Tall and agile, resourceful and durable, ever willing to fight his way through difficult skirmishes, Sven Davidson established himself as the first Swedish player to win a Grand Slam Championship.
Having reached the finals of the 1955 and 1956 French Championships at Roland Garros, he flourished on the Paris clay in 1957.
A Swedish Davis Cup competitor for more than a decade (1950-61), he was dependable and purposeful when he played for his nation, winning 39 of 53 singles contests.
In 1958 he partnered with Ulf Schmidt to win the doubles title at the Wimbledon Championships defeating the Australian pair Ashley Cooper and Neale Fraser in three straight sets.
Davidson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007.
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