ARTHUR LARSEN(U. S. A.)
Born: 17/4/1925 Died: 7/12/2012
US Open 1950
Arthur Larsen was an eccentric. Nicknamed Tappy because of the way he neurotically tapped objects such as the umpire's chair, Larsen had many idiosyncrasies. He smiled at lucky birds that flew overhead, insisted on serving with lucky balls and was a hilarious after dinner speaker. Larsen had great touch but lacked power on his shots. He made his Grand Slam debut in the 1948 US Open, when he lost in the fourth round to Pancho Gonzales in five sets. At the 1949 US Open, Larsen came from two sets to love down to beat John Bromwich in the third round before losing in five sets to Gonzales in the quarters. In 1950 Larsen reached the quarters of the French Open and Wimbledon. At the US Open he beat Sven Davidson in the second round, Jaroslav Drobny in the third round, Tom Brown in the quarters and Dick Savitt in the semis. In the final he faced second seed Herbie Flam and came back from two sets to one down to triumph in five sets to take his first Grand Slam title. At the 1951 Australian Open, Larsen beat Merv Rose from two sets to one down in the quarters before losing to Ken McGregor in the semis. At Wimbledon he lost in the quarters to Dick Savitt. Defending his title at the US Open, Larsen beat sixth seed Gar Mulloy in the quarters before losing in the semis to top foreign seed Frank Sedgman 6-1,6-2,6-0. At the 1954 French Open Larsen beat Drobny in five sets in the fourth round, Vic Seixas in the quarters and Enrique Morea in the semis before losing in straight sets to Tony Trabert in the final. He played his last Grand Slam event at the 1956 US Open, where he lost in the third round to Ken Rosewall. Early the following year Larsen was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident which meant he couldn't play competitive tennis again.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: J.Bromwich 1-0, A.Cooper 1-0, S.Davison 1-1, J.Drobny 2-0, P.Gonzales 0-2, L.Hoad 0-3, K.McGregor 0-1, M.Rose 2-1, K.Rosewall 0-3, D.Savitt 1-1, F.Sedgman 0-2, V.Seixas 1-0, T.Trabert 0-1
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