Nicola Pietrangeli
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.
Nicola Pietrangeli
Country (sports)
ResidenceRome, Italy
Born11 September 1933 (age 87)
Tunis, Tunisia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1968 (amateur tour from 1953)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1986 (member page)
Career record687-278 (71.4%) [1]
Career titles43 [1]
Highest rankingNo. 3 (1959, Lance Tingay)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1957)
French OpenW (1959, 1960)
WimbledonSF (1960)
US Open3R (1955, 1965)
Career record21–20
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenW (1959)
WimbledonF (1956)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenW (1958)
Wimbledon3R (1955, 1959)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (1960Ch, 1961Ch)
Medal record
Mediterranean Games
1963 NaplesSingles
1963 NaplesDoubles
Born 11 September 1933, in Tunis, Tunisia, 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.[2][3]
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.
Pietrangeli was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1986. On his 73rd birthday, the old tennis stadium in Foro Italico of Rome was named in his honour; he is among the very few tennis players to have received such an honour while still living (others include Laver and Margaret Court). He also played in the movie "There Was a Castle with Forty Dogs" in 1990
Grand Slam finals
Singles (2 titles, 2 runners-up)
Win1959French ChampionshipsClay
Ian Vermaak
3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–1
Win1960French ChampionshipsClay
Luis Ayala
3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Loss1961French ChampionshipsClay
Manuel Santana
6–4, 1–6, 6–3, 0–6, 2–6
Loss1964French ChampionshipsClay
Manuel Santana
3–6, 1–6, 6–4, 5–7
Doubles (1 title, 2 runners-up)
Loss1955French ChampionshipsClay
Orlando Sirola
Vic Seixas
Tony Trabert
1–6, 6–4, 2–6, 4–6
Loss1956Wimbledon ChampionshipsGrass
Orlando Sirola
Lew Hoad
Ken Rosewall
5–7, 2–6, 1–6
Win1959French ChampionshipsClay
Orlando Sirola
Roy Emerson
Neale Fraser
6–3, 6–2, 14–12
Mixed doubles (1 title)
Win1958French ChampionshipsClayShirley BloomerLorraine Coghlan
Bob Howe
8–6, 6–2
Performance timeline
(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)
TournamentAmateur careerOpen careerTitles / PlayedCareer W–LCareer Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian OpenAAAQFAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA0 / 12–167%
French Open3R3RQF1R4RWWFQFQFF4R3R3R1R1R3R3R3R1R2 / 2058–1879%
Wimbledon2RQF4R1R4R1RSF3R3R3R2R4R1R2R1R1R1RA3R1R0 / 1930–1863%
Career2 / 4495–4070%
See also
Legends of Italian sport - Walk of Fame
  1. ^ a b Garcia, Gabriel. "Nicola Pietrangeli: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 427.
  3. ^ "Hard Won Major U.S. Title", The Milwaukee Sentinel, 25 December 1961.
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