Sven Davidson

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Sven Davidson
Sven Davidson, 1957.jpg
Sven Davidson after winning the 1957 French Tennis Championships.
Country  Sweden
Born (1928-07-13)13 July 1928
Borås, Sweden
Died 28 May 2008(2008-05-28) (aged 79)
Arcadia, CA, USA
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 2007 (member page)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 3 (1957, Adrian Quist)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1955)
French Open W (1957)
Wimbledon SF (1957)
US Open SF (1957)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1958)

Sven Davidson (13 July 1928 – 28 May 2008) was a Swedish tennis player who became the first Swede to win a Grand Slam title when he won the French Championships in 1957. He had reached the final in the two previous years but lost against Tony Trabert and Lew Hoad.[2][3] In 1958 he partnered with Ulf Schmidt to win the doubles title at the Wimbledon Championships defeating the Australian pair Ashley Cooper and Neale Fraser in three straight sets.

Davidson reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3.[1][4]

He played for the Swedish Davis Cup team between 1950 and 1960.[2]

Davidson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007.[2]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Titles[edit]

Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
1957 French Championships Clay United States Herbie Flam 6–3, 6–4, 6–4

Runner-up[edit]

Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
1955 French Championships Clay United States Tony Trabert 6–2, 1–6, 4–6, 2–6
1956 French Championships Clay Australia Lew Hoad 4–6, 6–8, 3–6

Doubles[edit]

Titles[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1958 Wimbledon Sweden Ulf Schmidt Australia Ashley Cooper
Australia Neale Fraser
6–4, 6–4, 8–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Times Have Changed, Says Adrian Quist", The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 October 1957.
  2. ^ a b c Richard Evans (4 June 2008). "Sven Davidson; The first Swedish tennis player to win a Grand Slam title". Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 388. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  4. ^ "Sven Davidson". International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 

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