Lito Álvarez

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Lito Álvarez
Country (sports) Argentina Argentina
Residence Santa Monica, California
Born (1947-12-05) 5 December 1947 (age 69)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Plays Right-handed
Career record 47–115
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 104 (15 Dec 1975)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 2R (1975, 1976, 1978)
Wimbledon 2R (1977)
US Open 2R (1975)
Career record 87–121
Career titles 1
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 2R (1976, 1978)
Wimbledon 3R (1973, 1978)
US Open 2R (1979)

Elio "Lito" Álvarez (born 5 December 1947) is a former professional tennis player from Argentina.[1]


Álvarez played collegiate tennis for the UCLA Bruins, on the same team as Jimmy Connors, in the early 1970s.[2]

He appeared in eight Davis Cup ties for Argentina from 1970 to 1978.[3] He played mainly in doubles rubbers but had two wins in the singles, against Carlos Kirmayr and Luis Felipe Tavares, both of Brazil.[3] His doubles record was 4/4 and his partners included Guillermo Vilas and José Luis Clerc.[3]

Álvarez made the second round of the singles draw at a Grand Slam tournament five times, from 14 attempts, but was unable to progress any further.[4]

As well as being runner-up at the Dutch Open in 1977, Álvarez made six Grand Prix/WCT doubles finals, for one win, at Sao Paulo in 1976.[5]

Grand Prix/WCT career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1977 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay France Patrick Proisy 0–6, 2–6, 0–6

Doubles: 6 (1–5)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1974 Dublin, Ireland Venezuela Jorge Andrew Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell
South Africa John Yuill
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 1974 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Argentina Julián Ganzábal Argentina Tito Vázquez
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
2–6, 6–3, 1–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 1976 São Paulo, Brazil Carpet Paraguay Víctor Pecci Argentina Ricardo Cano
Chile Belus Prajoux
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 1976 Santiago, Chile Clay Chile Belus Prajoux Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile Hans Gildemeister
3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 5. 1977 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas Poland Wojtek Fibak
Romania Ion Țiriac
5–7, 6–0, 6–7
Runner-up 6. 1978 Cairo, Egypt Clay United States George Hardie Egypt Ismail El-Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
3–6, 5–7, 2–6