General Andres
Gimeno Tolaguera
Male
Spain
1937-08-03
Barcelona, Spain
2019-10-09
Barcelona, Spain


About

Andrés Gimeno Tolaguera is a retired Spanish tennis player. His greatest achievement came in 1972,when he captured the French Open title in 1972 at age 34.Spain’s Andrés Gimeno became the oldest ever to win at Roland Garros. Securing that title was a fitting capstone to a superb career. An authentic craftsman with terrific ground strok es and extraordinary strategic acumen, Gimeno was one of the finest professionals of the 1960s.

Andres came from a family that loved tennis and his father Esteban supported him to play tennis. Esteban had been a good tennis player and he became Andres' coach. They practiced at Real Club de Tenis Barcelona. At an early age Andres started to become a really good tennis player, winning some important tournaments in his region. At age sixteen he won the U-18 Championship of Spain. In 1954 he won the Championship of Spain in the doubles’ category playing with Juan Manuel Couder. At the same time, he stopped studying to focus on his tennis’ career.

He was a successful tennis player in Spain, but also represented his country throughout Europe. He played in the Galea's Cup, the European Championship U21, and won it in 1956 and 1957. He was the runner-up in 1958. After that, he decided to go to Australia to play with the man who was considered the best tennis coach in the world, Harry Hopman. He increased his tennis level and soon, he had two important victories in the championships in Perth and in Sidney.

Gimeno went back to Spain in 1960 where he then did his best year as an amateur, winning the titles in Barcelona, Caracas, Montecarlo, and Queen's. In Barcelona, he became the first Spanish player to win the Torneo Conde de Godó, beating the Italian player Giuseppe Merlo. That same year he reached the doubles final too, but failed to win in that category, losing to an Australian duo in the final. After that year, he joined the professional group “World Championship Tennis”, where Jack Kramer offered him $50,000 for three years, and more money for each victory. The group consisted of some of the best tennis players in history such as Rod Laver, Pancho Gonzalez, Ken Rosewall. Gimeno won the World Championship in 1966, beating Rod Laver in five sets and the same tournament in doubles. He also won the Netherlands' Open, the Madison Square Garden's Championship in 1969, the Dakar and Hamburg in 1971.

His Grand Slam's results came in 1968 when the Open Era started and the professional could participate in Grand Slams. His first good result was the final in Australian Open in 1969, where he lost to Rod Laver in three sets.

Andres Gimeno's best year was in 1972 when he was a finalist in Brussels and in Paris, and he won in Los Angeles, in Eastbourne, in Gstaad, and the French Open. The Catalan won his first and only Grand Slam in 1972. He holds the record for the oldest male player to win the French Open (at the age of 34). In the final, he beat the French player Patrick Proisy in four sets (4–6, 6–3, 6–1, 6–1). In addition, he reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon. In 1973 he reached the final in Hilversum, where Tom Okker beat him in five sets.

Gimeno was an active Davis Cup player, recording an 18–5 singles record and 5–5 his doubles record. His debut was in the match that Spain played against Egypt with one of the most important players in Spain, Manuel Santana. He couldn’t play the competition while he was a part of the professional group, but he participated as coach in 1966. In 1973 he got injured his meniscus and decided to quit playing tennis. He became the tennis coach in the RFET, Tennis’ Spanish Federation and then in the Suisse Federation.

After his professional career, he decided to join the tennis circuit for retired players called Legends Championship. He also founded a tennis club in 1974 called "Club de Tenis Andres Gimeno" in Castelldefels, Barcelona. Gimeno was always attracted to journalism once he hung up the racket and was a television commentator as well as a columnist for MARCA in the 1990s. He also worked as tennis commentator in Television Espanola and in Telecinco, both Spanish televisions.

He was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009, becoming the fourth Spanish tennis player in it, after Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Manuel Alonso and Manuel Santana.

Gimeno died due to a pancreatic cancer against which he battled for a long time.



