Andrés Gimeno

Born:
August 03, 1937
Place of Birth:
Barcelona, Spain
Citizenship:
Spain
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:
2009
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 9

When he captured the French Open title in 1972 at age 34, Spain’s Andrés Gimeno became the oldest ever to win at Roland Garros. Securing that title was a fitting capstone to a superb career. An authentic craftsman with terrific ground strokes and extraordinary strategic acumen, Gimeno was one of the finest professionals of the 1960s. He demonstrated his excellence by making it to the final of the initial Australian Open in 1969, reaching the semifinals of the French Open and Wimbledon in that span, and, most importantly, conducting himself as an ambassador for the game. 

Interview with Andres Gimeno - English
Interview with Andres Gimeno - Spanish

 

Andres Gimeno: Pasion por el Tenis 
In April 2013, Mr. Gimeno released a new book reflecting on his life and career as a tennis professional.  

Why did you decide now was the right time to write a book? 
I decided to write my memories because now at 75 years old, it is a nice time for me to look back on all my tennis memories, and I believe my personal experience can contribute to the sport’s fans, players, and leaders. Tennis has been my life and my passion. I had an amazing life during all the years as a professional tennis player, I believe everyone will enjoy hearing about those experiences in reading this book. I appreciate having this opportunity to share these stories, and I thank the two journalists who have helped me make this book possible.

What are some of your favorite memories that are in the book? 
My favorite tennis memory will always be winning Roland Garros at age 34. I think readers will enjoy other parts of my story as well though – I’ve included memories from my tennis travels from Nariobi to England, and stories of my experiences in big tournaments and small, and about playing during the pre-Open Era and the Open Era.  

Also, of course you won the trophy Conde de Godo. What did that mean for you win in Barcelona?
That was wonderful for me as well. It was very important to win the trophy Conde de Godo. It was an endorsement of my game, and I was proud because I knew the courts and crowd so well. 

What do you enjoy most about watching current tennis?
Wimbledon is my favorite tournament to watch and I love watching Roger Federer play. 

If you could give advice to current young players, what would you say? 
You must live and breathe the sport 24 hours a day. Commit to the game, and enjoy the experience. 

Where can people purchase the book?
The book can be purchased online through the publisher. Click here to order

 

En Espanol

¿Por qué decidir ahora era el momento adecuado para escribir un libro?
Me decidí a escribir mis recuerdos, porque ahora a los 75 años de edad, es un buen momento para mí de mirar atrás todos mis tenis recuerdos, y creo que mi experiencia personal puede contribuir a los aficionados del deporte, jugadores y dirigentes. Tenis ha sido mi vida y mi pasión. Yo tenía una increíble vida durante todos los años como jugador de tenis profesional, creo que todo el mundo disfrutará de esas experiencias de lectura de este libro.

¿Cuáles son algunos de sus memorias favoritos que están en el libro?
Mis memoria favorita siempre será ganar Roland Garros a los 34 años de edad. Creo que los lectores iran disfrutar de las otras partes de mi historia. Yo tengo incluido las memorias de mi tenis se desplaza desde Nariobi a Inglaterra, y las historias de mis experiencias en grandes y pequeños torneos, y acerca de cuando jugava durante antes de la pre-era abierta y despues de la era abierta.

También, por supuesto, ganó el trofeo Conde de Godo. ¿Qué significa para usted esta victoria en Barcelona?
Que fue maravilloso para mí. Es muy importante ganar el trofeo Conde de Godo. Es un respaldo de mi juego, y me siento orgulloso porque yo conecia las canchas y los trenzados.

¿Qué es lo que más te gusta de ver en el tenis actual?
Wimbledon es mi torneo favorito para ver y me encanta ver Roger Federer.

Si se le puede dar asesoramiento a los actuales jugadores jóvenes, ¿qué le diría?
Usted debe vivir y respirar el deporte 24 horas al día. Comprometerse con el juego, y disfrutar de la experiencia.

Donde las personas pueden comprar el libro?
El libro puede ser adquirido en línea aquí: http://www.turpial.com/?product=andres-gimeno-pasion-por-el-tenis-manel-serras-y-jaume-pujol-galceran

Grand Slam Record

Australian Open

  • Singles Finalist 1969

French Open

  • Singles Champion 1972

US Open

  • Doubles Finalist 1968

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1958-60, 1972-73

	

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