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)
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)
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]



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


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



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


  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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