon Forbes|| Roy Emerson
|2–6, 4–6, 4–6|
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