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Modesto "Tito" Vázquez (born 1 January 1949) is a tennis coach and former professional player from Argentina.

Tito Vázquez
Full nameModesto Vázquez
Country (sports) Argentina
Born (1949-01-01) 1 January 1949 (age 70)
Galicia, Spain
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Career recordNo. 85 (5 March 1975)
Career titles0
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open2R (1973, 1974)
Wimbledon1R (1972, 1975)
US Open4R (1970)
Doubles
Career titles2
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenQF (1974)
Wimbledon1R (1974, 1975, 1977)
US Open1R (1971, 1975)

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BiographyEdit

Vázquez, born in Galicia region of Spain, emigrated to Buenos Aires with his family at a young age.[1] They were one of many Spanish families to move to Argentina after the Civil War.[1] He had his third birthday while on the ship to South America.[1]

Playing careerEdit

A successful junior in Argentina, he went to UCLA and played NCAA tennis from 1967 to 1971, in a team which featured Jimmy Connors.[2] He was called up by Argentina during the 1968 Davis Cup for a tie against Venezuela in Caracas and also featured in the 1970 Davis Cup, when he played Chile in Buenos Aires. These would be his only two appearances in the tournament. He made it to the fourth round of the 1970 US Open and en route defeated Pancho Segura, who was making his final singles appearance in a Grand Slam.[3][4] At the 1974 French Open, Vázquez partnered Guillermo Vilas in the men's doubles and the pair reached the quarter-finals. It was with Vilas that he won his first title on the Grand Prix circuit, the doubles at Hilversum in 1974. His only other title came back home in Buenos Aires, with Carlos Kirmayr in 1976. He reached another Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 1977 French Open, with Raquel Giscafré in the mixed doubles.

CoachingEdit

As a coach he quickly made an impact when he led Victor Pecci to the final of the 1979 French Open.[2] During his coaching career he captained the Argentine, Paraguayan and Venezuelan Davis Cup teams. He first captained Argentina in the late 1980s and again from 2009 to 2011.[5] Under Vázquez, Argentina finished second in the World Group in 2011.[6]

Grand Prix career finalsEdit

Doubles: 4 (2–2)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 1973 Jackson, United States Hard   Jaime Pinto-Bravo   Zan Guerry
  Frew McMillan
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 1973 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   José Edison Mandarino   Jim McManus
  Raúl Ramírez
2–6, 2–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 1974 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Guillermo Vilas   Lito Álvarez
  Julián Ganzábal
6–2, 3–6, 6–1, 6–2
Winner 4. 1976 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Carlos Kirmayr   Ricardo Cano
  Belus Prajoux
6–4, 7–5

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Clarey, Christopher (30 November 2011). "Argentina Again So Close, Yet So Far". New York Times. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Harman, Neil (5 November 2000). "Vasquez at home in youth development". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Quarter-finals of US open tennis". The Canberra Times. ACT: National Library of Australia. 11 September 1970. p. 22. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Pancho Segura". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Davis Cup team". The Times-News. 13 July 1988. p. 18. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Tennis - Argentina name Jaite as Davis Cup captain". Reuters. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2015.

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