The former Spanish tennis player Andres Gimeno, who won the French Open in 1972, died yesterday (Wednesday) from cancer aged 82.
Andrés Gimeno, the Spanish tennis player who became the oldest man to win the French Open in the professional era, has died. He was 82.
Gimeno was 34 years and 301 days old when he won the French Open in 1972, beating Patrick Proisy in the final.
He had made the Australian Open final three years earlier but lost to Rod Laver.
The Spanish tennis federation says Gimeno died Wednesday following a long illness.
Rafael Nadal, Nineteen times Grand Slam champion, was among those to pay tribute to Gimeno.
“I’ve just been given the sad news of the death of Andres Gimeno, who was without doubt one of the pioneers of tennis in Spain,” Nadal wrote on Twitter.
“I send my condolences to his family. RIP.”
Gimeno, who won one Grand Slam and was Australian Open runner-up in 1969, remains the oldest player to win Roland Garros.