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By Nick Georgandis


Germany's Benjamin Becker, ranked No. 85 in the world, turns 32. Becker has been ranked as high s No. 38 and has one ATP title. He is not related to former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker.


Arthur "Bud" Collins, the foremost tennis journalist in the word, turns 84. Collins is the author of the Bud Collins Tennis Encyclopedia and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994.

Tennis agent pioneer and former Davis Cup captain Donald Dell turns 75. As a player, Dell was a three-time all-American at Yale and reached No. 5 in the world in 1961. He played for the US Davis Cup team in 1961 and 1963, and was the captain of winning teams in 1968 and 1969. He helped establish the ATP in 1972 and represented the likes of Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe in the 1970s.

Thirteen-time Grand Slam doubles champion Leander Paes turns 40. Paes, currently ranked No. 13 in the world in doubles, has 13 Slams - seven in men's doubles, six in mixed. Paes completed the men's doubles career Slam in 2012 when he won the Australian Open. He has three titles at the French Open (1999, 2001, 2009), one at Wimbledon (2009) and two at the US Open (2006, 2009). He has won three of the four mixed doubles Slams, lacking only the French Open. He has won Australia twice (2003, 2010), Wimbledon three times (1999, 2003, 2010) and the US Open once (2008).

Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis, currently ranked No. 38 in the world, turns 28. Baghdatis has been ranked as high as No. 8 in the world and has four career titles. He reached the Australian Open final in 2006, losing to Roger Federer.


Ecuador's Pancho Segura, a No. 1 player in the 1940s and 1950s, turns 92. He was the only player to win the US Pro title on three different surfaces, doing so between 1950-1952. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1984.

Doris Hart, the first woman to complete the career Grand Slam in singles as well as the career "boxed" set, turns 88. In total, she won 35 Grand Slams - six in singles and 29 in doubles. In mixed doubles, she won at least three Slams a year from 1951-1953. The only other two women to complete the boxed set are Margaret Court and Martina Navratilova.

Raul Ramirez, three-time Grand Slam winner and a former Top 5 player in men's singles and doubles, turns 60. Ramirez was ranked No. 4 in the world in singles in 1976 and spent 61 weeks ranked No. 1 in doubles starting the same year. He won 60 doubles titles including three mixed doubles Grand Slams - Wimbledon in 1976 and the French Open in 1975 and 1977.