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Pancho Segura Cano, with a statue in a park near the Guayaquil Tennis Club | Other Sports | Sports

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The Municipality of Guayaquil unveiled this Wednesday a statue of the legendary Ecuadorian tennis player Francisco (Pancho) Segura, considered the best in the world in the early 1950s.

The sculpture of the tennis player (1921-2017) in an athletic pose and with the racket in hand, was discovered in a small park near the Guayaquil Tennis Club, one of the settings where the popular Buenos Aires athlete shone.

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The plaque in which the Ecuadorian tennis player is immortalized reads: “First Latin American to reach the top. World Tennis Ranking. A teacher and mentor to great tennis players, he was noted for his popularity and unorthodox two-handed shooting technique.”

Pancho Segura Cano: That they remember me as a guy who was born from nothing and emerged through his effort

Segura was born in Guayaquil on June 20, 1921, but settled in California (United States) from 1940 to finish developing his career until he reached the highest recognition in world tennis.

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After his retirement in 1962, he directed several movie figures who played tennis and also professionals such as the former number one Jimmy Connersamong others.

He was the only player to win the Cleveland/Forest Hills US Pro and International Pro titles on three different surfaces (which he did consecutively from 1950 to 1952), he also became “the best individual male tennis player in the world” in 1950 and 1952.

Segura Cano died at the age of 96 in the United States on November 18, 2017.

Among those attending the official presentation of the statue of Segura was one of his colleagues from yesteryear, Miguel Olvera, as well as Andrés Gómez, the only Ecuadorian to win the Roland Garros tournament, in 1990. (D)

Source: Eluniverso

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