General Manuel (Manolo)
Orantes Corral
Male
Spain
1949-02-05
Grenada, Spain


About

Manuel Orantes, a Spanish tennis star of the 1970s and 1980s, who defeated top-seeded Jimmy Connors to capture the 1975 US Open title and played an instrumental role in Spain’s Davis Cup efforts for many years, was inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012.

A gentleman through and through, Spain’s Manuel Orantes was generally regarded as one of the kindest, friendliest players on tour. While there’s no questioning his congeniality, woe to the opponent who may have dismissed him as too kind. Beneath his heart of gold, lay the heart of a champion, and this Spanish tennis great certainly knew how to fight back for the win.

A dominant player throughout his career, Manuel reached the world No. 2 ranking in 1973, and remained in the year-end world top-10 for five consecutive years. He amassed an impressive 33 singles titles and 22 doubles titles during his lengthy career.

Manuel’s run for the 1975 US Open trophy goes down in history as one of the greatest Grand Slam matches ever. In the semifinals, Guillermo Vilas was leading two sets to one, and 5-0 in the fourth set, when Manuel made his move, winning seven games in a row and saving five match points to go to a fifth set. More than four hours after the match began, Manuel triumphed 6-4 in the fifth set and qualified for the finals well after midnight.

The next day he faced the seemingly invincible Jimmy Connors, a fan favorite who was No. 1 seed and defending champion. Not intimidated, Manuel decisively defeated Connors in straight sets to claim the US Open title.

A dedicated Davis Cupper, Manuel was a member of the Spanish team for fourteen years. He was integral in leading the team to the 1967 challenge round against Australia. In all, Manuel netted a winning record of 60 and 27 for his country, and he was also a member of Spain’s victorious 1978 World Team Cup team.

With his genuine sportsmanship, remarkable success on the courts, and devotion to the game, Manuel has truly earned his place among the greatest legends of tennis as a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012.



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Archive statistics 1964 - 1983
60
1126
827


Tournament wins 1979 - Bavarian International Championships (ATP World Tour 250 series)
1979 - Spanish National Championships (Open)
1978 - Serramar (Open)
1978 - US Pro Championships (Professional)
1977 - US Pro Championships (Professional)
1977 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1977 - Japan Open (Open)
1976 - ATP World Tour Finals (ATP)
1976 - Austrian International Championships (Grand Prix Circuit)
1976 - Bavarian International Championships (ATP World Tour 250 series)
1976 - Valencia Open ()
1976 - Aryamehr Cup (Open)
1976 - Madrid - Il Trofeo Gilette (Grand Prix Circuit)
1976 - Grand Prix Masters (Open)
1976 - Gunze International ()
1976 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
1975 - German International Championships ()
1975 - British Hard Court Championships (Open)
1975 - International Championships of Egypt - Cairo (Open)
1975 - Bastad (Open)
1975 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1975 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
1975 - US Open (Grandslam)
1975 - Spanish National Championships (Open)
1975 - Canadian International Championships ()
1974 - Spanish National Championships (Open)
1974 - Coupe Faulcombridge (Open)
1973 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1973 - Louisville Open (Grand Prix Circuit)
1973 - Nice (Grand Prix Circuit)
1973 - Valencia Open ()
1972 - Bastad (Open)
1972 - Altamira International Invitation (Open)
1972 - German International Championships ()
1972 - Coupe Faulcombridge (Open)
1972 - Belgian International Championships ()
1972 - Italian International Championships ()
1971 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
1971 - Royal Palm Invitation (Open)
1971 - Mediterranean Games (Open)
1971 - Spanish National Championships (Open)
1970 - Real Madrid International (Open)
1970 - Spanish National Championships (Open)
1970 - Chile International (Open)
1970 - Baronesa De Pinopar Cup (Open)
1970 - Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's (Amateur)
1970 - Napoli (minor tournament) (Amateur)
1969 - Manly Seaside Tournament (Open)
1969 - Oviedo (Amateur)
1969 - Concurso International (Open)
1969 - Macon Indoor (WCT Circuit)
1969 - Sevilla (Open)
1969 - Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's (Amateur)
1969 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
1968 - Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's (Amateur)
1968 - Oviedo (Amateur)
1968 - Real Madrid International (Open)
1968 - Queensland Hardcourts (Open)
1967 - Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's (Amateur)
1967 - Spanish National Championships (Open)


