Pancho Segura

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Pancho Segura Tennis player
Pancho Segura
Pancho Gonzales and Pancho Segura (back) at the Dutch Professional Championships in Noordwijk
Nickname: Sneaky
Nation: EcuadorEcuador Ecuador
Birthday: June 20, 1921
Date of death: 18th November 2017
Playing hand: Right
Career record: 30:21
Highest ranking: 355 (March 5 1975)
Grand Slam record
Career record: 8: 9
Grand Slam record
Grand Slam record
Sources: official player profiles at the ATP / WTA and ITF (see web links )

Francisco Olegario Segura , called Pancho Segura (born June 20, 1921 in Guayaquil , † November 18, 2017 in Carlsbad , California ) was a tennis player from Ecuador who emigrated to the United States in the 1930s and made a career there.

In the 1940s he won numerous smaller tournaments in Latin America and in 1946 the American indoor championships. At the American Championships in Forest Hills , however, he never got beyond the semi-finals. At the NCAA he won the individual tennis competitions as a student at the University of Miami from 1943 to 1945.

In 1947 Segura switched to professional tennis and played against Jack Kramer or Pancho Gonzales , the strongest tennis players of the time. Although he was always overshadowed by these players, he was able to win the American professional championships three times in a row from 1950 to 1952.

Segura was a small bow-legged tennis player, but he was able to compensate for these disadvantages with his excellent footwork and double-handed forehand. Jack Kramer , another well-known tennis player of the forties and fifties, said of this stroke that it was the best stroke that had ever been in tennis.

After his retirement as a tennis player, Segura worked as a tennis coach and trained the young Jimmy Connors , among others .

In 1984 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Tennis.


  • Caroline Seebohm: Little Pancho: The Life of Tennis Legend Pancho Segura , University of Nebraska Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-8032-2041-6

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Pancho (Francisco) Segura, His Game and Personality - Allen Fox Tennis , accessed on March 16, 2015 (English)
  2. ^ Richard Goldstein: Pancho Segura, Tennis Great of the '40s and' 50s, Dies at 96. In: The New York Times . November 19, 2017, accessed November 21, 2017 .
  3. a b All-American Monday - Pancho Segura - University of Miami Hurricanes Official Athletic Site, accessed on March 16, 2015 (English)
  4. Hispanic Heritage: Pancho Segura knows the score - ESPN , accessed on March 16, 2015 (English)
  5. Pancho Segura | International Tennis Hall of Fame , accessed January 4, 2016