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 4 years
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Maccabi: Israel's Olympic style sports competition - Washington Times
Google News - over 6 years
... 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
Google News - over 6 years
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
Google News - over 6 years
... 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 7 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)
Google News - almost 7 years
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 7 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 7 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 20 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 21 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 30 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 36 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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    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.
  • 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.
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    In 1998, he was the ITA overseas tennis director.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 58
    He was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 1986.
  • 1979
    Age 51
    Savitt, who is Jewish, was also inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.
  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 48
    He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1976.
  • 1973
    Age 45
    Savitt in addition helped develop the Israel Tennis Centers, beginning in 1973.
  • 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.
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  • 1958
    Age 30
    In 1958, Savitt moved back to New York for business reasons and launched a part-time comeback in tennis.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    In September 1952, he beat Art Larsen 10-8, 6-3, 6-4 to win the Pacific Coast men's singles tennis championship.
    In February 1952 he beat Bill Talbert 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 to win the U.S. National Indoor championship.
    He made it to the semifinals of the Australian Open in January 1952.
    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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    Savitt was ranked 2nd in the world in 1951.
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    In 1951, at the age of 24, Savitt won the Wimbledon Singles Championship.
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    Among Savitt's major victories were the 1951 Wimbledon singles championship and the 1951 Australian Open.
    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.
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    In 1951, at the age of 24, he won both the Australian and Wimbledon men's singles championships.
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  • 1950
    Age 22
    Without any coaching, in 1950 Savitt reached the U. S. Tennis Championship semifinals at Forest Hills, losing to Art Larsen.
    He was 57–2 in singles for his college career, and graduated in June 1950.
    In 1950 he also won the East Clay Court Tournament and the New York State Tournament.
  • 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.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 19
    In 1947 he was ranked # 26 in the U.S., and two years later he was ranked # 17.
  • 1946
    Age 18
    In 1946, Savitt matriculated to Cornell University.
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  • 1944
    Age 16
    Despite considering tennis his "second" sport after basketball, he won the Texas University Interscholastic League boys singles championship in 1944–45.
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    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.
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  • 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".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Born
    Born on March 4, 1927.
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