SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Alex Olmedo, who gained the Wimbledon and Australian Championships singles titles in 1959 and was inducted into the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame in 1987, has died. He was 84.
Citing Olmedo’s son, Alejandro Jr., the Corridor of Fame mentioned Thursday that Olmedo died of mind most cancers on Wednesday.
Alejandro “Alex” Olmedo was born in Peru in 1936 and moved to the US as a teen. He went to the College of Southern California, the place he gained NCAA tennis championships in singles and doubles in each 1956 and 1958.
Olmedo performed within the Davis Cup for the US and led the group to the trophy in 1958, when he additionally paired with Ham Richardson to win the doubles title on the U.S. Nationwide Championships, the event now often called the U.S. Open.
That was adopted by Olmedo’s historic 1959 season, which along with a victory over Rod Laver within the Wimbledon last and his triumph on the event now referred to as the Australian Open included a run to the ultimate on the U.S. Nationwide Championships.
That was when Grand Slam tournaments have been closed to skilled gamers. Olmedo turned professional in 1960.
“Alex Olmedo got here from humble beginnings and he made sacrifices and labored laborious to chase his goals of a tennis profession, in the end turning into a significant champion and Corridor of Famer,” Stan Smith, president of the Rhode Island-based Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame, mentioned in an announcement. “He was a terrific participant and a Davis Cup hero. … He was a fantastic champion, a fantastic pal, and he can be missed.”
Olmedo is the second Corridor of Famer to die lately. Dennis Ralston, who starred at USC within the Nineteen Sixties and was a five-time Grand Slam doubles champion, died Sunday at age 78.
Olmedo taught tennis for greater than 25 years on the Beverly Hills Resort, with celeb college students akin to Katharine Hepburn, Robert Duvall and Chevy Chase, in response to the corridor.
Along with Alejandro Jr., Olmedo is survived by his daughters, Amy and Angela, and 4 grandchildren, the corridor mentioned. He was beforehand married to Ann Pierce Olmedo.
Memorial companies have been pending.