Dick Savitt
Tennis player
Dick Savitt
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.
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Wimbledon Men's Champions
Fox News - over 3 years
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Maccabi: Israel's Olympic style sports competition - Washington Times
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... and Gary Gubner (track and field); Angela Buxton, Julie Heldman, Allen Fox, and Dick Savitt (tennis); Angelica Rosenau (table tennis); Isaac Berger and Frank Spellman (weightlifting); and Fred Oberlander and Henry Wittenberg (wrestling)
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Politi: Former Wimbledon champ Dick Savitt still serves as a trendsetter six ... - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
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The entire event seems foreign to Dick Savitt now — everything, that is, but the grass courts. The oversized racquets. The 130 mph serves. The prize money. Savitt was handed a shopping certificate worth just 10 British pounds when he won his
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Brooke Shields' grandfather featured in new book “The Wimbledon finale that ... - TennisGrandstand
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... Vinnie Richards, Bobby Riggs, Marcelo Rios, Andy Roddick, George Rogers, Millicent Rogers, Herbert Roper-Barrett, Ken Rosewall, Stanley Rumbough, Greg Rusedski, Pete Sampras, Manolo Santana, Jiro Satoh, Dick Savitt, Ted Schroeder, Pancho Segura,
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Forest Hills Tennis Stadium Loses Bid for Landmark Status
NYTimes - almost 6 years
Its courts were the site of the United States Open tennis championship for 62 years and they hosted the Beatles, Frank Sinatra and the Rolling Stones. But time may finally be running out for the now crumbling West Side Tennis Stadium in Forest Hills Gardens, Queens, one of the world's most storied tennis arenas. The city's Landmarks Preservation
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Forest Hills Stadium Loses Bid to Be a Landmark - New York Times (blog)
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Mr. Trabert said one of his most memorable moments at the club was seeing the look on the face of the former Wimbledon champion Dick Savitt when Renée Richards — the former Dr. Richard Raskind — greeted the towering Mr. Savitt with a kiss on the
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Men's Tennis Closes out 2011 Hosting League Leader Cornell - Columbia University Athletics
Google News - almost 6 years
Can't make it to the Dick Savitt Tennis Center this Saturday, April 23 to see Columbia men's tennis take on Cornell? Follow along with all the action with the Columbia Athletics LIVE BLOG! Write in with questions, comments or just support your Lions!
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Depression is like a tennis match - World Tennis Magazine
Google News - almost 6 years
Dick Savitt, one of the old-time tennis greats, won Wimbledon in 1952, but shortly after that, he told Dad that he found his losses were starting to hurt him too badly. He found himself sitting in the stands
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LONG ISLAND JOURNAL; A National Chain Arrives With Hoopla
NYTimes - almost 19 years
TYPICAL Long Island shoppers, Fran and Elliot Levine of Malverne have visited many a store's parking lot. But last Sunday was the first time that they happened upon 18 women in brief gold lame outfits and large ostrich-plume helmets, kicking alongside their car. ''I hope it's the Rockettes,'' Mrs. Levine said as she pushed her shopping cart out of
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Sidney G. Stricker Jr. Is Dead; Marketing Executive Was 76
NYTimes - about 20 years
Sidney G. Stricker Jr., a marketing and advertising executive and business consultant, died on Tuesday at his home in Chappaqua, N.Y. He was 76. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said a nephew, Simon Lazarus. As president of a division of Schenley Industries in the late 1950's, Mr. Stricker helped develop the slogan, ''If you can find a better
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Question Box
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: QUESTION: Has an unseeded tennis player ever won the United States Open? QUESTION: Has an unseeded tennis player ever won the United States Open? No man or woman has done it since the tournament became open to professionals in 1968, but two unseeded men, Mal Anderson and Fred Stolle, both Australians, captured titles when the event was the
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HOW WILL THE BIG 3 FARE AT U.S. OPEN
NYTimes - over 35 years
SHORT HILLS WHEN the United States Open tennis championships start Tuesday at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New Jersey will be strongly represented by its big three - Fritz Buehning of Short Hills, Peter Fleming of Chatham and Pam Casale of Fairfield. Buehning, a 6-foot-5 195-pounder, and Miss Casale, a rookie professional
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dick Savitt
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 79
    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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  • 1998
    Age 70
    Savitt was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, and into the USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He is also enshrined in the National Jewish American Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978. After his tennis career, Savitt entered the oil business in Louisiana. He then worked for Lehman Brothers on Wall Street, and in 1985 joined Schroders.
