General David Aubrey
Samaai
Male
South Africa
1927-12-19
Paarl, South Africa


About

He was known for his big forehand, fearsome serves, his court speed, his enviable back hand, balance, excellent anticipation and impeccable net play. He retained the South African singles championship for 21 years.

Samaai was also a prolific doubles player and held the South African doubles championship title, with partner Ossie Woodman, for many years.

Despite playing during the apartheid years, Samaai defied the odds stacked against him to play at Wimbledon, the French Open, the Swiss Open and the German Open. In 1999, the Paarl resident received the Presidential Sports Award for lifetime achievements in tennis.

He also became the vice-chairperson of the South African Tennis Association in 1999 and continued to serve his community for many years. On Heritage Day 2018, at the age of 91, he was inducted into the Sports Legends Hall of Fame - along with 21 of the Western Cape's sports stars.

Tennis South Africa (TSA) vice-president Riad Davids said Samaai would be forever remembered in the hearts of tennis fans across South Africa.



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Archive statistics 1949 - 1960
8
67
41


Tournament wins 1960 - Tally Ho! (Open)
1958 - South African Non-European Championships (Amateur)
1954 - Shirley Park (Amateur)
1954 - Sutton Coldfield (Amateur)
1954 - Moseley (Amateur)
1951 - Worcestershire Championships (Amateur)
1951 - Matlock (Amateur)
1951 - Hoylake & West Kirby (Amateur)


Tournaments British Hard Court Championships - 1960 West of England Championships - 1960 Surrey Championships - 1960 Priory Club - 1960 London Hard Courts - 1960 Wolverhampton - 1960 St. Anne's on Sea - 1960 Durham County Championships - 1960 Tally Ho! - 1960 Hoylake & West Kirby - 1960 Bedford - 1960 South African Non-European Championships - 1958 Wimbledon - 1954 British Hard Court Championships - 1954 Surrey Championships - 1954 Paddington - 1954 Cologne International - 1954 Gstaad - 1954 Surrey - 1954 Shirley Park - 1954 Sutton Coldfield - 1954 Moseley - 1954 Worcestershire Championships - 1954 Bedford - 1954 Wimbledon - 1951 Roland Garros - 1951 Surrey Championships - 1951 Worcestershire Championships - 1951 Hoylake & West Kirby - 1951 Matlock - 1951 Wimbledon - 1949 West of England Championships - 1949 Matlock - 1949 Bedford - 1949

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