Gustavo Palafox

Gustavo Palafox (15 November 1923 – 21 August 2006) was a Mexican tennis player.[1]

Gustavo Palafox
Country (sports)Mexico Mexico
Born(1923-11-15)15 November 1923
Guadalajara, Mexico
DiedAugust 21, 2006(2006-08-21) (aged 82)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open3R (1952)
Team competitions
Davis CupFAm (1948, 1950, 1954, 1956)
Medal record
Men's tennis
Representing  Mexico
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1951 Buenos Aires Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 1955 Mexico City Men's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1955 Mexico City Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 1959 Chicago Men's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1959 Chicago Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1951 Buenos Aires Men's singles

Life and careerEdit

Palafox won five Pan American Games gold medals during the 1950s.[2]

He competed at the US National Championships four times and made the third round in 1952, with wins over Robert Kerdasha and Don Eisenberg, before a loss to 11th seed Gardnar Mulloy.[3]

In Davis Cup tennis, Palafox took part in nine ties and 20 rubbers, for 10 wins.[4] He beat Australian Ken McGregor in 1950 and four years later made history when he beat Vic Seixas, becoming the first Mexican to defeat an American in the Davis Cup.

Palafox died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in August 2006 at the age of 82.[5][6]


  1. ^ ITF Pro Circuit Profile
  2. ^ Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "Gustavo Palafox ... new Conquistador pro is ex-Mexican Davis Cupper", 3 June 1979
  3. ^ Tennis Archive Profile
  4. ^ Davis Cup Profile
  5. ^ "Gustavo Palafox". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Gustavo Palafox". Family Search. Retrieved 16 March 2021.

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