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Career Highlights

1948 – US National Championships (US Open),  US Clay Courts
1949 – US National Championships, US Clay
Courts,& US Indoors. First Player to
hold all three titles on these three
different surfaces in the same year.
1951-53 – Professional World Singles in Wembly, England
1956 – Professional World Singles in Wembly,  England Tournament not played in 54 & 55.

Pro Tours Won by Richard:
1954-61 – Professional Tour Champion for 8 years
1954 – Won round-robin tour with Frank Sedgeman, Pancho Segura, and Don Budge
Defeats Ken McGregor 15-0
Defeats Denny Pails 45-7
Defeats Pancho Segura 40-8
1953-56 – Defeats Tony Tabert 74-27
1957 – Defeats Ken Rosewall 51-26
1958 – Defeats Lew Hoad 51-36
1959 – Won round-robin tour with Hoad, Mal Anderson and Ashley Cooper
1960 – Won round-robin tour against Rosewall, Segura, & Olmedo with a 49-8 record (Rosewall 2nd at 32-35)
During this tour Richard was so superior to his competition Kramer tried limiting the server to one serve and certain other bounce rule changes.
1961 – After a 6 month retirement, won round-robin tour with Butch Buchholz, Barry McKay, Andrea Gimeno, Hoad, Olmedo, Talbert and Cooper. Richard retires as King.

Professional World Championships Tournament

1953 – Defeats Don Budge 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2
1954
– Defeats Frank Sedgeman 6-3, 9-7, 3-6, 6-2
1955 – Defeats Pancho Segura 21-16, 19-21, 21-8, 20-22, 21-19*
1956 - Defeats Pancho Segura 21-15, 13-21, 21-14, 22-20*
1957 - Defeats Pancho Segura 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
1958 - Defeats Lew Hoad 3-6, 4-6, 14-12, 6-1, 6-4
1959 - Defeats Lew Hoad 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
1960 - Did not play
1961 - Defeats Frank Sedgeman 6-3, 7-5
1962 - Didn’t play (retired)
1964 Defeats Andres Gimeno 6-2, 15-13

Individual Tournaments

1964 Wins US Pro Indoor NY defeating Ken
Rosewall in finals 5-7, 3-6, 10-8, 11-9,
8-6
1965 Wins Dallas CBS Championships
defeating Ken Rosewall in finals.
First fully televised match.
1966 Wins Wembly Championships
defeating Rod Laver in the finals 6-3,
5-7, 12-10
1968 Wins LA Open (LA Forum) defeating
Laver in finals in 3 sets
1969 Wins Howard Hughes Open (most
monetarily prestigious tournament) by
defeating Arthur Ashe in the finals 6-0,
6-2, 6-4
1970 Wins $10,000 winner take all match
against Rod Laver before 15,000 fans
at Madison Square Garden 7-5, 3-6,
2-6, 6-3, 6-2
1970 Wins $10,000 winner take all match
against John Newcombe 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
1970 Wins Howard Hughes Open defeating
Rod Laver in finals 6-1, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
1971 Wins LA Open defeating Jimmy
Connors in the
finals 6-2, 7-5
1972 At age 44, win Des Moines ATP
tournament defeating Frenchman
Georges Goven. He is the oldest player
to win a professional tour championship
(the record still stands ).

This is a very limited list of Pancho’s record, and
excludes several other significant
accomplishments.

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