Vic Seixas

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Vic Seixas
Vic Seixas.jpg
Seixas in 1954
Full name Elias Victor Seixas Jr.
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1923-08-30) August 30, 1923 (age 94)
Philadelphia, United States
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1940
Retired 1970
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF 1971 (member page)
Career record 127–45
Highest ranking No. 1 (1953, Reading Eagle)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1953)
French Open F (1953)
Wimbledon W (1953)
US Open W (1954)
Career record 4–9
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1955)
French Open W (1954, 1955)
Wimbledon F (1952, 1954)
US Open W (1952, 1954)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1953)
Wimbledon W (1953, 1954, 1955, 1956)
US Open W (1953, 1954, 1955)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1954)

Elias Victor Seixas Jr. (English pronunciation: /ˈseɪʃəs/; born August 30, 1923)[2] is an American former tennis player.

Early life[edit]

Seixas was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Anna Victoria (Moon), who was of Irish descent, and Elias Victor Seixas Sr., who was born in Brazil, of Portuguese Sephardi Jewish ancestry.[3][4][5][6][7] He attended and graduated from the William Penn Charter School, where he was a tennis star.[8][9][10][11]

After serving in World War II, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), where he was a member of Alpha Sigma of the Chi Psi fraternity. He graduated in 1949, the same year that UNC awarded him the Patterson Medal in athletics.

Thirteen times he was ranked in the Top Ten in the U.S. between 1942 and 1956. In 1951 Seixas was ranked No. 4 in the world, two spots below Dick Savitt, while he was No. 1 in the U.S. ranking, one spot ahead of Savitt. In 1953, Seixas was ranked No. 3 in the world by Lance Tingay, and was also cited as being the World No. 1 in the Reading Eagle newspaper the same year.[1]

Tennis career[edit]

In a very long career, Seixas won scores of singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles. He entered the U. S. Championships men's singles a record 28 times between 1940 and 1969.[12] His career was interrupted for three years by World War II, during which he served as a pilot in the United States Army Air Forces. He also became an All-American during his years at UNC.

His major singles wins include Wimbledon in 1953 over Kurt Nielsen and the U.S. National (U.S. Open) in 1954 over Rex Hartwig.

He was also a successful doubles and mixed doubles player. In 1952 he won the U.S. National doubles with Mervyn Rose. In the mid-fifties he formed a successful partnership with Tony Trabert, winning the 1954 French and U.S. Championships as well as the 1955 Australian and French Championships. Additionally they won the decisive third point in the 1954 Davis Cup win over Australia. Seixas won four consecutive mixed doubles crowns at Wimbledon from 1953–56, the first three with Doris Hart and the fourth with Shirley Fry; the U.S. National mixed doubles from 1953–55, all with Doris Hart; and the French Championships mixed doubles in 1953, with Doris Hart.

In 1966, Seixas was rated as the Senior Squash Champion of America.

Davis Cup[edit]

Seixas and Trabert won the Davis Cup in 1954, against Australia. Seixas is rated fifth in the category of Most Davis Cup Singles matches (24), just behind Bill Tilden (25) and Arthur Ashe (27). He served three times as Captain of the US Davis Cup team. He was 38–17 lifetime in Davis Cup matches.[13]

Halls of Fame[edit]

Seixas was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971.[14]

He was inducted into the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Hall of Fame.[15]

After tennis retirement[edit]

Seixas was a stockbroker from the late 1950s until the early 1970s. Afterwards, he worked as a tennis director for the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and at a Hilton Hotel in New Orleans. He moved to California in 1989 where he established a tennis program at the Harbor Point Racquet and Beach Club in Mill Valley (Marin County). In 1998, unable to play tennis any longer due to his knees, he chose to become a bartender.[16]

He is currently the oldest living male Grand Slam singles champion.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1951 U.S. Championships Grass Australia Frank Sedgman 6–4, 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 1953 French Championships Clay Australia Ken Rosewall 6–3, 6–4, 1–6, 6–2
Winner 1953 Wimbledon Grass Denmark Kurt Nielsen 9–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1953 U.S. Championships Grass United States Tony Trabert 6–3, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 1954 U.S. Championships Grass Australia Rex Hartwig 3–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–4

Men's doubles: 8 (5 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1952 Wimbledon Grass South Africa Eric Sturgess Australia Ken McGregor
Australia Frank Sedgman
6–3, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 1952 U.S. Championships Grass Australia Mervyn Rose Australia Ken McGregor
Australia Frank Sedgman
3–6, 10–8, 10–8, 6–8, 8–6
Winner 1954 French Championships Clay United States Tony Trabert Australia Lew Hoad
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–4, 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 1954 Wimbledon Grass United States Tony Trabert Australia Rex Hartwig
Australia Mervyn Rose
6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 1954 U.S. Championships Grass United States Tony Trabert Australia Lew Hoad
Australia Ken Rosewall
3–6, 6–4, 8–6, 6–3
Winner 1955 Australian Championships Grass United States Tony Trabert Australia Lew Hoad
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–3, 6–2, 2–6, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 1955 French Championships Clay United States Tony Trabert Italy Nicola Pietrangeli
Italy Orlando Sirola
6–1, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 1956 U.S. Championships Grass United States Ham Richardson Australia Lew Hoad
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–2, 6–2, 3–6, 6–4

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian A A A A A A A A A A A A A SF QF QF A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
French A A A A A A A A A A QF A A F QF 4R A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Wimbledon A A A A A A A A A A SF A QF W QF 2R SF QF A A A A A A A A A 2R A 1R
U.S. 3R 3R 2R A 2R A 3R 4R 4R 1R 3R F 4R F W SF SF QF QF 4R 4R 3R 4R 3R 4R 4R 2R 2R 2R 1R

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Seixas Tests Shea in Eastern Tennis", Reading Eagle, August 6, 1953.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Current Biography Yearbook. H. W. Wilson Co. 1953. 
  4. ^ ".". Youngstown Vindicator. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ Saul S. Friedman. A History of the Middle East. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Bob Wechsler. Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ " Portuguese-Americans". 
  8. ^ "Education's More Than Just A History Lesson At . . . The Penn Charter School". July 9, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Seixas Relishes His Memories Of Aussies' Tumble". Philadelphia Daily News. July 16, 1999. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ ".". The Day. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ ".". Reading Eagle. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Davis Cup Official Website". 
  14. ^ "Elias Victor Seixas, Jr. "Vic" – International Tennis Hall of Fame". Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. 
  16. ^ Steve Flink (30 June 2003). "Seixas the humble champion recalls his 'crowning jewel'". The Independent. 

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