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Hall of Famer Andrés Gimeno Dies At Age 82

Hall of Famer Andrés Gimeno has passed away at age 82.

The former world No. 3 made history when he won the 1972 French Open at age 34 and 9 months—becoming the oldest first-time men's Grand Slam champion.

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An all-court player, Gimeno compiled a 787-473 lifetime singles record. He reached the 1969 Australian Open final, bowing to Rod Laver in straight sets.

The next year, Gimeno was a Wimbledon semifinalist.

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal paid tribute to Gimeno in a Twitter post. 

"They just told me the sad news of the death of AndresGimeno," Nadal wrote. "Without doubt one of the pioneers of tennis in Spain and a great athlete. A heartfelt greeting to your family."

After his playing days were done, Gimeno headed a tennis club in Barcelona and served as a tennis analyst for Spanish television.

Gimeno was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009 becoming the fourth Spanish player to be inducted into the prestigious Newport, Rhode Island Hall of Fame.

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