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Pancho Segura

Pancho Segura
Pancho Segura 1961.jpg
Pancho Segura in 1961
Full nameFrancisco Olegario Segura
Country (sports) Ecuador
 United States
Born(1921-06-20)June 20, 1921
Guayaquil, Ecuador
DiedNovember 18, 2017(2017-11-18) (aged 96)
Carlsbad, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Turned pro1947 (amateur from 1939)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed forehand, one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1984 (member page)
Career record1292-825 (61.0%) [1]
Career titles66 [1]
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1950, USPLTA)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open3R (1946)
Wimbledon3R (1946)
US OpenSF (1942, 1943, 1944, 1945)
Other tournaments
Professional majors
US ProW (1950, 1951, 1952)
Wembley ProF (1951, 1957, 1959, 1960)
French ProW (1950)
Other pro events
TOCW (1957)
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. He was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, but moved to the United States in the late 1930s. Throughout his amateur career he was listed by the USTA as a "foreign" player resident in the U.S.[2] As a professional player, he was referred to as the "Ecuadorian champ who now lives in New York City".[3] After acquiring U.S. citizenship in 1991 at the age of seventy, Segura was a citizen of both countries.

He is the only player to have won the Cleveland/Forest Hills US Pro and International Pro titles on three different surfaces (which he did consecutively from 1950-1952). He won the inaugural professional Tournament of Champions at Sydney in 1957. He won the L. A. Masters tournament in 1958. In 1950, 1951, and 1952, as a professional, he was the world No. 1 player in the USPLTA rankings and also number one in the PTPA rankings for 1950 and 1952.

Segura's most potent shot was considered to be his double-handed forehand. His less-potent backhand was single-handed.

Early life

Segura was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, the first of seven children of Domingo Segura Paredes and Fransisca Cano.[4] He almost died at his premature birth, then suffered from hernias and malaria.[5] No more than 5'6" (1.68 m) tall, he had badly bowed legs from the rickets that he also had as a child.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] He won the National Collegiate Singles Championship for three straight years: in 1943, 1944, and 1945.[6]

Amateur career


Segura won the Brooklyn clay court championships in May beating Ladislav Hecht in the final. "Segura, who speaks very little English (he's here nine months), was too excited to talk after the match."[9] He won the Hispano invitation event in August beating Frank Bowden in the final.[10] Segura lost in the second round of the U. S. Championships to Bryan Grant in five sets. "Segura had the usually sedate Forest Hills fans in the aisles with his attack, similar to that of Jack Bromwich, the double-fisted Australian. He was a strong crowd favorite but Grant drew a ringing round of applause for his comeback in the final set after Segura seemingly had him beaten down."[11] Pancho won the Dade County championships in December beating Gardnar Mulloy in the final. Segura "captured a four-set battle which had several hundred wild-eyed spectators almost standing on their heads."[12] Segura then lost in the final of the Sugar Bowl to Ted Schroeder. "Segura, who amazed the crowd with his ability to retrieve seemingly impossible shots, won the first two sets before Schroeder, seeded No. 1, overcame wildness and began passing the Ecuadorean consistently".[13]


Segura won the Florida west coast title in February beating George Lyttleton Rogers in the final.[14] Segura beat Bill Talbert to win the Cincinnati event in June.[15] Segura successfully defended his title at Brooklyn in July, beating Hecht in the final in four sets.[16] At the New Jersey state tournament the following week, Segura beat Vic Seixas and Budge Patty before a win in three straight sets over Hecht in the final when he didn't lose a single game.[17] The following week Segura beat Schroeder to win the Eastern clay court championships. "Segura's two-handed drives down the sidelines kept Schroeder on the defensive throughout and afforded the Californian few opportunities to move in close. While Segura's emphasis was on speed, he threw in an occasional dropshot to add to Schroeder's discomfiture".[18] Segura beat Mulloy to win the Longwood Bowl in August 1942.[19] At the U. S. Championships, Segura beat Talbert before losing to Parker in the semi finals. "Regardless as to any plan Segura may have had in mind before the match started, he was at Parker's mercy at every stage of the duel".[20] Segura beat Earl Bartlett to win the Sugar Bowl in December.[21]


