Spanish Tennis Legend Manolo Santana Dies at 83

Tennis legend Manolo Santana has died at age 83. He is noted for being the first Spanish player to have won at Wimbledon in 1966. In addition to that, Santana has also won four Grand Slam titles.

His death was announced last Saturday. The French Open and US Open champion had been battling a long-term illness prior to his death. He died in Malaga.

He is considered one of the legends in Spanish and international tennis. And is known as one of the best tennis players that Spain has ever produced. In addition to his victories in the Grand Slams, he has also won a David Cup and was also successful at the 1986 Mexico Olympics.

In his later years, he remained active in the sport and set up and managed both the Manolo Santana Racquets Club and the Sports Centre Manolo Santana in Marbella and Madrid, respectively. Up to 2019, he was also active in organizing the Madrid Masters.

Fellow Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal led the tributes. “We will miss you Manolo; you will always be unique and special,” tweeted Nadal.

Other tennis players who took to Twitter with their tributes include Simona Halep who said, We lost a tennis legend and a great, kind man today. Rest In Peace Manolo Santana.”

Tennis TV also posted a tribute saying, “May 1938 - December 2021. Rest in peace, Manolo Santana.”

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