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Vic Seixas
Born August 30, 1923 (1923-08-30) (age 86)
United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
Nationality  United States

Elias Victor Seixas, Jr. (born August 30, 1923) is an American former tennis player.

Seixas was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of Portuguese Jewish ancestry.[1] 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 1966. In 1951 Seixas was ranked # 4 in the world, two spots below Dick Savitt, while he was # 1 in the U.S. ranking, one spot ahead of Savitt. In 1953, Seixas was ranked # 3 in the world, his high point.

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Career

In a very long career, Seixas won scores of singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles. 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 great doubles and mixed doubles player, in which his major victories include: 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; the U.S. National doubles in 1952 with Mervyn Rose and again in 1954 with Tony Trabert; the French National (French Open) doubles in 1954 and 1955, both with Trabert; the French National mixed doubles in 1953, with Doris Hart; and the Australian National (Australian Open) doubles in 1955, with Trabert.

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

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Davis Cup

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.[2]

Style of play

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound right-handed Seixas was an attacker who won more on determination and conditioning than on outstanding form. His volleying was exceptional, and he had an excellent match temperament, but a thrashing topspin forehand and sliced backhand were utilitarian.[3]

Halls of Fame

Seixas was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971.[3]

He was inducted into the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Hall of Fame.[4]

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
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 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1952 Wimbledon Grass Australia Mervyn Rose 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 Hamilton Richardson Australia Lew Hoad
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–2, 6–2, 3–6, 6–4

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References

  1. ^ "Everyculture.com: Portuguese-Americans". http://www.everyculture.com/multi/Pa-Sp/Portuguese-Americans.html. 
  2. ^ "Davis Cup Official Website". http://www.daviscup.com/teams/player.asp?player=10004419. 
  3. ^ a b "Elias Victor Seixas, Jr. "Vic" - International Tennis Hall of Fame". http://www.tennisfame.com/famer.aspx?pgID=867&hof_id=159. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  4. ^ "Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Hall of Fame". http://www.bluegraytennis.com/halloffame.htm. 

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