Segura won the Pan American championships in Mexico City in January beating Talbert in the final in five sets.[22] He won the Miami tournament over Campbell Gillespie in February.[23] Segura won New Jersey event in July over Robert Odman. Segura beat Joe Hunt in the final of the Eastern grass court championships in August. "Segura, now a student In Florida, was on the top of his game while Hunt weakened rapidly following the first set. After being trounced soundly in the second, the sailor changed to spiked shoes in hopes of turning the tide but gained little benefit".[24] The following week Segura beat Sidney Wood to win Southampton invitation.[25] Despite having won several tournaments in the weeks before the U. S. Championships, Segura lost in the semi finals of the event to Jack Kramer. Segura won the Pan American championships in Mexico City over Talbert in October (a familiar opponent in the final of this tournament).[26]


In June, Segura won US clay court event and the following week won at Cincinnati (both over Talbert).[27] Pancho won the Western states tournament in July over Talbert in five gruelling sets in which both player had sufferred leg injuries and had to take time out for treatment.[28] Segura won Southampton invitation with a four set victory over McNeill in August.[29] Segura lost to Talbert in five sets in the semi finals of the U. S. Championships. "What made Talbert's victory so surprising was the fact that it was achieved in five strength-sapping sets. The Indianapolis lad was rated as a 'sprinter' by most experts, and figured to lack the vitality to win over the route. But Bill more than balanced in strategy what he spotted the energetic Ecuadorian in stamina."[30] Segura won the Pan American championships at Mexico City in October (again beating Talbert in the final).[31]


Segura won the Roney Plaza event at Miami in May over Charles Harris.[32] Talbert beat Segura in five sets in the final of the national clay court championships in July.[33] At U. S. Championships, Segura beat Bob Falkenburg before losing again to Talbert in the semi finals. "Charging the net with effectiveness as he and Talbert squared off in the famed center court, Pancho forged into a 4-to-l lead as Talbert netted shot after shot. But then Talbert rammed back through Segura's service three straight times, lost his own once and put the set away by ruining Segura's delivery with cross court drop shots in the twelfth game. From there on it was no contest. Pancho tried but he just didn't have it".[34]


Segura won US Indoors event over McNeill in March. "The South American parlayed superb passing shot and an uncanny defensive game into the triumph that took the title out of the United States for the first time since Jean Borotra carted it to France in 1931".[35] Pancho won the Miami tournament over Talbert in April.[36] Segura won the title at Queens over Dinny Pails in June. "Segura walked off the court a very tired man. But, although near exhaustion, he summoned just sufficient reserve strength in the final set to retrieve enough shots to win".[37] Segura lost in the third round of Wimbledon to Tom Brown. Segura lost in the last 16 of the French championships in July (held after Wimbledon this year) to eventual winner Marcel Bernard. "In the most spectacular match of the tournament to date Roland Garros stadium echoed with Segura's cry of 'Oh Pancho' with which he berated his own mistakes."[38] Segura lost to Mulloy in the quarter finals of the U. S. Championships in four sets.[39]


Segura won La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club tournament over Tom Falkenburg in February.[40] Segura lost to Drobny in the first round of Wimbledon. Kramer wrote that Segura 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".[7] Segura won Southampton invitation over Seymour Greenberg in August.[41] Segura lost to Parker in the quarter finals of the U. S. Championships. Segura won the title at Sao Paulo in November beating Parker in the final[42] and beat Parker again later that month in the Rio de Janeiro final.[43]

Professional career


Long before Open Tennis, Segura turned professional in 1947 and was an immediate crowd-pleaser with his winning smile, infectiously humorous manner, and unorthodox but deadly game.[8] According to Bobby Riggs, Jack Harris (the promoter of the forthcoming Riggs-Kramer tour for 1948) attempted to sign Ted Schroeder to play the preliminary matches of the tour.[6] Ultimately he failed and instead signed Segura to play the latest Australian amateur champion, Dinny Pails.[5] Instead of a percentage of the gross receipts, as Riggs and Kramer were contracted for, Segura and Pails were each paid $300 a week.[44] Segura lost the tour 44-26. At the US Pro championships at Forest Hills in June 1948, Segura lost in the quarter finals against Frank Kovacs."Segura held command over Kovacs through the first two sets when the Californian was never able to break his opponent's service. But in the third game of the third set, Kovacs cracked through to assume a 2-1 lead and he grew progressively stronger from that point."[45]


