Francisco 'Pancho' Segura

FRANCISCO 'PANCHO' SEGURA
(ECUADOR / U. S. A.)

Born: 20/6/1921

US Pro 1950,1951,1952

Pancho Segura was renowned for being a stalwart of the pro game from the 1940s to the 1960s. Segura hit the ball double handed on both sides. Segura was small and quick and hit his forehand with a lot of power. A childhood attack of rickets deformed his legs but he was determined to overcome this. He moved to the U. S. and, after a fairly undistinguished amateur career, turned pro in 1947. Segura was often paid a relatively small amount for World Championship Series tours he took part in because he didn't sign a pro contract having won a Grand Slam title. If he had won a World Championship Series, his earning potential would have increased, but he lost to Jack Kramer in 1950-51, Pancho Gonzales in 1953-54 and a round robin tour which Gonzales won in 1959-60. Segura was at his peak in the early 1950s, when he won the U. S. Pro title three years in a row (in 1950 over Kramer and Frank Kovacs, 1951 over Gonzales and 1952 over Don Budge and Gonzales). When open tennis finally arrived in 1968 Segura was too old to make an impact. He turned his attention to coaching and one of his pupils was a certain Mr. James Scott Connors.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: M.Bernard 0-1, J.Drobny 0-1, B.Falkenburg 1-0, J.Kramer 0-1, R.Laver 0-1, D.Pails 1-0, F.Parker 0-2, D.Savitt 1-0

PRO SLAM HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: M.Anderson 1-2, D.Budge 1-0, A.Gimeno 0-2, P.Gonzales 3-10, L.Hoad 2-3, J.Kramer 1-1, R.Laver 0-1, H.Nusslein 2-0, D.Pails 2-0, F.Parker 1-0, F.Perry 2-0, B.Riggs 1-0, K.Rosewall 1-5, F.Sedgman 1-4, T.Trabert 2-1

Pancho Segura's Grand Slam record
Pancho Segura's Pro Slam record

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