Pancho Segura

Pancho Segura
Pancho Segura 1961.jpg
Pancho Segura in 1961
Full nameFrancisco Olegario Segura Cano
Country (sports) Ecuador
 United States
ResidenceLa Costa, California
Born(1921-06-20)June 20, 1921
Guayaquil, Ecuador
DiedNovember 18, 2017(2017-11-18) (aged 96)
Carlsbad, California, United States
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Turned pro1947 (amateur tour from 1939)
Retired1970
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed forehand, one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1984 (member page)
Singles
Career record1203–733 (62.1%) [1]
Career titles66 [1]
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1950, PLTA)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open3R (1946)
Wimbledon3R (1946)
US OpenSF (1942, 1943, 1944, 1945)
Other tournaments
TOCSF (1956, 1957)
Professional majors
US ProW (1950, 1951, 1952)
Wembley ProF (1951, 1957, 1959, 1960)
French ProW (1950)
Doubles
Career record8–9
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenF (1946)
US OpenF (1944)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US OpenF (1943, 1947)

Francisco Olegario Segura (June 20, 1921 – November 18, 2017), better known as Pancho "Segoo" Segura, was a leading tennis player of the 1940s and 1950s, both as an amateur and as a professional. In 1950 and 1952, as a professional, he was the World Co-No. 1 player. He was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, but moved to the United States in the late 1930s and was a citizen of both countries. He is the only player to have won the US Pro title on three different surfaces (which he did consecutively from 1950–1952).

Segura's most potent shot was considered to be his double-handed forehand, which Wimbledon champions Jack Kramer and Lew Hoad named as the greatest single stroke they had ever faced.[2] His less-potent backhand was single-handed.

Early life and career

Segura was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, the first of seven children of Domingo Segura Paredes and Fransisca Cano.[3] He almost died at his premature birth, then suffered from hernias and malaria.[4] No more than 5'6" (1.68 m) tall, he had badly bowed legs from the rickets that he also had as a child.[5] In spite of this, he had extremely fast footwork and a devastating two-handed forehand that his frequent adversary and tennis promoter Jack Kramer once called the greatest single shot ever produced in tennis.[6]

By the time he was 17, Segura had won a number of titles in Latin America and was offered a tennis scholarship by Gardnar Mulloy, Tennis Coach, at the University of Miami.[7] He won the National Collegiate Singles Championship for three straight years: in 1943, 1944, and 1945.[5] He was also the No. 3 ranked American player during those years.[8] He won the U.S. Indoors in 1946 and U.S. Clay Courts in 1944 but was never able to win the United States Championships at Forest Hills, NY although he reached the semifinals a number of times.[9]

Kramer writes that he lost:

... without distinction (to Tom Brown and Jaroslav Drobný) the two times he played Wimbledon, and really, nobody took Segoo seriously. He didn't speak English well, he had a freak shot, and on the grass while scooting around in his long white pants with his bowlegs, he looked like a little butterball. A dirty butterball: his pants were always grass-stained.[6]

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