Iván Molina

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Iván Molina
Country  Colombia
Born (1946-06-16) June 16, 1946 (age 68)
Maceo, Colombia
Plays Left-handed
Singles
Career record 142–184
Career titles 0-2
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 2R (1978)
Wimbledon 2R (1972, 1973)
US Open 2R (1975, 1977)
Doubles
Career record 102–147
Career titles 2-8
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 3R (1971, 1973, 1975)
Wimbledon 2R (1972, 1974)
US Open 2R (1972)
Mixed Doubles
Career record 25-11
Career titles 1-1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1974)
Wimbledon QF (1972)
US Open 3R (1972)

Iván Molina (born June 16, 1946 in Maceo[1][2]) is a former professional Colombian tennis player.

Molina and Martina Navratilova teamed to win the 1974 French Open mixed doubles title, beating Rosie Reyes Darmon and Marcello Lara 6–3, 6–3 in the final.[3] Together with Florenţa Mihai, he reached the French Open mixed doubles final in 1977, losing to Mary Carillo and John McEnroe. The 6-foot-tall (1.8 m) left-hander played 46 matches in the Davis Cup for Colombia from 1970 to 1979, winning 15 and losing 14 of his singles matches and winning 7 and losing 10 of his doubles matches. He played 8 Tennis Grand Prix doubles finals (1 win) and 2 singles finals (no wins) and reached his highest singles ranking of 22 in April 1976 on the Grand Prix. He is considered to be the best Colombian tennis player of all time.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed doubles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1974 French Open Clay Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova Mexico Marcello Lara
Mexico Rosie Reyes Darmon
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1977 French Open Clay Romania Florenţa Mihai United States Mary Carillo
United States John McEnroe
7–6, 6–3

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)[edit]

Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 28 April 1975 Nice International Championships, Nice, France Clay Australia Dick Crealy 7-6, 3-6, 3-6
Runner-up 2. 27 October 1975 Aryamehr Cup, Téhéran, Iran Clay United States Eddie Dibbs 6-1, 4-6, 5-7, 4-6

Doubles: 10 (2 titles-8 runner-up)[edit]

Finals by Surface
Hard (0–3)
Clay (2–5)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 23 July 1973 Dutch Open, Netherlands Clay Australia Allan Stone Spain Andrés Gimeno
Spain Antonio Muñoz
4-6, 7-6, 6-4
Runner-up 1. 26 November 1973 ATP Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Chile Patricio Cornejo Argentina Ricardo Cano
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
7-6, 6-3
Runner-up 2. 18 February 1974 ATP Birmingham, USA Hard Greece Nicholas Kalogeropoulos Australia Ian Fletcher
United States Sandy Mayer
4-6, 7-6, 6-1
Runner-up 3. 18 March 1974 Salt Lake City Open, USA Indoor Colombia Jairo Velasco United States Jimmy Connors
United States Vitas Gerulaitis
6–2, 6–7, 5–7
Winner 2. 22 July 1974 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Colombia Jairo Velasco Czechoslovakia František Pala
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
2–6, 7–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 20 October 1974 Calgary, Canada Indoor Colombia Jairo Velasco West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
West Germany Karl Meiler
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 5 May 1974 Nice International Championships,France Clay Colombia Jairo Velasco Mexico Marcello Lara
Mexico Joaquín Loyo Mayo
6-7, 7-6, 8-6´
Runner-up 6. 18 March 1977 ATP Florence, Italy Clay Colombia Jairo Velasco New Zealand Chris Lewis
New Zealand Russell Simpson
6–2, 6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 1 October 1979 ATP Bordeaux, France Clay France Bernard Fritz France Patrice Dominguez
France Denis Naegelen
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 8 November 1979 Quito Open, Ecuador Clay Colombia Jairo Velasco Chile Jaime Fillol
Chile Álvaro Fillol
7–6, 3–6, 1–6

Singles Performance Timeline[edit]

Current till 1978 French Open.

Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
France French Open A 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1–9
United Kingdom Wimbledon A A 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R A A A A 2–5
United States US Open A A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R A 1R A 2–7
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–3 0–3 1–3 0–3 2–2 0–1 0–2 0–1 5–21
Year End Ranking - - 54 94 54 91 95 101 100 - -

Doubles Performance Timeline[edit]

Current till 1975 French Open.

Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
France French Open A 3R A 3R 2R 3R 2R 1R 1R A 1R A 2R 9–9
United Kingdom Wimbledon A A 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R A A A A A A 2–5
United States US Open A A 2R A A A A A A A A A A 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 12–15

Mixed Performance Timeline[edit]

Current till 1974 French Open.

Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
France French Open A 2R A A W QF QF F 2R A A 19–5
United Kingdom Wimbledon A 1R QF 2R A 1R 1R A A A A 4–5
United States US Open A A 3R A A A A A A A A 2–1
Win–Loss 0–0 1–2 5–2 1–1 6–0 3–2 3–2 5–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 25–11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El legendario Iván Molina vuelve a Medellín a dictar cátedra" (in Spanish). Medellín: El Colombiano. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Other sources cite Bogota (official ATP webcite) or Maceo, Antioquia (profile at the Colomvian portal Tras La Cola de La Rata) as his birthplace
  3. ^ "Iván Molina" (in Spanish). Semana. 2 February 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 

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