Tournaments Monte Carlo - 1983 Roland Garros - 1983 Monte Carlo - 1982 Monte Carlo - 1981 Roland Garros - 1981 Monte Carlo - 1980 Roland Garros - 1980 Nice - 1980 Italian International Championships - 1980 River Oaks Tournament - 1980 US Pro Championships - 1980 German International Championships - 1980 Washington Open - 1980 Sarasota Open - 1980 Nations Cup - 1980 Coupe de Vuignier - 1980 Wimbledon - 1979 Monte Carlo - 1979 Roland Garros - 1979 US Clay Courts - 1979 River Oaks Tournament - 1979 US Pro Championships - 1979 German International Championships - 1979 Spanish National Championships - 1979 Conde de Godo - 1979 Bavarian International Championships - 1979 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1979 Madrid Open - 1979 Washington Open - 1979 Louisville Open - 1979 Birmingham International Indoor - 1979 North Conway - 1979 WCT Tournament of Champions - 1979 Sarasota Open - 1979 Nations Cup - 1979 Baron de Vidal Cup - 1979 Monte Carlo - 1978 Roland Garros - 1978 US Open - 1978 Canadian International Championships - 1978 US Clay Courts - 1978 US International Indoor Championships - 1978 US Pro Championships - 1978 German International Championships - 1978 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1978 Indian Wells - 1978 Madrid Open - 1978 Washington Open - 1978 Philadelphia Indoors - 1978 WCT - St. Louis - 1978 Louisville Open - 1978 Washington Indoor - 1978 Denver - 1978 North Conway - 1978 Suntory Cup - 1978 Nations Cup - 1978 Serramar - 1978 Monte Carlo - 1977 US Open - 1977 Canadian International Championships - 1977 Austrian International Championships - 1977 Pacific Coast Championship - 1977 Southern California Championship - 1977 US Clay Courts - 1977 US Pro Championships - 1977 German International Championships - 1977 Spanish National Championships - 1977 Conde de Godo - 1977 Japan Open - 1977 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 1977 Abierto Mexicano - 1977 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1977 Madrid Open - 1977 Philadelphia Indoors - 1977 Hong Kong Open - 1977 Aryamehr Cup - 1977 Birmingham International Indoor - 1977 Manila International - 1977 Gunze International - 1977 North Conway - 1977 WCT - Monterrey - 1977 WCT Challenge Cup - 1977 Pepsi Grand Slam - 1977 Grand Prix Masters - 1977 Roland Garros - 1976 US Open - 1976 Canadian International Championships - 1976 Austrian International Championships - 1976 US Clay Courts - 1976 British Hard Court Championships - 1976 US Pro Championships - 1976 German International Championships - 1976 Spanish National Championships - 1976 Conde de Godo - 1976 Valencia Open - 1976 ATP World Tour Finals - 1976 Bavarian International Championships - 1976 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1976 WCT - St. Louis - 1976 Aryamehr Cup - 1976 WCT - Barcelona - 1976 Gunze International - 1976 Barcelona ATP Open - 1976 North Conway - 1976 Stockholm Open - 1976 Dewar Cup - 1976 King's Cup - Premier Division - 1976 Pepsi Grand Slam - 1976 Madrid - Il Trofeo Gilette - 1976 Wembley Indoor - 1976 Grand Prix Masters - 1976 Monte Carlo - 1975 Roland Garros - 1975 US Open - 1975 Canadian International Championships - 1975 US Clay Courts - 1975 Italian International Championships - 1975 German International Covered Court Championships - 1975 British Hard Court Championships - 1975 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1975 US Pro Championships - 1975 German International Championships - 1975 Japan International Championships - 1975 Spanish National Championships - 1975 Conde de Godo - 1975 Madrid - 1975 Valencia Open - 1975 ATP World Tour Finals - 1975 Madrid Open - 1975 Nations' Cup (Egypt) - 1975 Bastad - 1975 Indian International Championships - 1975 Hong Kong Open - 1975 Louisville Open - 1975 Aryamehr Cup - 1975 Aviles - 1975 Manila International - 1975 WCT - Barcelona - 1975 Barcelona ATP Open - 1975 Wimbledon - 1974 Monte Carlo - 1974 Roland Garros - 1974 US Open - 1974 Canadian International Championships - 1974 Austrian International Championships - 1974 US Clay Courts - 1974 Italian International Championships - 1974 German International Covered Court Championships - 1974 US Pro Championships - 1974 German International Championships - 1974 Argentina International Championships - 1974 Spanish National Championships - 1974 Nottingham - 1974 Conde de Godo - 1974 ATP World Tour Finals - 1974 Bavarian International Championships - 1974 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 1974 Coupe Faulcombridge - 1974 Madrid Open - 1974 Gstaad - 1974 Washington Open - 1974 Philadelphia Indoors - 1974 Dewar Cup Finals - 1974 Louisville Open - 1974 Washington Indoor - 1974 Aryamehr Cup - 1974 WCT - Miami - 1974 Tucson - ATP - 1974 Stockholm Open - 1974 Johannesburg Open - 1974 Monte Carlo - 1973 Roland Garros - 1973 US Open - 1973 Canadian International Championships - 1973 Austrian International Championships - 1973 Nice - 1973 Cincinnati - 1973 US Clay Courts - 1973 Italian International Championships - 1973 German International Championships - 1973 South African Championships - 1973 