    In 1998, he was the ITA overseas tennis director.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 58
    He was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 1986.
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  • 1979
    Age 51
    Savitt, who is Jewish, was also inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 48
    He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1976.
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  • 1973
    Age 45
    Savitt in addition helped develop the Israel Tennis Centers, beginning in 1973.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1961
    Age 33
    In 1961, he won gold medals in both singles and doubles (with Mike Franks) at the 1961 Maccabiah Games in Israel, the third-largest sporting event in the world.
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    That year, he won his second National Indoors title, and in 1961 he captured his third—while remaining a weekend player.
    More Details Hide Details In 1981, he and his son, Robert, won the U.S. Father-Son doubles title. In his prime, Savitt was considered the greatest back-court player in the game, with the hardest ground strokes. He also had a booming serve. Savitt was also enormously competitive. His contemporaries described him as almost driven, a man who hated to lose.
  • 1958
    Age 30
    In 1958, Savitt moved back to New York for business reasons and launched a part-time comeback in tennis.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1952
    Age 24
    In February 1952, a distraught Savitt announced that he would play only one more tournament, the National Indoor Championships, and then retire from tournament tennis—at age 25.
    More Details Hide Details As his farewell statement, Savitt won the championship.
    Although at the top of his game, and only 25 years old, Savitt abruptly retired from competitive tennis after winning the 1952 U.S. National Indoor Singles Championships.
    More Details Hide Details He never publicly discussed the reason for his sudden retirement, but it was considered most likely the result of his snub by the US Davis Cup coach.
    In September 1952, he beat Art Larsen 10-8, 6-3, 6-4 to win the Pacific Coast men's singles tennis championship.
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    In February 1952 he beat Bill Talbert 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 to win the U.S. National Indoor championship.
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    He made it to the semifinals of the Australian Open in January 1952.
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    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.
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  • 1951
    Age 23
    The controversy spilled over into the next year, when the 1951 national rankings were bitterly debated at the January 1952 U.S. Lawn Tennis Association annual meeting.
    More Details Hide Details Members of the Association's Eastern, New England, Southern, Florida, and Texas delegations, whose chief spokesman was Gardnar Mulloy, were in favor of Savitt being named the # 1 tennis player in the U.S. However, Frank Shields attacked Savitt in a "biting", "unprecedented" speech, which observers said swung the vote against Savitt. As it was reported by Time magazine, "the loudest talker was Frank Shields, non-playing captain of the losing U.S. Davis Cup team. Shields had ignored Savitt in the Davis Cup matches, had put his confidence in aging (30) Ted Schroeder... who turned out to be the goat of the series. Shields was intent on keeping Savitt ranked... at No. 3. Cried Shields: 'Never once in the past three months has Savitt looked like a champion. Not only that, but he was not the most cooperative player in the world while we were in Australia, and his sounding off brought discredit to the game.
    Savitt had played and won his three early 1951 Cup matches, winning 9 of 10 sets, en route to leading the American team into the championship round against Australia.
    More Details Hide Details Allison Danzig, the senior American tennis writer, called him America's best hope for victory. American Davis Cup coach Frank Shields, however, did not permit him to compete against the Aussies whom, only months earlier, he had dominated at Wimbledon and in Australia. He had trounced Australia's top seed Ken McGregor in three straight sets to win at Wimbledon, and won the Australian Singles championship, becoming the first non-Aussie to win that title in 13 years. He had also defeated Australia's best other player, Frank Sedgman, 6–3, 2–6, 6–3, 6–1 in the same tournament. Ted Schroeder, who had lost all three of his Davis Cup matches while losing 9 out of 10 sets in the process the year before and who was in semi-retirement, was chosen by Shield instead. Five of the top ten players in the U.S. publicly accused Shield of "obvious prejudice" in his choosing the team. Without Savitt playing singles, and with Schroder losing two of his three matches, the United States lost the 1951 Davis Cup to Australia.
