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Jan-Erik Lundqvist[2] (born 14 April 1937, in Stockholm) is a former Swedish international tennis player. During the entire 1960s he was Sweden's best tennis player.

Jan-Erik Lundqvist
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Country (sports) Sweden
ResidenceStockholm, Sweden
Born (1937-04-14) 14 April 1937 (age 82)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1954 (amateur tour)
Retired1969
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career titles35
Highest rankingNo. 3 (1964, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1959)
French OpenSF (1961, 1964)
Wimbledon4R (1960, 1963)
US Open3R (1962)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1959)
Wimbledon3R (1960)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (1960, 1963)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (1962, 1964)

At the height of his career, Jan-Erik won at least 35 international titles and played 91 Davis Cup-matches from 1957 to 1970.

Lundqvist was ranked among the 10 best amateur players (rankings made by leading tennis journalist Lance Tingay at the Daily Telegraph) in the world during most of the 1960s, reaching as high as World No. 3 in 1964.[1]

Lundqvist declined professional offers from Jack Kramer in 1960 and 1965.

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The Davis Cup anchorEdit

The Swedish Davis Cup team with Lundqvist as anchor celebrated taking a number of triumphs, including reaching Inter-Zonal final against Mexico in 1962 and Australia in 1964. Lundqvist is the most successful Davis Cup single player Sweden has ever had with his 47 wins.

35 international titles in 46 finalsEdit

In 1964 he won, among other titles, Italian Open (tennis) and was ranked number 3 in the world after Roy Emerson and Fred Stolle.

In 1965 Jan-Erik was appointed the best indoor player in the world after winning the National Indoor Championships (now the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships), French Open Indoors (1962, 1963, 1966), German Open Indoors, and Scandinavian Indoor Championships (1960, 1963, 1967, 1970).

Other major championships that Lundqvist won was The British Hard Court Championships in 1965 and 1967, The Pacific Coast Championships (nowadays the SAP Open) in 1962, The South American Outdoor Championships (nowadays the ATP Buenos Aires) in 1962 and The Swedish Open in 1963.

For a complete documentation over Jan-Erik's officially documented Championship finals and wins, read more at http://janeriklundqvist.se/eng/eng-finals.html.

Grand Slam tournamentsEdit

Lundqvist reached the semi-finals twice (1961 and 1964) at the French Open. Both times he lost to the Italian player Nicola Pietrangeli.

During 1958-1965 the official documentations say that Jan-Erik participated 7 times in the French Open, 6 times in The Championships, Wimbledon, 1 time in US Open (tennis) and 1 time in Australian Open.

The tennis playerEdit

As a tennis player, Jan-Erik was known for his aggressive playing style hitting the ball a long distance in front of the body. He had a very good first serve, and he could hit surprisingly hard sliced and totally unreachable stop balls. he had his best successes on clay and outdoor courts. He had in his strongest form in the beginning of the 1960s with few superiors on clay, defeating players such as Manuel Santana, Nicola Pietrangeli, Fred Stolle, Roy Emerson and Neale Fraser.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 427.
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame | Sveriges Tennismuseum". sverigestennismuseum.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-07-31.

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