Barcelona International - 1973 Spanish National Championships - 1973 South of England Championships - 1973 Conde de Godo - 1973 Madrid - 1973 Valencia Open - 1973 ATP World Tour Finals - 1973 Madrid Open - 1973 Bastad - 1973 Washington Open - 1973 Paris Indoor - 1973 Dewar Cup Finals - 1973 Louisville Open - 1973 Aryamehr Cup - 1973 Stockholm Open - 1973 Wimbledon - 1972 Roland Garros - 1972 US Open - 1972 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1972 Italian International Championships - 1972 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1972 US International Indoor Championships - 1972 Central California Championships - 1972 German International Championships - 1972 South African Championships - 1972 Spanish National Championships - 1972 Belgian International Championships - 1972 South of England Championships - 1972 Conde de Godo - 1972 Madrid - 1972 ATP World Tour Finals - 1972 Coupe Faulcombridge - 1972 Altamira International Invitation - 1972 Bastad - 1972 Midland International Indoors - 1972 Hampton - 1972 Washington Indoor - 1972 Rothman International Tournament - 1972 Clean Air Classic - 1972 Kansas City International Indoor - 1972 Los Angeles Inernational - 1972 Wimbledon - 1971 Monte Carlo - 1971 Roland Garros - 1971 US Open - 1971 Austrian International Championships - 1971 Nice - 1971 Paris International Championships - 1971 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1971 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1971 US International Indoor Championships - 1971 German International Championships - 1971 Spanish National Championships - 1971 Conde de Godo - 1971 King's Cup - Final - 1971 Bavarian International Championships - 1971 Mediterranean Games - 1971 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1971 Macon Indoor - 1971 Altamira International Invitation - 1971 Royal Palm Invitation - 1971 King's Cup - Semi-Final b - 1971 Hampton - 1971 King's Cup - Second Round d - 1971 Columbus Open - 1971 Buddy Pontiac International - 1971 Clean Air Classic - 1971 Wimbledon - 1970 Monte Carlo - 1970 Roland Garros - 1970 Austrian International Championships - 1970 Queens Club Tournament - 1970 Italian International Championships - 1970 Argentina International Championships - 1970 Spanish National Championships - 1970 Conde de Godo - 1970 Menton - 1970 Madrid - 1970 Coupe Faulcombridge - 1970 Napoli (minor tournament) - 1970 Real Madrid International - 1970 Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's - 1970 Saltsjoebaden - 1970 Chile International - 1970 Monte Carlo Easter Tournament - 1970 Baronesa De Pinopar Cup - 1970 Wimbledon - 1969 Monte Carlo - 1969 Roland Garros - 1969 US Open - 1969 Victorian Championships - 1969 New South Wales Championships - 1969 Austrian International Championships - 1969 Italian International Championships - 1969 Spanish National Championships - 1969 King's Cup - First Round - 1969 Conde de Godo - 1969 Madrid - 1969 Manly Seaside Tournament - 1969 Macon Indoor - 1969 Altamira International Invitation - 1969 Colombia International - 1969 Curacao International - 1969 Crystal Palace - 1969 Bastad - 1969 Eastbourne Rothman Invitation - 1969 US Open Consolation - 1969 Real Madrid International - 1969 Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's - 1969 Oviedo - 1969 Concurso International - 1969 Sevilla - 1969 Coupe de Galea - 1969 Monte Carlo Easter Tournament - 1969 Barcelona De La Salud - 1969 Australian Open - 1968 Wimbledon - 1968 South Australian Championships - 1968 Monte Carlo - 1968 Roland Garros - 1968 Olympics, Olympic Games - 1968 Italian International Championships - 1968 US International Indoor Championships - 1968 Queensland Championships - 1968 Spanish National Championships - 1968 Madrid - 1968 Macon Indoor - 1968 Kingston International Invitation - 1968 Altamira International Invitation - 1968 Colombia International - 1968 Mexico International - 1968 New York Indoor - 1968 Bastad - 1968 Real Madrid International - 1968 Queensland Hardcourts - 1968 Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's - 1968 Oviedo - 1968 Coupe de Galea - 1968 Queens Club Tournament - 1967 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1967 International Championships of Egypt-Alexandria - 1967 Spanish National Championships - 1967 Conde de Godo - 1967 Madrid - 1967 Mediterranean Games - 1967 Philadelphia Open - 1967 Nations' Cup (Egypt) - 1967 Real Madrid International - 1967 Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's - 1967 Coupe de Galea - 1967 King's Cup - Consolation -Third Place - 1967 Cannes Carlton - 1966 Barcelona International - 1966 Spanish National Championships - 1966 West of England Championships - 1966 Conde de Godo - 1966 Barcelona Fall - Real Turo - 1966 Coupe de Galea - 1966 Spanish National Championships - 1965 Conde de Godo - 1965 Aix-en-Provence - 1965 Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's - 1965 Barcelona Fall - Real Turo - 1965 Spanish National Championships - 1964 Conde de Godo - 1964 Barcelona Fall - Real Turo - 1964

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