Sven Davidson

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Sven Davidson
Sven Davidson, 1957.jpg
Sven Davidson after winning the 1957 French Tennis Championships.
Country (sports)  Sweden
Born (1928-07-13)13 July 1928
Borås, Sweden
Died 28 May 2008(2008-05-28) (aged 79)
Arcadia, CA, United States
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.


Davidson 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]

Personal life[edit]

Davidson lived in Arcadia, California since the 1970s. In 1982, at age 52, he suffered a heart attack while playing a tennis match in Los Angeles.[5] He died in Arcadia on 28 May 2008 as a result of pneumonia.[6]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (1 title, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1955 French Championships Clay United States Tony Trabert 6–2, 1–6, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1956 French Championships Clay Australia Lew Hoad 4–6, 6–8, 3–6
Winner 1957 French Championships Clay United States Herbie Flam 6–3, 6–4, 6–4

Doubles (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1958 Wimbledon Grass 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.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 388. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  4. ^ "Sven Davidson". International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tennis Star Sven Davidson Suffers Heart Attack at 52". The New York Times. 18 January 1981. 
  6. ^ Richard Goldstein (7 June 2008). "Sven Davidson, 79, Hall of Famer in Tennis, Dies". The New York Times. 

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