Segura lost a tough match to Kramer in five sets in the semi finals at the Wembley Pro championships in June. "When Kramer made a lot of bad shots at the beginning of the fifth set and Segura reached 3-1, it appeared as if the champion was facing a defeat. Yet it was the gallant little Segura who faltered and allowed the champion to crawl home."[46] Kramer also beat Segura in the semi finals of the tournament at Scarborough in July.[47]


Segura won the 1949-50 tour against Frank Parker 63-12 (they played the preliminary match each night before Kramer and Gonzales took to the court). Segura won a four-man tournament at Paris in January.[48] In the semi-final of the 1950 U.S. Pro Championship held in Cleveland on clay, Segura won a come-from-behind five set match over Kramer, and went on to beat Kovacs in the final.[49] Segura was rated the number one professional for 1950 by the U.S. Professional Lawn Tennis Association as a result of this win. He was also ranked world No. 1 professional by the PTPA.[50]


In the 1950-1951 world professional tour in which Segura played the headline match against Kramer he was beaten 64 matches to 28, a noticeably better performance, however, than Gonzales's record of 29 victories and 94 defeats against Kramer the year before. Segura won the Canadian Pro title in June beating Kovacs in the final.[51] Segura's victory in the 1951 U.S. Pro Championship at Forest Hills over Pancho Gonzales in the concluding round robin was sufficient to give him the number one ranking by the USPLTA for 1951.[52] Segura won a tournament at Berlin in September, beating Gonzales in the concluding round robin.[53] Segura lost to Gonzales in four sets in the final at Wembley in September.[54] Segura won a four-man tournament at the Bygdøhus Arena in Oslo in October beating Carl Earn in the semi finals[55] and Gonzales in the final.[56]


For the calendar year of 1952, when Kramer, Don Budge, and Gonzales all played sporadically, Segura was ranked as the world no. 1 player by the U.S. Professional Lawn Tennis Association for the third straight year, with Gonzales at no. 2.[57] The PTPA ranked Segura as world number one professional ahead of Gonzales in second place.[58] Segura won the U. S. Pro Clay Court title at St. Augustine in March beating Riggs in the final.[59] Segura won the U. S. Pro[60][61][62][63][64][65][66][67] or International Professional Championships (billed title) at Cleveland in June over Budge and Gonzales. Segura won the Canadian Pro in June beating Budge in the final.[68] Segura won a round-robin event in Paris in June held at Roland Garros.[69] Segura won a four-man event at Stockholm in October beating Budge in the final.[70]


In 1953, Segura was reduced to playing the preliminary match on the World Series tour, where he beat the Australian Ken McGregor 72 matches to 24. In July, Segura won a round robin in Caracas beating Frank Sedgman,[71] McGregor[72] and Kramer.[73] On August 1, 1953, Segura won the Slazenger Professional Championship at Scarborough, England on grass (an event dubbed by the media "the pro Wimbledon"). He won come-from-behind five set matches over McGregor in the semi-final and Sedgman in the final, the latter at 8-6 in the fifth set.[74] Segura won a four-man tournament in Munich in September beating Sedgman in the final.[75] Segura beat Sedgman in the Lyon final (another 4-man event) in November to bring the year to a close.[76]


Segura participated in a World Series tour with Gonzales, Sedgman and Budge (who was later replaced by Riggs and Earn). Gonzales won the series with Segura finishing in second place. Segura was runner-up to Gonzales in the 1954 U.S. Pro final at L.A., losing a close five set final.[77] Segura won the Pacific Coast Pro at Beverly Hills in August over Gonzales.[78] At the Australian Pro in November, Segura beat Gonzales before losing in the final to Sedgman.[79]


Segura faced Gonzales in the final at Cleveland in April 1955. This event was played under Van Alen Simplified Scoring System (VASSS). In the final, Segura lost to Gonzales in five VASSS sets.[80] Segura toured Europe with Gonzales, McGregor and Fred Perry in the summer of 1955.[81]


In 1955-56, Gonzales and Tony Trabert played the feature match of the World Series tour. Segura beat Rex Hartwig 56-22 (Segura and Hartwig played the preliminary match each evening). Segura beat Trabert in the final of the Hamilton Pro in Bermuda in April.[82] Segura beat Trabert in the semi finals at the VASSS event in April in Cleveland before losing to Gonzales in the final. "Although Gonzales said he would not 'participate in another championship if the ping-pong scoring system is used', Segura said he was for it, claiming it made the matches more even".[83] The event returned to traditional scoring in 1957.