    Savitt was ranked 2nd in the world in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details He was also ranked the # 1 player on the United States Davis Cup Team.
    In 1951, at the age of 24, Savitt won the Wimbledon Singles Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Along the way he beat Larsen, the # 1 US player, in straight sets, and Herbert Flam, the # 2 US player. He also won the Australian Open Singles title, winning in straight sets in the 61-minute final. He became the first American since Don Budge, 13 years earlier, to win both Wimbledon and the Australian Open in one season. Savitt also became the first Jewish player to win either tournament. In the Jewish parts of North London, Savitt recalled, "Nobody knew tennis there, but after I won people started picking up rackets". In addition, he became the first Jewish athlete to appear on the cover of Time magazine. The significance of a Jewish tennis player succeeding was rooted in the fact that tennis was still at the time primarily a country club sport, and many country clubs often did not allow Jews in as members and did not allow them to use their courts. This, in turn, kept many Jewish tennis players from obtaining the training they needed to compete at the highest levels.
    Among Savitt's major victories were the 1951 Wimbledon singles championship and the 1951 Australian Open.
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    Savitt ranked in the world's top 10 four times between 1951 and 1957 (# 2 in 1951); and in the U.S. top 10 six times between 1950 and 1959.
    More Details Hide Details That was despite the fact that Savitt did not compete in 1953–55.
    In 1951, at the age of 24, he won both the Australian and Wimbledon men's singles championships.
    More Details Hide Details Savitt was mostly ranked World No. 2 the same year behind fellow amateur Frank Sedgman, though was declared World No. 1 by The New York Times and The Owosso Argus-Press following his Wimbledon victory. He retired the following year. Savitt is one of four American men who have won both the Australian and British Championships in one year, following Don Budge (1938) and preceding Jimmy Connors (1974) and Pete Sampras (1994 & 1997). Savitt is Jewish, and was born in Bayonne, New Jersey. He taught himself tennis at the age of 14, but never took a tennis lesson in his life. The self-taught Savitt played tennis well enough, however, to make the finals of the New Jersey Boys Championship and, for two years afterward, the National Boys Tennis Tournament before moving up to the junior ranks.
  • 1950
    Age 22
    Without any coaching, in 1950 Savitt reached the U. S. Tennis Championship semifinals at Forest Hills, losing to Art Larsen.
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    He was 57–2 in singles for his college career, and graduated in June 1950.
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    In 1950 he also won the East Clay Court Tournament and the New York State Tournament.
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  • 1949
    Age 21
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 19
    In 1947 he was ranked # 26 in the U.S., and two years later he was ranked # 17.
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  • 1946
    Age 18
    In 1946, Savitt matriculated to Cornell University.
    More Details Hide Details He attended Cornell, where he majored in Economics, was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, and was elected a member of the Sphinx Head Society. However, two injuries, one to his knee, curtailed his basketball career. Savitt resumed playing tennis. He became Cornell's tennis team captain, # 1 singles and doubles player.
  • 1944
    Age 16
    Despite considering tennis his "second" sport after basketball, he won the Texas University Interscholastic League boys singles championship in 1944–45.
    More Details Hide Details Nationally he was the 8th-ranked junior tennis player, and the 17th-ranked amateur overall.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1945 Savitt entered the Navy, and played on a service basketball team.
  • 1940
    Age 12
    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".
    More Details Hide Details That met with "resounding applause" from the delegates. After the heated 5-hour session, one of the longest in U.S.L.T.A. history, President Russell Kingman called Shields's outburst "most unseemly." Australian Davis Cup team Harry Hopman called his arguments as to why Savitt should not be ranked # 1 "weak". https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=m-8pAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ryMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3346,2423655&dq=frank-shields+davis-cup+savitt&hl=en Still, a never-before-required proxy vote was needed to decide the # 1 spot. Savitt was ranked the # 2 player in the U.S. by the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association, behind Vic Seixas and directly ahead of Tony Trabert.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Born
    Born on March 4, 1927.
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