The Spanish Tennis Association announced today that the oldest French Open men’s singles champion Andres Gimeno in the era of the Open, died, 82 years old. Spanish “barbarians” Nadal and other tennis stars have expressed their condolences.
Jimeno’s greatest achievement was the French Open champion at the age of 34 in 1972. He also reached the Australian Open final in 1969 and advanced to the top 4 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in 1970.
Agence France-Presse reported that the Spanish Tennis Association (RFET) statement pointed out: “One of the indicators of the Spanish tennis team, Jimeno, who had been fighting with the disease for a long time, died today in Barcelona and lived 82 years old. Royal Spain The Tennis Association wants to express condolences to his family and relatives.”
Rafael Nadal, the world’s second-ranked Spanish star, said on Twitter that Jimeno is the “pioneer” of Spanish tennis.
He wrote in the tweet: “I just learned the loss of Jimeno’s death. There is no doubt that he is a pioneer of Spanish tennis and a great athlete. I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family. May the deceased rest in peace. .”
Jimeno has won 44 championships and represented Spain in the Davis Cup from 1958 to 1960 and from 1972 to 1973. He entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009.
Stan Smith, the American legend who won Wimbledon and the US Open, called Gimeno “a diligent contestant.”
Smith, now the chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, said: “I have been on him in some big competitions. I can guarantee this. Most of the time, I remember that Jimeno is a good person. Whether it is defeated or defeated He, it is hard not to like Gimeno.”