General Miguel
Olvera
Male
Ecuador
1939-11-14
Salitre, Ecuador


About

He was a tennis player in the 1960s and 1970s, playing for Ecuador.

In 1960, as an unseeded player, he won the singles title at the Cincinnati Masters. He remains to this day the only unseeded player ever to win the singles title in Cincinnati. (The tournament began in 1899 and seeding began in 1927.)

In 1967 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Olvera and teammate Pancho Guzmán led the Ecuadorian Davis Cup to a stunning upset of the mighty United States Davis Cup team. After American Cliff Richey defeated Guzmán in the first singles match, Olvera, then 26 years old, faced Arthur Ashe in the second singles match. Ashe had never lost a set in ten previous Davis Cup matches, but Olvera came back after dropping the first set to win 4–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–2.

Ecuadorian captain Danny Carrera was so thrilled with the win that he attempted to jump the net to embrace Olvera, tripped and broke his leg. At 21, Guzmán then teamed with Olvera in the doubles, and overcame a 0–6, 2–5 deficit to knock off Marty Riessen and Clark Graebner 0–6,9–7,6–4,4–6,8–6. The next day, Guzmán beat Ashe in five sets to give Ecuador the victory.

In 1968, he participated at the Olympic Games tennis competition in Mexico City. He takes the 4th place in doubles associated with Pancho Guzmán failing in the match counting for the bronze medal against the Franco-Mexican pair Darmon / Loyo Mayo. Not very active on the circuit for a few years, he interrupted his career in 1970, still playing in the Davis Cup until 1977, including with his student Ricardo Ycaza. In 1973, he succeeded Danny Carrera as captain of the team he led until 1981.

Today, Olvera is a tennis coach in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

In 2018, he obtained the title of the IV ITF Seniors Grade 1 Tournament City of Guayaquil, category 75 years, which was held at the Guayaquil Tenis Club. With this trophy, Olvera, glory of Ecuadorian tennis, achieved his fourth consecutive title since in 2015 the ITF seniors were institutionalized. In the final, the Ecuadorian defeated one of the favorites of the tournament, the American Robert F. Royden, 6-1 and 6-3. At the end of the match, the tricolor said that “since 2015 I have been playing ITF in Guayaquil I have not lost a match. I am undefeated, I hope to continue like this, but for this we must continue preparing. ”

Miguel Olvera participates internationally in ITF Seniors and World Cup tournaments in the category. He is currently a tennis teacher at school that bears his name at the FET National Tennis Center.



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Archive statistics 1957 - 1977
10
308
187


Tournament wins 1971 - Ecuadorian Nationals (Open)
1971 - Florida State Championship (Open)
1967 - Ecuadorian Nationals (Open)
1966 - Roland Garros Consolation (Open)
1963 - Florida State Championship (Open)
1963 - South Florida (Open)
1963 - Florida Gold Coast (Amateur)
1960 - Southampton - Consolation (Amateur)
1960 - Cincinnati (ATP)
1960 - Dixieland (Open)


Tournaments US Open Qualifying - 1977 Lakeland Classic - 1975 Miami - 1974 WCT - St. Petersburg - Qualifying - 1974 Miami Invitational - 1973 Miami - 1972 Florida State Championship - 1972 South Florida - 1972 Fort Lauderdale - 1972 Vina del Mar Spring - 1972 Saga Bay Mini Grand Prix - 1972 Club de Tennis La Paz - 1972 Bogota - 1972 Miami - 1971 Florida State Championship - 1971 South Florida - 1971 Ecuadorian Nationals - 1971 Fort Lauderdale - 1971 Cincinnati - 1970 US Clay Courts - 1970 Washington Open - 1970 Campeonato Bolivariano - 1970 US Open - 1969 Mitre Cup - Final - 1969 Mitre Cup - Semi-Final a - 1969 Mitre Cup - First Round a - 1969 US National Amateur Championships - 1969 Ecuadorian Nationals - 1969 Olympics, Olympic Games - 1968 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1968 St. Petersburg Masters Invitation - 1968 Charlotte - 1968 Austrian International Championships - 1967 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1967 US Clay Courts - 1967 Western States Championships - 1967 German International Championships - 1967 Mitre Cup - Semi-Final b - 1967 Bavarian International Championships - 1967 Mitre Cup - First Round c - 1967 Brumana International - 1967 Pan American Games - 1967 Ecuadorian Nationals - 1967 Elbe Cup - 1967 Wimbledon - 1966 Roland Garros - 1966 US Open - 1966 Queens Club Tournament - 1966 Italian International Championships - 1966 Netherlands International Championships - 1966 German International Championships - 1966 West of England Championships - 1966 Conde de Godo - 1966 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1966 Mitre Cup - Semi-Final a - 1966 Reggio Calabria - 1966 Roland Garros Consolation - 1966 Western States Championships - 1965 Campeonato Bolivariano - 1965 Miami - 1963 Dixie Championships - 1963 Florida State Championship - 1963 South Florida - 1963 Austin Smith Championships - 1963 Florida Gold Coast - 1963 Wimbledon - 1962 Monte Carlo - 1962 Roland Garros - 1962 US Open - 1962 Swiss International Championships - 1962 Nice - 1962 Paris International Championships - 1962 Queens Club Tournament - 1962 Italian International Championships - 1962 Netherlands International Championships - 1962 Dixie Championships - 1962 German International Championships - 1962 West of England Championships - 1962 Wiesbaden Championships - 1962 Mitre Cup - Final - 1962 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1962 Mitre Cup - Semi-Final b - 1962 US Open Qualifying - 1962 Sicilian International Championships - 1962 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1962 Altamira International Invitation - 1962 Colombia International - 1962 Mitre Cup - First Round c - 1962 Masters Invitation - 1962 Gstaad - 1962 Brussels Cup - 1962 Ignis International - 1962 Elbe Cup - 1962 US Open - 1961 Miami - 1961 Newport Casino Tournament - 1961 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1961 Southern Championships - 1961 Tennessee Valley Invitation - 1961 Cincinnati - 1961 US Clay Courts - 1961 Dixie Championships - 1961 Argentina International Championships - 1961 Florida State Championship - 1961 South Florida - 1961 Caribbean Championships - 1961 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1961 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1961 Austin Smith Championships - 1961 Kingston International Invitation - 1961 Colombia International - 1961 Masters Invitation - 1961 Minikahda Invitation - 1961 Florida Gold Coast - 1961 US Open - 1960 Canadian International Championships - 1960 Newport Casino Tournament - 1960 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1960 Southern Championships - 1960 Tennessee Valley Invitation - 1960 Cincinnati - 1960 US Clay Courts - 1960 Western States Championships - 1960 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1960 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1960 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1960 Altamira International Invitation - 1960 Colombia International - 1960 Masters Invitation - 1960 Dixieland - 1960 Minikahda Invitation - 1960 Southampton - Consolation - 1960 Pan American Games - 1959 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1958 Argentina International Championships - 1957

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