Famous Tennis Player Manuel Orantes

Manuel Orantes

Former Spanish Tennis player Manuel Orantes Corral was born on the 5th of February, 1949 in Grenada, Spain. He was a known tennis player in the decades of 1970’s and 1980’s. His major victory was when he beat defending champion of US Open, Jimmy Connors in 1975. He reached a career high point of being ranked as World’s No.2 on 23rd August, 1973. Orantes’s name was inducted in the International Hall of Fame in the 2012 class.

He bagged in 33 singles titles in his entire career along with qualifying for the Masters for 6 continuous years however his only grand slam title was the 1975 memorable Connor defeat. He was runner up against Bjorn Borg in the French Open in 1974. Orantes also won 22 men’s doubles titles along with being the finalist in the French Open in 1978. He was also the stalwart member of Spain’s Davis Cup from 1967 to 1980. He was also a part of the team which won the World Team Cup inaugural for Spain in 1978. His 33 singles titles include Rome in 1972, Canada in 1975, Hamburg in 1972 and 1975,US Pro Boston in 1977 and 1978, the US Clay Courts Championships in 19 73, 1975 and 1977 and the masters in 1976. He also cleared his path to 35 finals the biggest of them being the French Open in 1974. He faced some major problems with his left arm for which he had to undergo surgery three times. Orantes is also known as one of the most graceful tens players of all times.

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