Sven Davidson after winning the 1957 French Tennis Championships.
13 July 1928|
|Died||28 May 2008
Arcadia, CA, United States
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||2007 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (1957, Adrian Quist)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1955)|
|French Open||W (1957)|
|US Open||SF (1957)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
Davidson had reached the final in the two previous years but lost against Tony Trabert and Lew Hoad. 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 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. He died in Arcadia on 28 May 2008 as a result of pneumonia.
Grand Slam finals
Singles (1 title, 2 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1955||French Championships||Clay||Tony Trabert||6–2, 1–6, 4–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||1956||French Championships||Clay||Lew Hoad||4–6, 6–8, 3–6|
|Winner||1957||French Championships||Clay||Herbie Flam||6–3, 6–4, 6–4|
Doubles (1 title)
|Winner||1958||Wimbledon||Grass||Ulf Schmidt|| Ashley Cooper
|6–4, 6–4, 8–6|
- "Times Have Changed, Says Adrian Quist", The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 October 1957.
- Richard Evans (4 June 2008). "Sven Davidson; The first Swedish tennis player to win a Grand Slam title". Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
- Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 388. ISBN 978-0942257700.
- "Sven Davidson". International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- "Tennis Star Sven Davidson Suffers Heart Attack at 52". The New York Times. 18 January 1981.
- Richard Goldstein (7 June 2008). "Sven Davidson, 79, Hall of Famer in Tennis, Dies". The New York Times.