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By Chris Oddo | Tuesday March 13, 2018

Ken Flach

Tennis mourns the passing of an American doubles legend. Ken Flach was 54.

Photo: AP

The tennis world is mourning the loss of Ken Flach, and American doubles champion and Olympic Gold medalist, who passed away with his family by his bedside after suffering a brief illness on Monday.

He was 54.

Flach, a four-time Grand Slam doubles champion, was known for his legendary partnership with Robert Seguso. He also won two mixed doubles titles at majors and the Gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea.

The ATP said on its website that Flach had initially become ill with bronchitis after playing 36 holes of golf a week ago before it progressed to pneumonia and then sepsis.

“Ken will be remembered as one of the great U.S. doubles players in the history of our sport,” said ATP President Chris Kermode. “On behalf of the ATP, we send our thoughts and deepest condolences to his family at this difficult time.”

Flach finished his 14-season pro career in 1996 with a 34-24 record in doubles finals and a 443-215 match record. He won the Wimbledon and U.S. Open doubles titles twice each as well as the French and Wimbledon mixed titles (with Kathy Jordan).


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