In February 1957, Segura won the inaugural Ampol Tournament of Champions at White City, Sydney, the richest tournament of the year. The TOC was the most prestigious series of pro tournaments in the late 1950s, and the Australian version was funded by Ampol, the Australian oil company. Segura defeated Hartwig in five sets in the first round, came from behind to beat Gonzales at 13-11 in the fifth set in the semi-final, and won in three straight sets over Sedgman in the final.[84] Segura regarded this as his greatest tournament win. Kramer designated the Sydney tournament as one of the four major professional tournaments, together with Kooyong, Forest Hills, and L.A. Masters.[85] Segura beat Pails in a North American tour that was the undercard tour for the World Series (the main contest featured Gonzales against Ken Rosewall).[86] Segura beat Rosewall in the semi finals at Cleveland in April,[87] but lost to Gonzales in the final. Segura beat Gonzales in the semi finals at Wembley in September,[88] but lost in the final to Rosewall.[89]


Segura lost a North American tour to Trabert by a narrow margin (this tour was a World Series undercard tour. The main contest featured Gonzales against Lew Hoad).[90] In May, Segura won the Alaska Pro championships beating Trabert in the final.[91] In July, Segura won the L.A. Masters Pro Championship in Los Angeles. Segura defeated all six opponents in a round robin format, Gonzales, Hoad, Rosewall, Trabert, Sedgman, and Hartwig.[92] Kramer designated the L.A. Masters as one of the four major professional tournaments, together with Forest Hills, Kooyong, and Sydney.[85]


At the Wembley Pro in September, part of the Ampol world series of tournaments, Segura beat Hoad and Trabert before losing to Mal Anderson in the final. "Anderson's singles final with Segura was a memorable one, and not until the last few games of the deciding set did he really get on top of an opponent sixteen years older than himself".[93] On October 25, 1959, Segura won the Ramat Gan tournament at Tel Aviv in Israel, beating Anderson, Ashley Cooper and Mervyn Rose.[94] Segura defeated Hoad (the winner of the Ampol series) three times that year in the series, at Melbourne for 3rd place, at Wembley in the 2nd round, and in the final event at Kooyong in the round robin.


Segura participated in a round robin World series with Gonzales (world champion since 1954),[95][96][97][98][99][100][101][102] Rosewall and Alex Olmedo (Trabert also played matches early on). Gonzales won the series. At Wembley Segura beat Hoad in the quarter finals. "Segura twinkled and dazzled, scuttling about the court at a speed that made it impossible for anyone to believe that he was 39 years old".[103] In the semi finals, Segura overcame Sedgman. "Towards the end of his three-hour semifinal with Sedgman he showed signs of tiring. He missed chances that might have given him an earlier victory, yet he still was able to make the final effort that gave him a break in the ninth game of the fifth set and the match".[104] Segura lost to Rosewall in the final.


Segura won four-man tournaments in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in May while touring South America with Cooper, Olmedo and Butch Buchholz.[105] Segura won the San Remo event in July over Hoad and Andres Gimeno and then won the Viareggio event over Hoad and Trabert.[106] At Noordwijk in August, Segura beat Gonzales, Trabert and Gimeno to win the title.[107]


Segura lost to Buchholz in the Cleveland final in May 1962 when he was nearly 41 years old.[108] On August 5, 1962, Segura won the Dutch Pro Championships at The Hague, Holland, on red clay, beating Ayala, Hoad, and Olmedo.[109] At Cave de Tirreni in August, Segura beat Ayala, Olmedo and Anderson to win the title. On August 15, 1962, Segura won the pro tournament at Cannes, France, beating Ayala, Olmedo, and Hoad in the best-of-five set final in three straight sets.[109]