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Archive statistics 1953 - 1977
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966
631


Tournament wins 1973 - Coupe Faulcombridge (Open)
1972 - Spanish National Championships (Open)
1972 - South of England Championships (Amateur)
1972 - Los Angeles Inernational (Open)
1972 - Gstaad (ATP)
1972 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
1971 - Dakar (Open)
1971 - German International Championships ()
1970 - Dallas Morning News Classic (Open)
1969 - SPOGA cup (Professional)
1969 - Barcelona Pros (Professional)
1969 - Garden Challenge Trophy Open (Open)
1968 - Cannes Pro Championships (Professional)
1968 - Bogota Pro Championships (Professional)
1968 - Binghampton Pro Championships (Professional)
1967 - Barcelona Pros (Professional)
1967 - Cincinnati Pro Championships (Professional)
1966 - Barcelona Pros (Professional)
1966 - World Pro Championships (Professional)
1966 - US Pro Hardcourts (Professional)
1966 - Uganda Pros (Professional)
1966 - Geneva Professional Gold Trophy (Professional)
1965 - Milan Professional Championships (Professional)
1965 - Rimini Pros (Professional)
1965 - Port Elizabeth Pros (Professional)
1965 - Aix-Les-Baines Professionals (Professional)
1964 - Baltimore Pro Championships (Professional)
1964 - Dutch Professional Championships (Professional)
1964 - Nairobi Pros (Professional)
1963 - San Diego Pro Championships (Professional)
1963 - Portschach Pros (Professional)
1960 - Valencia Open ()
1960 - Barcelona De La Salud (Amateur)
1960 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
1960 - Coupe Faulcombridge (Open)
1960 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1960 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
1960 - Altamira International Invitation (Open)
1959 - Spanish National Championships (Open)
1959 - Western Australia Championships (Open)
1959 - Oviedo (Amateur)
1958 - Ulster Championships (Open)
1958 - Saint-Gervais (Amateur)
1958 - Madrid (Open)
1957 - Spanish National Championships (Open)
1957 - Barcelona International Christmas (Amateur)
1957 - Dijonnais (Amateur)
1957 - Cannes Championships (Open)
1957 - Cap d 'Antibes (Amateur)
1957 - Menton (Open)
1956 - Barcelona Fall - Real Turo (Amateur)
1956 - Valladolid (Amateur)


