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Iván Molina (born 16 June 1946[1][2]) is a former professional Colombian tennis player.

Iván Molina
Country (sports) Colombia
Born (1946-06-16) 16 June 1946 (age 73)
Maceo, Colombia
PlaysLeft-handed
Singles
Career record142–184
Career titles0
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open2R (1978)
Wimbledon2R (1972, 1973)
US Open2R (1975, 1977)
Doubles
Career record102–147
Career titles2
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open3R (1971, 1973, 1975)
Wimbledon2R (1972, 1974)
US Open2R (1972)
Mixed doubles
Career record25–11
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenW (1974)
WimbledonQF (1972)
US Open3R (1972)

Molina and Martina Navratilova teamed to win the 1974 French Open mixed doubles title, beating Rosie Reyes Darmon and Marcello Lara 6–3, 6–3 in the final.[3] Together with Florenţa Mihai, he reached the French Open mixed doubles final in 1977, losing to Mary Carillo and John McEnroe. The left-hander played 46 matches in the Davis Cup for Colombia from 1970 to 1979, winning 15 and losing 14 of his singles matches and winning 7 and losing 10 of his doubles matches. In 1974, he led Colombia to the Davis Cup Americas Inter-Zonal Final. He played 8 Tennis Grand Prix doubles finals (1 win) and 2 singles finals (no wins) and reached his highest singles ranking of 22 in April 1976 on the Grand Prix. He is considered to be the best Colombian tennis player of all time.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Mixed doubles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1974 French Open Clay   Martina Navratilova   Marcello Lara
  Rosie Reyes Darmon
6–3, 6–3
Loss 1977 French Open Clay   Florenţa Mihai   Mary Carillo
  John McEnroe
7–6, 6–3

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (2 runners-up)Edit

Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 1975 Nice International Championships, France Clay   Dick Crealy 7–6, 3–6, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Oct 1975 Aryamehr Cup, Iran Clay   Eddie Dibbs 6–1, 4–6, 5–7, 4–6

Doubles: 10 (2 titles-8 runner-up)Edit

Finals by surface
Hard (0–3)
Clay (2–5)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jul 1973 Dutch Open, Netherlands Clay   Allan Stone   Andrés Gimeno
  Antonio Muñoz
4–6, 7–6, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Nov 1973 ATP Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Patricio Cornejo   Ricardo Cano
  Guillermo Vilas
7–6, 6–3
Loss 1–2 Feb 1974 ATP Birmingham, USA Hard   Nicholas Kalogeropoulos   Ian Fletcher
  Sandy Mayer
4–6, 7–6, 6–1
Loss 1–3 Mar 1974 Salt Lake City Open, USA Indoor   Jairo Velasco   Jimmy Connors
  Vitas Gerulaitis
6–2, 6–7, 5–7
Win 2–3 Jul 1974 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Jairo Velasco   František Pala
  Balázs Taróczy
2–6, 7–6, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 2–4 Oct 1974 Calgary, Canada Indoor   Jairo Velasco   Jürgen Fassbender
  Karl Meiler
4–6, 4–6
Loss 2–5 May 1974 Nice International Championships,France Clay   Jairo Velasco   Marcello Lara
  Joaquín Loyo Mayo
6–7, 7–6, 8–6
Loss 2–6 Mar 1977 ATP Florence, Italy Clay   Jairo Velasco   Chris Lewis
  Russell Simpson
6–2, 6–7, 2–6
Loss 2–7 Oct 1979 ATP Bordeaux, France Clay   Bernard Fritz   Patrice Dominguez
  Denis Naegelen
4–6, 4–6
Loss 2–8 Nov 1979 Quito Open, Ecuador Clay   Jairo Velasco   Jaime Fillol
  Álvaro Fillol
7–6, 3–6, 1–6

Performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
French Open A 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1–9
Wimbledon A A 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R A A A A 2–5
US Open A A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R A 1R A 2–7
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–3 0–3 1–3 0–3 2–2 0–1 0–2 0–1 5–21
Year-end ranking - - 54 94 54 91 95 101 100 - -

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
French Open A 3R A 3R 2R 3R 2R 1R 1R A 1R A 2R 9–9
Wimbledon A A 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R A A A A A A 2–5
US Open A A 2R A A A A A A A A A A 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 12–15

Mixed doublesEdit

Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
French Open A 2R A A W QF QF F 2R A A 19–5
Wimbledon A 1R QF 2R A 1R 1R A A A A 4–5
US Open A A 3R A A A A A A A A 2–1
Win–Loss 0–0 1–2 5–2 1–1 6–0 3–2 3–2 5–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 25–11

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "El legendario Iván Molina vuelve a Medellín a dictar cátedra" (in Spanish). Medellín: El Colombiano. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  2. ^ Other sources cite Bogota (official ATP webcite) or Maceo, Antioquia (profile at the Colomvian portal Tras La Cola de La Rata) as his birthplace
  3. ^ "Iván Molina" (in Spanish). Semana. 2 February 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2014.

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