Segura won the California Pro at Monterrey in August 1965 (beating Leonzie Collas in the final).[110][111] He won the Fresno tournament in October 1965 (beating Nick Carter in the final)[112] At Binghamton Pro in July 1966, 45 year old Segura beat Rosewall in the semi finals before losing in the final to Rod Laver.[113] At the Fresno tournament in October 1966, Segura retained his title (beating Barry MacKay in the final).[114] Segura also won the USPLTA title at Milwaukee in November 1966 beating Mike Davies in the final.[115] As the Open era arrived, Segura's career was coming to an end. He entered the U. S. Open in 1968 and lost in the third round to Laver.[116] His final Grand Slam singles appearance was at 1970 U. S. Open aged 49, where he beat Atet Wijono[117] (a man 30 years younger than him), before losing to Tito Vazquez in round two.

Career assessment

In his 1979 autobiography Kramer included Segura in his list of the 21 greatest players of all time.[118]

Kramer went on to say, "... and while his amateur record is of no consequence, he beat everyone in the pros but Gonzales and me. We beat him with good second serves".[6] A year earlier, another World No. 1 player, Ellsworth Vines, the man that Kramer called the greatest player of all time at the height of his game, had published a lesser-known book called Tennis: Myth and Method, co-written with Gene Vier.[6] Vines devotes the first part of the book to individual chapters about the ten greatest tennis players from Don Budge through the date of the book's publication.[108] He considered Segura to be the fifth best of these ten great players, behind, in order, Budge, Kramer, Gonzales, and Rod Laver. Segura, however, ranked above Bobby Riggs, Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad, Frank Sedgman, and Tony Trabert.[6]

Vines also gives an expert's analysis of Segura's unusual playing style:

Two-handed forehand is most outstanding stroke in game's history; unbeatable unless opponent could avoid it. Improved as a professional by taking advantage of volleying ability he rarely used as an amateur. Backhand also better later in career. Returns serve brilliantly, particularly off right side where quicksilver moves give him unusual positioning talent. Serve only average for his class of player but well placed, as is overhead. Very deft volleyer, particularly off forehand. Lob and dropshot unsurpassed. Superb passing shots, change of pace, and absolute consistency make him greatest "little man" to ever play the game.[119]

Segura, says Kramer, probably played "more matches against top players than anyone in history.[8] Besides my couple hundred, he must have played Gonzales a hundred and fifty, and Budge, Sedgman, Riggs, Hoad and Rosewall all around fifty apiece.[108] I beat him about 80 percent of the time, and Gonzales also held an edge over him.[120] Pails beat him 41-31 on the Kramer-Riggs tour, but that was when Segoo was still learning how to play fast surfaces.[121] With everybody else, he had the edge: Sedgman, Rosewall, Hoad, Trabert, McGregor".[6] Kramer and Hoad regarded Segura's two-handed forehand as the greatest single tennis stroke that they had ever faced.[122] According to Kramer,

Possibly Budge's backhand was the best pure stroke in tennis. I accept that judgment. Now put a gun to my head, and I'd have to say that the Segura's forehand was better, because he could disguise it so well, and hit so many more angles.[7]

Kramer goes on to say, however, that with Segura:

he never learned to exploit his great forehand weapon because he used it too often. He didn't know how to pace himself and pick his spots. Perhaps he was too quick for his own good; he was so fast he could run around anything and get to his forehand. He probably hit his forehand four times as much as his backhand. Segoo ran too far and wasted his energy in the process.[7]


In 1962, on the recommendation of good friend Mike Franks, Segura became the teaching professional at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club, replacing Carl Earn.[5] Most of Pancho's students were movie stars such as Dinah Shore, Doris Day, Julie Andrews, Richard Conte, Shelley Winters, Charlton Heston, Barbra Streisand, Dina Merrill, Kirk Douglas, Robert Evans, Lauren Bacall, Gene Hackman, Carl Reiner, Barbara Marx, George C. Scott, Janet Leigh, and Ava Gardner, as well as Dean Paul Martin.[120][8]

