|Pancho Gonzales and Pancho Segura (back) at the Dutch Professional Championships in Noordwijk|
|Birthday:||June 20, 1921|
|Date of death:||18th November 2017|
|Highest ranking:||355 (March 5 1975)|
|Career record:||8: 9|
|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 .
- Caroline Seebohm: Little Pancho: The Life of Tennis Legend Pancho Segura , University of Nebraska Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-8032-2041-6
- ATP profile Pancho Segura (English)
- ITF profile Pancho Segura (English)
- Pancho Segura in the "International Tennis Hall of Fame" (English; with picture)
- Pancho (Francisco) Segura, His Game and Personality - Allen Fox Tennis , accessed on March 16, 2015 (English)
- 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 .
- All-American Monday - Pancho Segura - University of Miami Hurricanes Official Athletic Site, accessed on March 16, 2015 (English)
- Hispanic Heritage: Pancho Segura knows the score - ESPN , accessed on March 16, 2015 (English)
- Pancho Segura | International Tennis Hall of Fame , accessed January 4, 2016
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Segura, Francisco Olegario (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Ecuadorian-American tennis player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 20, 1921|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Guayaquil , Ecuador|
|DATE OF DEATH||18th November 2017|
|Place of death||Carlsbad , California|