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Richard “Pancho” Gonzalez​

Richard “Pancho” Gonzalez was an American professional tennis player who was born on May 9, 1928, in Los Angeles, California, and passed away on July 3, 1995. He had a highly successful career on the ATP tour, winning a total of 14 Grand Slam singles titles and 17 Grand Slam doubles titles.

Gonzalez turned professional in 1949 and quickly established himself as one of the top players on the tour. He reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 1 in 1952, a position he held for a total of 8 years over the course of his career.

Gonzalez was known for his powerful serve and forehand, as well as his aggressive style of play. He was particularly dominant on the grass courts of Wimbledon, where he won 2 singles titles and 4 doubles titles.

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