Marten Mendez

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A. Marten Mendez (1916-1994) was an American badminton player of Mexican descent who won national titles and represented his country internationally in the late 1940s and early 1950s.[1] Known for his swift court coverage and stamina, Mendez won the U.S. men's singles title in 1949, 1950, and 1952,[2] and reached the final in 1948 and 1951. He was a member of the 1948-1949 and 1951-1952 U.S. Thomas Cup (men's international) teams which made strong runs at the world championship. In the '51-'52 series, at the age of 36, Mendez won three of his four singles matches against India and Malaya in Singapore's equatorial heat, losing only to the great Wong Peng Soon.[3] Mendez was elected to the U.S. Badminton Hall of Fame in 1967.[4]