Tournaments Gottfried Von Cramm Memorial - 1977 Valencia Open - 1974 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1974 Monte Carlo - 1973 Roland Garros - 1973 Nice - 1973 Netherlands International Championships - 1973 British Hard Court Championships - 1973 South of England Championships - 1973 Coupe Faulcombridge - 1973 Gstaad - 1973 Florence International - 1973 Wimbledon - 1972 Roland Garros - 1972 US Open - 1972 Canadian International Championships - 1972 Paris International Championships - 1972 US Clay Courts - 1972 Italian International Championships - 1972 US International Indoor Championships - 1972 South African Championships - 1972 Spanish National Championships - 1972 Belgian International Championships - 1972 South of England Championships - 1972 Conde de Godo - 1972 King's Cup - Final - 1972 Madrid - 1972 ATP World Tour Finals - 1972 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1972 Gstaad - 1972 King's Cup - Semi-Final b - 1972 Midland International Indoors - 1972 Hampton - 1972 Dewar Cup Finals - 1972 Washington Indoor - 1972 Rothman International Tournament - 1972 Clean Air Classic - 1972 Kansas City International Indoor - 1972 Los Angeles Inernational - 1972 Stockholm Open - 1972 Australian Open - 1971 Wimbledon - 1971 Canadian International Championships - 1971 Pacific Coast Championship - 1971 Italian International Championships - 1971 US Pro Championships - 1971 German International Championships - 1971 South African Championships - 1971 South of England Championships - 1971 Conde de Godo - 1971 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1971 Midland Invitation - 1971 Wills Open Championships - 1971 Washington Open - 1971 Philadelphia Indoors - 1971 Colonial Pro Invitation - 1971 Bologna Indoor - 1971 Louisville Open - 1971 WCT-Quebec - 1971 WCT - Chicago - 1971 Rothman International Tournament - 1971 WCT - Vancouver - 1971 Dakar - 1971 Aventura Classic - 1971 WCT Dallas - 1971 Aryamehr Cup - 1971 WCT Cologne - 1971 Stockholm Open - 1971 Wimbledon - 1970 Monte Carlo - 1970 US Open - 1970 Canadian International Championships - 1970 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1970 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1970 US Pro Championships - 1970 South of England Championships - 1970 Conde de Godo - 1970 British Covered Court Championships - 1970 Philadelphia Open - 1970 South Texas Pros - 1970 WCT - St. Louis - 1970 Paris Indoor - 1970 Casablanca Pros - 1970 Montgomery Ward Cup - 1970 Dunlop Slazenger International Open - 1970 Dallas Morning News Classic - 1970 Howard Hughes Pro Invitation - 1970 National Tennis Classic - 1970 Fort Worth Pros - 1970 WCT - Vancouver - 1970 German Pro Tour - 1970 Los Angeles Tennis Classic - 1970 Grenoble Pro - 1970 Basel Pro - 1970 Stockholm Open - 1970 Australian Open - 1969 Wimbledon - 1969 Monte Carlo - 1969 Roland Garros - 1969 US Open - 1969 New South Wales Championships - 1969 Queens Club Tournament - 1969 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1969 South African Championships - 1969 British Covered Court Championships - 1969 Philadelphia Open - 1969 Burger King Challenge Cup - 1969 Midland Pros - 1969 Garden Challenge Trophy Open - 1969 Wills Open Championships - 1969 Dutch Professional Championships - 1969 Colonial Pro Invitation - 1969 Incline Village Pro Invitation - 1969 Chicago Planters Pro Tourney - 1969 Howard Hughes Open - 1969 SPOGA cup - 1969 Madrid Pros - 1969 Barcelona Pros - 1969 Stockholm Open - 1969 Wimbledon - 1968 Roland Garros - 1968 US Open - 1968 Queens Club Tournament - 1968 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1968 British Hard Court Championships - 1968 Kent Championships - 1968 French Professional Championship - 1968 Madison Square Garden Pro Championships - 1968 Madison Square Garden Fields - 1968 Buenos Aires Pro Championships - 1968 Bogota Pro Championships - 1968 Cannes Pro Championships - 1968 Paris Pro Championships - 1968 Wembley Invitation - 1968 South American Championship - 1968 Midland Pros - 1968 South Texas Pros - 1968 Sao Paulo Pros - 1968 Wembley Professional Championships - 1968 Binghampton Pro Championships - 1968 Colonial Pro Invitation - 1968 Lima Pro - 1968 French Professional Championship - 1967 Madison Square Garden Pro Championships - 1967 Orlando Professional Championships - 1967 Pacific Coast Professionals - 1967 Wembley Professional Championships - 1967 Los Angeles Professional Championships - 1967 New York Pro Tournament - 1967 San Juan Pros - 1967 Planters Pro Challenge Cup - 1967 Boston Pros - 1967 US Pro Hardcourts - 1967 International Pro Cup - 1967 World Pro Championships - 1967 US Pro Grasscourt Championships - 1967 Binghampton Pro Championships - 1967 Cincinnati Pro Championships - 1967 Wimbledon Pros - 1967 Marseille Pros Autumn - 1967 Barcelona Pros - 1967 Abidjan Pros - 1967 Belfast Professional - 1967 Adelaide Professional Championships - 1966 French Professional Championship - 1966 Madison Square Garden Pro Championships - 1966 New South Wales Pro Championships - 1966 Johannesburg Pros - 1966 Cape Town Pros - 1966 Wembley Professional Championships - 1966 US Pro Hardcourts - 1966 World Pro Championships - 1966 US Pro Grasscourt Championships - 1966 Senegal Pros - 1966 Casablanca Pros - 1966 Melbourne Pros - 1966 Brisbane Professional Championships - 1966 Geneva Professional Gold Trophy - 1966 Milan Professional Championships - 1966 Barcelona Pros - 1966 French Pro Events - 1966 Peacock Gap Pros - 1966 Newport Pro Tournament - 1966 Nairobi Pros - 1966 Nancy Pros - 1966 Forest Hills Pros - 1966 Foz Do Douro - 1966 Benoni Professionals - 1966 Uganda Pros - 1966 Abidjan Pros - 1966 French Professional Championship - 1965 Cannes Pro Championships - 1965 Johannesburg Pros - 1965 Durban Pros - 1965 Port Elizabeth Pros - 1965 Cape Town Pros - 1965 Wembley Professional Championships - 1965 New York Pro Tournament - 1965 Italian International Professionals - 1965 WCT - St. Louis - 1965 Scandinavian Professional Championships - 1965 Rhodesian Professional Championships - 1965 Milan Professional Championships - 1965 Masters Round Robin Professionals - 1965 Aix-Les-Baines Professionals - 1965 South Africa Professional Matches - 1965 Peacock Gap Pros - 1965 Seafirst-Greater Seattle Pros - 1965 Tahoe Racquet Club Pros - 1965 Greater Washington Pros - 1965 Newport Pro Tournament - 1965 Rimini Pros - 1965 Sitges Pros - 1965 Ulster Professional Championships - 1965 US Pro Championships - 1964 US Pro Indoors - 1964 French Professional Championship - 1964 World Professional Tournament - 1964 Cannes Pro Championships - 1964 Baltimore Pro Championships - 1964 Johannesburg Pros - 1964 Port Elizabeth Pros - 1964 Cape Town Pros - 1964 Wembley Professional Championships - 1964 Dutch Professional Championships - 1964 Milwaukee Pros - 1964 WCT - St. Louis - 1964 Geneva Professional Gold Trophy - 1964 Rhodesian Professional Championships - 1964 Masters Round Robin Professionals - 1964 Montreux Pros - 1964 South Africa Professional Matches - 1964 Cairo International Professionals - 1964 French Pro Events - 1964 Venice Professional - 1964 Egyptian Professionals - 1964 Nairobi Pros - 1964 French Professional Championship - 1963 World Professional Tournament - 1963 San Diego Pro Championships - 1963 Cannes Pro Championships - 1963 Wembley Professional Championships - 1963 Italian International Professionals - 1963 Portschach Pros - 1963 Kitzbühel Pros - 1963 Adelaide Professional Championships - 1962 French Professional Championship - 1962 Wembley Professional Championships - 1962 Melbourne Pros - 1962 South Australia Pros - 1962 Kramer Cup - 1962 Geneva Professional Gold Trophy - 1962 Swedish Professional Championships - 1962 Milan Professional Championships - 1962 Zurich Professional Championship - 1962 World Professional Tournament - 1961 Dutch Professional Championships - 1961 London Indoor Professionals - 1961 London Indoor Professionals Consolation - 1961 Professional Clay Courts - 1961 Kramer Cup - 1961 San Remo Professional Tournament - 1961 Scandinavian Professional Championships - 1961 Viareggio Pros - 1961 Wimbledon - 1960 Monte Carlo - 1960 Roland Garros - 1960 Queens Club Tournament - 1960 US International Indoor Championships - 1960 Conde de Godo - 1960 Madrid - 1960 French Professional Championship - 1960 Valencia Open - 1960 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1960 Coupe Faulcombridge - 1960 Altamira International Invitation - 1960 Colombia International - 1960 Antwerpen International - 1960 Japan Professional Championships - 1960 Venezuelan International Clay Courts - 1960 French Professional - Consolation - 1960 London Indoor Professionals - 1960 London Indoor Professionals Consolation - 1960 Barcelona De La Salud - 1960 Australian Open - 1959 Wimbledon - 1959 Queens Club Tournament - 1959 Barcelona International - 1959 Spanish National Championships - 1959 Western Australia Championships - 1959 Cava Dei Tirreni - 1959 Coupe Albert Canet - 1959 Oviedo - 1959 Wimbledon - 1958 South Australian Championships - 1958 Monte Carlo - 1958 Roland Garros - 1958 Victorian Championships - 1958 New South Wales Championships - 1958 Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1958 Paris International Championships - 1958 Queens Club Tournament - 1958 French Covered Court Championships - 1958 German International Championships - 1958 Queensland Championships - 1958 Deauville - 1958 Spanish National Championships - 1958 West of England Championships - 1958 Cannes Gallia - 1958 Baden-Baden - 1958 Conde de Godo - 1958 Menton - 1958 Madrid - 1958 Australian Capital Territory Championships - 1958 Sydney Metropolitan Grasscourt Championships - 1958 Bavarian International Championships - 1958 Coupe Marcel Poree - 1958 Ulster Championships - 1958 Gallia - 1958 Madrid Cup - 1958 Saint-Gervais - 1958 Wimbledon - 1957 Monte Carlo - 1957 Roland Garros - 1957 Cannes Carlton - 1957 Cannes Championships - 1957 Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1957 Queens Club Tournament - 1957 French Covered Court Championships - 1957 South of France Championships - 1957 Spanish National Championships - 1957 Cannes Gallia - 1957 Cap d 'Antibes - 1957 Conde de Godo - 1957 Menton - 1957 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1957 Aix-en-Provence - 1957 Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's - 1957 Antwerpen International - 1957 Dijonnais - 1957 Barcelona International Christmas - 1957 Madrid Cup - 1957 Spain vs. Switzerland - 1957 Barcelona Covered Courts - 1957 Wimbledon - 1956 Monte Carlo - 1956 Roland Garros - 1956 Swiss International Championships - 1956 Beaulieu - 1956 Queens Club Tournament - 1956 Spanish National Championships - 1956 West of England Championships - 1956 Conde de Godo - 1956 Menton - 1956 Pau - 1956 Barcelona Fall - Real Turo - 1956 Valladolid - 1956 Asnieres Indoor - 1956 Italian International Championships - 1955 Spanish National Championships - 1955 San Remo - 1955 Conde de Godo - 1955 Genoa - 1955 Florence International - 1955 Spanish National Championships - 1954 Conde de Godo - 1954 Barcelona International Christmas - 1954 Barcelona International Christmas - 1953

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