Segura also found time to coach Jimmy Connors, Tracy Austin, Charlie Pasarell, and Stan Smith, four great tennis champions, as well as his son Spencer Segura, who played at UCLA, and is a lawyer/investor.[123] In 1971, he left Beverly Hills to become the head teaching professional at the La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, California, where he eventually retired.[8] He is widely credited with having mentored and structured the playing game of Jimmy Connors, starting at age 16, in 1968, when his mother, Gloria, brought him to Pancho in California for lessons.[57] Dr. Abraham Verghese describes taking a tennis lesson from Segura during this period in his book The Tennis Partner.[120]

Before the famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973, Segura openly supported Riggs.[120] When King won the match, Segura declared disgustedly that Riggs was only the third-best senior player, behind himself and Gardnar Mulloy.[8] He challenged King to another match, which King refused.[57]

In the 1966 episode of I Dream of Jeannie titled "Always on Sunday", Segura made a cameo appearance as himself.[124]

Segura retired from playing Singles after the 1970 US Open at Forest Hills at age 49.[124]

Segura was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1984.[8]

Segura became an American citizen in 1991.[125]


Segura died on November 18, 2017, at the age of 96 at his home in Carlsbad, California, from complications related to Parkinson's disease.[8] A Memorial Service for the celebration of his life was held at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club on December 17, 2017 with 200 in attendance. Spencer Segura was Master of the ceremony with 10 featured speakers including Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Connors, Mike Franks, Cliff Richey, Charlie Pasarell, Tracy Austin, and David Kramer.

Major career finals

Grand Slam

Doubles (2 runner-ups)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1944 U.S. Championships Grass United States Bill Talbert United States Don McNeill
United States Bob Falkenburg
5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 1-6
Loss 1946 French Championships Clay Argentina Enrique Morea France Marcel Bernard
France Yvon Petra
5-7, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1, 8-10

Mixed doubles (2 runner-ups)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1943 U.S. Championships Grass United States Pauline Betz United States Margaret Osborne
United States Bill Talbert
8-10, 4-6
Loss 1947 U.S. Championships Grass United States Gussie Moran United States Louise Brough
Australia John Bromwich
3-6, 1-6

Pro Slams

Singles (3 titles, 8 runner-ups)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1950 US Pro Clay (i) United States Frank Kovacs 6-1, 1-6, 8-6, 4-4 ret.
Loss 1951 Wembley Pro Indoor United States Pancho Gonzales 2-6, 2-6, 6-2, 4-6
Win 1951 US Pro Grass United States Pancho Gonzales 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
Win 1952 US Pro Indoor United States Pancho Gonzales 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
Loss 1954 US Pro Cement United States Pancho Gonzales 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 4-6
Loss 1955 US Pro Indoor United States Pancho Gonzales 19-21, 21-19, 19-21, 22-20, 19-21
Loss 1956 US Pro Indoor United States Pancho Gonzales 19-21, 21-19, 19-21, 20-22
Loss 1957 Wembley Pro Indoor Australia Ken Rosewall 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6
Loss 1957 US Pro Indoor United States Pancho Gonzales 3-6, 6-3, 5-7, 1-6
Loss 1959 Wembley Pro Indoor Australia Mal Anderson 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-8
Loss 1960 Wembley Pro Indoor Australia Ken Rosewall 7-5, 6-8, 1-6, 3-6
Loss 1962 US Pro Indoor United States Butch Buchholz 4-6, 3-6, 4-6

Performance timeline


Segura joined the professional tennis circuit in 1948 and as a consequence was banned from competing in the amateur Grand Slams until the start of the Open Era at the 1968 French Open. Segura won one Tournament of Champions.

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian not held A A not eligible A A 0 / 0 0-0 -
French not held 4R A not eligible A A A 0 / 1 2-1 66.7
Wimbledon not held 3R 1R not eligible A A A 0 / 2 2-2 50.0
U.S. 2R SF SF SF SF QF QF not eligible 3R A 2R 0 / 9 23-9 71.9
Pro Slam tournaments 3 / 35 57-32 64.0
U.S. Pro A A A NH A A A QF A W W W A SF F F F SF SF SF A F QF QF QF 1R QF 3 / 17 26-14 65.0
French Pro not held A NH QF QF QF SF QF A A QF A A 0 / 6 7-6 53.8
not held SF A F SF SF NH NH SF F QF F F SF SF A A QF A A 0 / 12 24-12 66.7
Win-Loss 1-1 4-1 3-1 3-1 3-1 7-3 4-2 2-1 2-1 4-0 7-1 6-1 2-1 1-1 2-1 4-2 4-2 2-3 5-3 4-3 4-2 4-3 0-1 1-1 3-3 0-1 0-1 1-1 0-0 1-1 3 / 47 84-44 65.6
Other Important Pro tournaments
TOC (US) not held 6th 5th QF NH NH NH NH NH NH NH NH 0 / 3 3-9 25.0
TOC (Aus.) not held W 5th QF NH NH NH NH NH NH NH NH 1 / 3 4-5 44.4

