Jan-Erik Lundquist

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Jan-Erik Lundquist
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Country  Sweden
Residence Stockholm, Sweden
Born (1937-04-14) April 14, 1937 (age 77)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 191 cm
Turned pro 1954 (amateur tour)
Retired 1969
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career titles 35
Highest ranking No. 3 (1964, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1959)
French Open SF (1961, 1964)
Wimbledon 4R (1960, 1963)
US Open 3R (1962)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1959)
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (1962, 1964)

Jan-Erik Lundquist (born 14 April 1937, in Stockholm) is a former Swedish international tennis player. During the entire 1960s he was Sweden's best tennis player.

At the height of his career, Jan-Erik won at least 35 international titles and played 91 Davis Cup-matches from 1957 to 1970.

Lundquist was ranked among the 10 best amateur players (rankings made by leading tennis journalist Lance Tingay at the Daily Telegraph) in the world during most of the 1960s, reaching as high as World No. 3 in 1964.[1]

Lundquist declined professional offers from Jack Kramer and his tennis circus in 1962 and 1965.

The Davis Cup anchor[edit]

The Swedish Davis Cup team with Lundqvist as anchor celebrated taking a number of triumphs, including reaching Inter-Zonal final against Mexico in 1962 and Australia in 1964. Lundquist is the most successful Davis Cup single player Sweden has ever had with his 47 wins.

35 international titles in 46 finals[edit]

In 1964 he won, among other titles, Italian Open (tennis) and was ranked number 3 in the World after Roy Emerson and Fred Stolle.

In U.S.A in 1965 Jan-Erik was appointed the best indoor player in the world after winning the National Indoor Championships (nowadays the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships), French Open Indoors (which Jan-Erik won 1962, 1963, 1966), German Open Indoors and Scandinavian Indoor Championships (which Jan-Erik won 1960, 1963, 1967, 1970).

Other major championships that Lundquist won was The British Hard Court Championships in 1965 and 1967, The Pacific Coast Championships (nowadays the SAP Open) in 1962, The South American Outdoor Championships (nowadays the ATP Buenos Aires) in 1962 and The Swedish Open in 1963.

For a complete documentation over Jan-Erik's officially documented Championship finals and wins, read more at http://janeriklundqvist.se/eng/eng-finals.html.

Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Lundqvist reached the semi-finals twice (1961 and 1964) at the French Open. Both times he lost to the Italian player Nicola Pietrangeli.

During 1958-1965 the official documentations say that Jan-Erik participated 7 times in the French Open, 6 times in The Championships, Wimbledon, 1 time in US Open (tennis) and 1 time in Australian Open.

The tennis player[edit]

As a tennis player, Jan-Erik was known for his aggressive playing style hitting the ball a long distance in front of the body. Hi had a very good first serve that not seldom directly gave him the point. In a Davis Cup match in Båstad (with clay as the surface) in 1962 against South African Cliff Drysdale he won a serve game without losing a point - after four straight aces. Through his extraordinary technical feeling and tactical sensitivity, he developed a special skill in hitting surprising hard sliced and totally unreachable stop balls. It was mainly on clay and outdoors he reached his greatest successes. He had in his strongest form in the beginning of the 1960s with few superiors on clay. He defeated many of the contemporary highest ranked players like Manuel Santana, Nicola Pietrangeli, Fred Stolle, Roy Emerson and Neale Fraser.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 427.