Nicola "Nicky" Pietrangeli
(Italian pronunciation: [niˈkɔːla pjeˈtrandʒeli]
; born 11 September 1933) is a former Italian tennis
player. He won two singles titles at the French Championships
and is considered by many to be Italy's greatest tennis champion.
Born 11 September 1933, in Tunis
, Pietrangeli appeared in four men's singles finals at Roland Garros
– winning the title in 1959 and 1960, and finishing runner-up in 1961 and 1964. He also won the Roland Garros men's doubles title in 1959 (together with Orlando Sirola
), and the mixed doubles in 1958. At Wimbledon
, Pietrangeli was a single semifinalist in 1960
, when he lost to Rod Laver
in 5 sets. He won the Italian Open
in 1957 and 1961 and was ranked World No. 3 by Lance Tingay
of The Daily Telegraph
in 1959 and 1960 and also by Ned Potter in 1961.
Pietrangeli represented Italy in the Davis Cup
between 1954 and 1972. He played in a record 164 Davis Cup rubbers, winning a record 120. He was a player on the Italian teams which reached the Davis Cup final in 1960 and 1961. Both finals were played on grass courts in Australia, and the Italians were not able to overcome the strong Australian team which included Laver, Roy Emerson
and Neale Fraser
After retiring as a player, Pietrangeli became Italy's Davis Cup team captain and guided them to winning their first-ever Davis Cup in 1976.
Grand Slam finals
Singles (2 titles, 2 runners-up) Doubles (1 title, 2 runners-up)
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
- ^ a b Garcia, Gabriel. "Nicola Pietrangeli: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
- ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 427.
- ^ "Hard Won Major U.S. Title", The Milwaukee Sentinel, 25 December 1961.
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