The results of the Pro Tours are not listed here.


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  23. ^ "The Miami Herald, 22 February 1943".
  24. ^ "The Gazette (Montreal), 16 August 1943".
  25. ^ "The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield), 23 August 1943".
  26. ^ "The New York Times, 18 October 1943".
  27. ^ "The Palm Beach Post, 26 June 1944".
  28. ^ "The Herald News (Passaic), 10 July 1944".
  29. ^ "The Courier-Journal (Louisville), 28 August 1944".
  30. ^ "The Daily News (New York), 4 September 1944".
  31. ^ "The Hartford Courant, 15 October 1944".
  32. ^ "The Miami Herald, 28 May 1945".
  33. ^ "The Marshfield News-Herald, 9 July 1945".
  34. ^ "The Journal Herald (Dayton), 3 September 1945".
  35. ^ "Detroit Free Press, 17 March 1946".
  36. ^ "Daily News (New York), 2 April 1946".
  37. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 June 1946".
  38. ^ "The Miami Herald, 23 July 1946".
  39. ^ "The Star Press (Muncie), 7 September 1946".
  40. ^ "The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 February 1947".
  41. ^ "The Herald-News (Passaic), 4 August 1947".
  42. ^ "Jornal do Brasil, 3 November 1947".
  43. ^ "The Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 November 1947".
  44. ^ Bobby Riggs (1949) Tennis Is My Racket, New York, p. 16.
  45. ^ "The Des Moines Register, 17 June 1948".
  46. ^ "The Guardian, 3 June 1949".
  47. ^ "Daily News (New York), 30 July 1949".
  48. ^ McCauley, p.195
  49. ^ McCauley, p.196
  50. ^ The Times of Shreveport, LA, 19 July 1951, Cleveland, July 18 (AP)--The National Professional Tennis Players association today picked Frank Kovacs of Oakland, Calif., as its No. 1 player for 1951. Kovacs won the national professional tennis championship's Benrus trophy this summer. He succeeds Pancho Segura, Ecuadorian champ who now lives in New York City. The rankings was announced here by George Lyttleton Rogers of Portland, Ore., board chairman of the association. Other players in the top 10, in order of rank, include: Segura, Pancho Gonzales of Los Angeles, Jack Kramer of Los Angeles, Don Budge of Hollywood, Frank Parker of Hollywood, Bobbie Riggs of Los Angeles, Welby Van Horn of New York City, Carl Earn of Los Angeles and Bob Rogers of Los Angeles.
  51. ^ "Calgary Herald, 12 June 1951".
  52. ^ McCauley, p. 57
  53. ^ McCauley, p.198
  54. ^ "The Windsor Star, 29 September 1951".
  55. ^ "Arbeiderbladet, 12 October 1951".
  56. ^ Aftenposten, 13 October 1951
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  59. ^ "The Dothan Eagle, 3 March 1952".
  60. ^ "The Philadelphia Inquirer, 20 December 1953".
  61. ^ Harold E. Donohue (July 1956). "Pancho Gonzales: Mixed-Up Champion". Pageant. p. 112.
  62. ^ "Corpus Christi Caller Times, 12 March 1953".
  63. ^ "The Philadelphia Inquirer, 4 April 1953".
  64. ^ "The Tampa Tribune, 11 April 1953".
  65. ^ "The Philadelphia Inquirer, 27 December 1953".
  66. ^ "The Times (Shreveport), 16 February 1956".
  67. ^ "Star Press (Muncie), 18 March 1957".
  68. ^ "The Vancouver Sun, 16 June 1952".
  69. ^ "The San Francisco Examiner, 30 June 1952".
  70. ^ Aftenposten, 8 October 1952
  71. ^ "Fort Worth Star Telegram, 8 July 1953".
  72. ^ "Daily News (New York), 9 July 1953".
  73. ^ "The Des Moines Register, 10 July 1953".
  74. ^ McCauley, p. 199
