Dick Savitt

Tennis Player
Born Mar 4, 1927

Richard "Dick" Savitt is a 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) and 185-pound (84 kg) right-handed American male former tennis player. Savitt was ranked World No. 2 in 1951. That year, at the age of 24, he won both the Wimbledon Singles Championship and the Australian Singles title. He retired the following year.… Read More

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1927 Birth Born on March 4, 1927.


1940 13 Years Old He was not a credit either as a player or a representative of America.'" Don McNeill, the 1940 U.S. champion, answered Shields's outburst by pointing out that players are ranked on their tennis ability, that personal prejudice should have nothing to do with ranking, and that Shields' remarks were "uncalled for". … Read More
1944 17 Years Old 1 More Event
His first love was basketball, though, and when his family moved to Texas, he was an All-State forward and a co-captain of his El Paso, Texas high school basketball team in 1944. … Read More
1946 19 Years Old In 1946, Savitt matriculated to Cornell University. … Read More


1947 20 Years Old In 1947 he was ranked # 26 in the U.S., and two years later he was ranked # 17.
1949 22 Years Old In both 1949 and 1950, as a junior and a senior, he won the Eastern Intercollegiate Tournament, and he won the doubles title with Leonard Steiner from 1948–50.
In 1950 he also won the East Clay Court Tournament and the New York State Tournament.
In 1951, at the age of 24, he won both the Australian and Wimbledon men's singles championships. … Read More
He also won the 1952, 1958, and 1961 USLTA National Indoor Championships, becoming the first player to win that crown three times, and won the Italian doubles and the Canadian singles and doubles championships.
1956 29 Years Old Savitt returned to the competitive tennis scene part-time in 1956, and though his limited tournament competition prevented him from receiving an official ranking, he was nonetheless considered the number one player in the United States.


1958 31 Years Old In 1958, Savitt moved back to New York for business reasons and launched a part-time comeback in tennis.
1961 34 Years Old 1 More Event
That year, he won his second National Indoors title, and in 1961 he captured his third—while remaining a weekend player. … Read More


1973 46 Years Old Savitt in addition helped develop the Israel Tennis Centers, beginning in 1973.
1976 49 Years Old He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1976.


1979 52 Years Old Savitt, who is Jewish, was also inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.
1986 59 Years Old He was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 1986.


1998 71 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1998, he was the ITA overseas tennis director.
2007 80 Years Old In his 2007 book The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and The 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars, author Peter S. Horvitz ranked Savitt the 9th-greatest Jewish athlete of all time.
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