Luis Ayala (tennis)

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Luis Ayala
Luis Ayala (1956).jpg
Full name Luis Alberto Ayala
Country (sports)  Chile
Residence United States
Born (1932-09-18) 18 September 1932 (age 84)
Santiago, Chile
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro 1962 (amateur tour from 1950)
Retired 1970
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Highest ranking No. 5 (1958, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open F (1958, 1960)
Wimbledon QF (1959, 1960, 1961)
US Open QF (1957, 1959)
Professional majors
US Pro QF (1965, 1966, 1967)
Wembley Pro 1R (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965)
French Pro QF (1961, 1965)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 1R (1969)
Wimbledon 1R (1968, 1969)
US Open 2R (1968, 1969, 1970)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1956)

Luis Alberto Ayala Salinas (born 18 September 1932) is a Chilean former tennis player who competed in the 1950s and 1960s.[2] He was twice a singles runner-up at the French Championships. In 1958 he was seeded fifth and reached the final after a victory against first-seeded and world No. 1 Ashley Cooper in the semifinal. In the final, however, he was defeated in straight sets by Mervyn Rose while in 1960 he lost the final in fives sets to Nicola Pietrangeli.[3] Together with Thelma Coyne Long he won the mixed doubles title at the 1956 French Championships. He won the prestigious singles title at the Italian Open in 1959, defeating Neale Fraser in the final in four sets. The following year,1960, he again reached the final but lost in five sets to Barry MacKay.

Luis Ayala in 1964

Between 1952 and 1960 Ayala played in 18 ties for the Chilean Davis Cup team and compiled a record of 37 wins and 14 losses. During this period the best performance was reaching the semifinal of the Europe zone in 1955 which they lost to Sweden, despite Ayala winning both his singles matches against Lennart Bergelin and Sven Davidson.[4]

In 1961 he turned professional and joined Jack Kramer's tour.[5] When he retired, he became a tennis professional at River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. Currently, he is the Director of Tennis at the Forest Club in Houston, Texas.

Ayala was ranked World No. 5 for 1958 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph (and No. 6 for 1959, No. 7 for 1960 and 1961).[1]

Grand slams finals[edit]

Singles (2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1958 Roland Garros Clay Australia Mervyn Rose 3–6, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1960 Roland Garros Clay Italy Nicola Pietrangeli 6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 6–4, 3–6

Mixed doubles: (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1955 French Championships Clay Australia Jenny Staley Hoad United States Darlene Hard
South Africa Gordon Forbes
7–5, 1–6, 2–6
Winner 1956 French Championships Clay Australia Thelma Coyne Long United States Doris Hart
Australia Bob Howe
4–6, 6–4, 6–1


  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 427.
  2. ^ "Mackay, Ayala Tennis Winners .". The Telegraph. Associated Press. 15 July 1965. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Luis Ayala: El chileno que descolló en Roland Garros" (in Spanish). Guioteca. 31 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Davis Cup players – Luis Ayala". International Tennis Federation (ITF). 
  5. ^ "Ayala Looking To Future". The Miami News. AP. 24 September 1961. p. 4C. 

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