  75. ^ "The Tampa Tribune, 7 September 1953".
  76. ^ Little Pancho: The Life of Tennis Legend Pancho Segura, Caroline Seebohm (2009), p. 79
  77. ^ "The Los Angeles Times, 14 June 1954".
  78. ^ "The Los Angeles Times, 23 August 1954".
  79. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 November 1954".
  80. ^ "The Akron Beach Journal, 4 April 1955".
  81. ^ "The Times-News (Twin Falls), 29 August 1955".
  82. ^ "Arizona Daily Star, 2 April 1956".
  83. ^ "The Journal News (White Plains), 7 April 1956".
  84. ^ McCauley, p.206
  85. ^ a b World Tennis, November, 1958
  86. ^ McCauley, p. 205
  87. ^ "The Jackson Sun, 12 April 1957".
  88. ^ "The Troy Record, 28 September 1957".
  89. ^ "The Observer, 29 September 1957".
  90. ^ McCauley, p. 208
  91. ^ "Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 2 June 1958".
  92. ^ McCauley, p.209
  93. ^ "The Guardian, 28 September 1959".
  94. ^ McCauley, p.215
  95. ^ "Pasadena Independent, 9 April 1960".
  96. ^ "The Tribune, Scranton 11 April 1960".
  97. ^ "The Ottawa Journal, 16 April 1960".
  98. ^ "The Cincinnati Enquirer, 16 April 1960".
  99. ^ "The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 April 1960".
  100. ^ "The Star Press, Muncie, 16 April 1960".
  101. ^ "El Paso Times, 16 April 1960".
  102. ^ "Palladium-Item, Richmond, Indiana, 16 April 1960".
  103. ^ "The Guardian, 21 September 1960".
  104. ^ "The Guardian, 24 September 1960".
  105. ^ "Jornal do Brasil, 6 May 1961".
  106. ^ McCauley, p. 221
  107. ^ "The Sacramento Bee, 7 August 1961".
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  109. ^ a b McCauley, p.224
  110. ^ "The San Francisco Examiner, 16 August 1965".
  111. ^ McCauley, p. 237
  112. ^ "The Fresno Bee, 18 October 1965".
  113. ^ "The Shreveport Journal, 1 August 1966".
  114. ^ McCauley, p. 244
  115. ^ The Milwaukee Journal, 21 November 1966 "Segura Wins Tennis Titles"
  116. ^ "The Times Recorder (Zanesville), 3 September 1968".
  117. ^ "The San Antonio Express, 3 September 1970".
  118. ^ Writing in 1979, Kramer considered the best ever to have been either Don Budge (for consistent play) or Ellsworth Vines (at the height of his game). The next four best were, chronologically, Bill Tilden, Fred Perry, Bobby Riggs, and Pancho Gonzales. After these six came the "second echelon" of Rod Laver, Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Gottfried von Cramm, Ted Schroeder, Jack Crawford, Pancho Segura, Frank Sedgman, Tony Trabert, John Newcombe, Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, Björn Borg, and Jimmy Connors. He felt unable to rank Henri Cochet and René Lacoste accurately but felt they were among the very best.
  119. ^ Tennis: Myth and Method, by Ellsworth Vines and Gene Vier, Viking Press, New York, pages 65-66
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  • The Game, My 40 Years in Tennis (1979), Jack Kramer with Frank Deford (ISBN 0-399-12336-9)
  • Tennis: Myth and Method, (1978) by Ellsworth Vines and Gene Vier, Viking Press, New York
  • Man with a Racket by Pancho Gonzales, (1959) as told to Cy Rice
  • Mental Tennis, (1994), by Vic Braden
  • Jimmy Connors, King of the Courts, (1978) by Francene Sabin
  • Jimmy Connors Saved My Life, (2004) by Joel Drucker
  • As it Was, (2009) by Gardnar Mulloy

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