By Nick Georgandis
July 17 - Seven-time Grand Slam winner Ilie Nastase turns 67. The Romanian former No. 1 is one of just five players in history to win 100 professional titles - taking 57 in singles and 45 in doubles and he was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1991. Nastase was ranked No. 1 in the world from August of 1973 through June of 1974. In 1972, he defeated Arthur Ashe in five sets to win the US Open and in 1973, he won the French open without dropping a set, notching 17 titles in all. In men's doubles, he won the 1970 French Open with Ion Tiriac, and the 1973 Wimbledon and 1975 US Open titles with Jimmy Connors. He also teamed with American Rosemarie Casals to win the mixed doubles crowns at Wimbledon in 1970 and 1972.
Belgium's Xavier Malisse, currently ranked No. 88 in the world, turns 33. Malisse has been ranked as high as No. 19 in the world, the highest a Belgian has ever been placed. In 2002, he reached the Wimbledon semifinals. He has three career ATP titles.
July 20 - Margaret Smith Court, the first woman in the Open Era to win the Grand Slam title in a single season (1970), and the all-time leader in Grand Slams, turns 71. In her amazing career, Court won 64 Grand Slams - 24 in singles (the all-time lead), 19 in women's doubles and 21 in mixed doubles. She is the only woman to win the mixed doubles Grand Slam in a single season and did so twice (1963, 1965). She also has the highest all-time winning percentage - 91.68% with 1,180 wins against just 107 losses. She won 192 titles in all, 92 during the Open Era, and won the Australian Open 11 times (1960-1966, 1969-1971, 1973) as a singles player. In singles she won the French Open five times, Wimbledon thrice and the US Open five times.
Posted: 7/13/2013 7:01:06 AM