Alan Abraham Segal (23 October 1930 – 4 April 2016) was a South African tennis player.
|Full name||Alan Abraham Segal|
|Country (sports)||South Africa|
|Born||23 October 1930|
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Died||4 April 2016 (aged 85)|
Cape Town, South Africa
|Plays||Left-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1954)|
|French Open||3R (1955, 1957, 1961, 1962)|
|US Open||4R (1956)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1954)|
|French Open||F (1958, 1963)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1964)|
|Davis Cup||FEu (1965)|
Early life and careerEdit
He was critical of South Africa's policy of Apartheid. Alex Metreveli and István Gulyás both refused to compete in the 1964 Wimbledon against Segal, a white South African, because of the country's policy. In response, black tennis player Arthur Ashe said he would play Segal any time, because he did not think politics had a place in sports. Weeks later Segal played Ashe in Illinois, beating him. This prompted the International Lawn Tennis Federation to pass a resolution prohibiting racial discrimination and withdrawing from a tournament except for "health or bereavement" reasons.
He played for the South African Davis Cup team in 19 ties in the years 1955, 57, 59, 61-65 and compiled a record of 24 wins and 14 losses.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Doubles (2 runner-ups)Edit
|Runner-up||1958||French Championships||Clay||Robert Howe|| Ashley Cooper
|6–3, 6–8, 3–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||1963||French Championships||Clay||Gordon Forbes|| Roy Emerson
|2–6, 4–6, 4–6|
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